Our regions

Australia’s 5,700 dairy farms are spread across eight unique dairying regions throughout Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia


While the bulk of milk production takes place in Australia’s south-east, each state has a dairy industry that supplies fresh drinking milk to nearby cities and towns, along with a range of high-quality products including fresh milks, yoghurts, cheeses and custards. 

With 43,000 people directly employed in dairy farming, the industry is a vital contributor to regional Australia, providing jobs, supporting local communities and producing some of the best, most nutritious and wholesome milk and dairy products in the world.

Western Australia


  • Dairy farms: 159
  • Cows: 66,000
  • Average herd size: 415
  • Milk production: 0.385 billion litres (4% of national production)
  • South Australia


  • Dairy farms: 228
  • Cows: 75,000
  • Average herd size: 329
  • Milk production: 0.505 billion litres (5% of national production)
  • Murray Region, Northern Victoria and Southern NSW


  • Dairy farms: 1,372
  • Cows: 350,000
  • Average herd size: 255
  • Milk production: 2.074 billion litres (22% of national production)
  • Western Victoria


  • Dairy farms: 1,274
  • Cows: 347,000
  • Average herd size: 272
  • Milk production: 2.066 billion litres (22% of national production
  • Gippsland Region, Victoria


  • Dairy farms: 1,324
  • Cows: 334,000
  • Average herd size: 252
  • Milk production: 1.987 billion litres (21% of national production)
  • Subtropical Region, Queensland, NSW


  • Dairy farms: 519
  • Cows: 100,000
  • Average herd size: 193
  • Milk production: 0.542 billion litres (6% of national production)
  • New South Wales


  • Dairy farms: 411
  • Cows: 114,000
  • Average herd size: 277
  • Milk production: 0.817 billion litres (9% of national production)
  • Tasmania


  • Dairy farms: 412
  • Cows: 175,000
  • Average herd size: 425
  • Milk production: 0.913 billion litres (10% of national production)