The organisation regularly works with governments and other stakeholders to ensure that dairy is well represented when key issues arise.
The QDO also manages and delivers a range of programs and projects on behalf of and for the industry, with a range of industry partners. Programs such as the Rural Water Use Efficiency’s Dairy and Fodder Water for Profit scheme, managed by the QDO, provides financial assistance and feedback to eligible dairy farmers throughout the state to assist with improvements to irrigation and effluent reuse and management systems.
A range of Natural Resource Management programs are managed by the QDO, in partnership with the Subtropical Dairy Program, delivering information, support and direct financial assistance to many dairy farmers throughout Queensland to assist with sustainable and profitable dairy farming.
Information services provided by the QDO for its members include the Weekly QDO Update, Northern Dairyfarmer magazine (published bi-monthly) and this website.
A range of member services have been sourced to provide tangible cash benefits to participating members, including:
Membership discounts linked to Wesfarmers Federation Insurance policies
Discounts on a range of new and used vehicles
Access to Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (Commerce Queensland's) advice line for Workplace Health and Safety, Workers Compensation, wage award rates and other employment information
When these benefits are combined they can exceed the annual cost of membership. These are but a few areas where the QDO is working for members every day.
The QDO is a ‘not for profit’ company limited by guarantee, with voluntary dairy farmer membership and democratically member elected representatives at local, regional and state levels.
QDO has a State Council of 8 dairy farmers democratically elected from throughout the State and five District Councils of democratically elected dairy farmers, including Far North Queensland, Central Queensland & Wide Bay Burnett, Darling Downs and South East Queensland. Within the district council regions the QDO has a number of local QDO branches.
QDO employs a small head office staff team to perform advocacy, member service, financial and administration functions. The QDO, on behalf of the industry, also employs a team of professional staff to manage and deliver a range of programs including the Dairy and Fodder Water for Profit and Natural Resource Management programs.
With Government funding support, on behalf of the industry, the QDO employs an industry development officer through a secondment from the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.