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Dairy Industry Consultative Committee

The NSW Dairy Industry Consultative Committee (DICC) was established to provide the Minister for Primary Industries and the NSW Food Authority with a consistent and concise forum for consulting on matters relating to the Dairy Food Safety Scheme.

In particular, it consults on matters including:

  1. the continuing operation of the Dairy Food Safety Scheme
  2. any proposed amendment of the Dairy Food Safety Scheme.

Section 105 of the Food Act 2003 requires the Food Authority to consult with industry sectors affected by a regulatory Food Safety Scheme, in accordance with provisions of that Scheme.

The Dairy Food Safety Scheme under Food Regulation 2015 commenced in November 2014.

The committee performs a consultative role with government to ensure the safe and suitable supply of dairy products for human consumption and advises the Food Authority on policies and practices that may be introduced into Dairy Food Safety Schemes.

DICC members are appointed by the CEO of the Food Authority with membership drawn from a broad skills base across the dairy sector. Each member has expertise in specific fields enabling them to provide the Food Authority with a broad range of expert advice and new ideas to enhance strategic focus and issue resolution across the dairy sector.

Members are appointed for a term of up to 2 years and the DICC is chaired by the Food Authority.

Functions of the Dairy Industry Consultative Committee

The DICC provides feedback to the Minister for Primary Industries and the Food Authority on issues relating to dairy industries, including:

  • food safety policy and practices
  • the Dairy Food Safety Scheme
  • labelling, handling and hygiene
  • investigating and prosecuting businesses and individuals engaged in deceptive or misleading conduct.

Meetings

The DICC meets approximately every 6 months, with agenda items called for 1 month before each meeting.

Meeting outcomes

Terms of Reference

The primary objective of the DICC is to contribute to the Food Authority’s goal of ensuring the production and sale of dairy products that are safe and suitable for human consumption, by advising on policy and practices introduced into diary food safety schemes and developed through a consultative process.

The DICC consults with the Food Authority on food safety schemes under the Food Act 2003 relating to the dairy industry.

The DICC is also consulted on other dairy industry matters covered by the provisions of the Food Regulation 2015. This may include:

  • Conducting consultation with the Food Authority for the purposes of section 105 of the Act in relation to the dairy food safety scheme
  • The ongoing review of the operation of the dairy food safety scheme.

Where considered appropriate, the DICC may establish sub-committees to address specific issues between scheduled DICC meetings.

In addressing issues, the DICC will take into account, where appropriate, the policies and practices of interstate and overseas government food agencies and industry organisations.

Where appropriate, members will provide industry updates and current issues at each DICC meeting.

The Food Authority may continue to provide the Minister with its own advice on issues that come before the DICC.

DICC Charter and Procedural Guidelines

DICC Membership

Representation Name/Address Email
Chair

DR LISA SZABO
Group Director Food Safety & CEO Food Authority
NSW Food Authority
PO Box 6682
Silverwater NSW 1811

raquel.bonnar@dpi.nsw.gov.au
(Senior Branch Support Officer) 

Dairy producers
(Dairy Connect)

 
MRS RUTH KYDD
“Avonmore”
RMB 3065, 1045 Barnes Road
FINLEY NSW 2713

nkydd@bigpond.com  

Dairy producers
(NSW Farmers Association)

MR PHIL RYAN
Dairy Delegate at NSW Farmers’ Association
Po Box 861, 
BEGA NSW 2550

 

hillgrovedairy@gmail.com
Dairy processors
(Bega Cheese)
MRS BIMI SINGH
Site Quality Manager at Bega Cheese
Bega Cheese Ltd
24-45 Ridge Street
BEGA NSW 2550
bimi.singh@begacheese.com.au
Dairy processors
(The Riverina Dairy)
MR JUSTIN WILSON
Quality Assurance Manager at The Riverina Dairy Pty Ltd
470-482 Hovell Street
Albury NSW 2640
justinw@riverinadairy.com
Dairy processors
(Pecora Dairy)
MR MICHAEL McNAMARA
Director
Pheasant Ground Pty Ltd
PO Box 3179
ROBERTSON NSW 2577
pheasantground@gmail.com
Dairy processors
(Serendipity Ice Cream)

MS SARAH MANDELSON
Chief Executive Officer
Serendipity Ice Cream
333 Enmore Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

sarah@serendipityicecream.com.au

Dairy processors
(Parmalat)

MRS ALLISON DAVID
Factory Manager
Norco Foods, a Division of Norco
Co-operative
1 North Street
Raleigh NSW 2577

allisond@norco.com.au

Dairy research
(Dairy NSW)
MS JANE SHERBORNE
Chair, Dairy NSW
C/- 11 Range Street
Burrawang NSW 2577
sherbs5@bigpond.com
Dairy Australia MRS HELEN DORNOM
Manager, Sustainability including Food Safety & Integrity
Dairy Australia
Locked Bag 104
Flinders Lane VIC 8009
hdornom@dairyaustralia.com.au
NSW Department of
Primary Industries 

DR SARAH BRITTON 
NSW Chief Veterinary Officer and Group Director Animal Biosecurity
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Biosecurity & Food Safety NSW
Locked Bag 21
Orange NSW 2800

sarah.britton@dpi.nsw.gov.au
NSW Department of
Primary Industries 

MR IAN SANDERS
Director International Engagement
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Locked Bag 21
Orange NSW 2800

ian.sanders@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Contact

Enquiries regarding the DICC can be made by contacting the relevant industry representative of the NSW Food Authority helpline at:

contact@foodauthority.nsw.gov.au 
on 1300 552 406
or by fax 02 9647 0026.