On this page:
- Where we're up to
- Policy recommendations
- Stages of the review
- Current stage
Update – 6 June 2019
Decisions about changes to the DIRA released
We've released information about the decisions and changes to the DIRA that the review and public consultation generated.
The Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 (DIRA) promotes the efficient operation of New Zealand dairy markets.
The DIRA is a significant driver of the dairy industry's performance. When the DIRA was introduced in 2001, it transformed the dairy industry by enabling the creation of Fonterra. A lot has changed since then. In 2015/16 the Commerce Commission reviewed the state of competition in the dairy industry. This review was built on that analysis by taking a more strategic focus and look at the effectiveness and impact of the DIRA across a range of areas. This includes incentives or disincentives the DIRA creates for the dairy industry to transition to:
- higher-value dairy production and dairy processing that global consumers seek for a premium
- more sustainable environmental practices on and off-farm.
Find out more
- Download the terms of reference for the DIRA review [PDF, 138 KB]
- Download the Cabinet paper on DIRA review terms of reference [PDF, 264 KB]
- Find out about the public consultation and get related documents
- Read the Government's media release announcing the DIRA review – 9 May 2018
Where we're up to
As at June 2019, we're at Stage 3. Government has now made policy decisions that will be implemented to amend the DIRA. You'll have an opportunity to comment on government decisions as the Bill progresses through Select Committee.
We've released information about the policy recommendations for regulatory changes to the DIRA, and about what will happen next.