SA Dairyfarmers' Association


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Associate Membership

Any person, company other legal entity or a partnership not actively engaged in the primary production of milk but with an interest or involvement in the dairy industry may become an “Associate Member” of the Association.

Associate members are required to pay an annual membership subscription.

Associate members do not have the right to vote in the business of the Association.

Associate members receive the SADA Update Newsletter and are kept fully informed about current issues.

Subscription Fee: $187.50 (inc GST) per year invoiced annually in July

Full Membership

Any person, company other legal entity or a partnership engaged in the primary production of milk is eligible to become a “Full Member” of the Association.

A “Full Member” is required to pay a levy and an annual membership subscription.

A Full Member is entitled to one vote in the business of the Association or where a “Full Member” is a partnership or corporation with two or more officers such membership entitles two representatives to vote in the business of the Association.

Full members are eligible for nomination and election to the SADA Board and Committees.

Full members receive the SADA Update Newsletter, all member benefits & services including legal and industrial, and all lobbying efforts.

Subscription Fee: $187.50 (inc GST) per year paid annually in July
Plus Levy payment: 2.880 cents per Kilogram of protein (inc GST) supplied to the Processor in each calendar month paid on or before 15th day of any relevant calendar month in respect of milk supplied in the preceding calendar month

Membership Fees are paid directly by your processor from your monthly milk payment.

The Levy payment is capped at $2205 (inc GST) reviewed annually adjusted in relation to average herd size (Dairy Australia – Dairy Focus)

If you expect your business will exceed the capped amount in any given year you can request SADA to invoice quarterly.

Subscription Fee: $187.50 (inc. GST) in the month of July, or as pro rata
Levy payment: $551.25 (inc. GST) Levy per quarter
Total: $2392.50 per annum (inc. GST).

Full Membership for Small Processors OR Dairy Farms Supplying Small Processors

Subscription Fee: $187.50 (inc GST) invoiced in the month of July, or as pro rata
Plus Levy Payment: Levy of One Dollar and Ten Cents, $2.13 (inc GST) per cow per quarter OR $551.25 (inc GST) per quarter, whichever is the lesser, invoiced quarterly

Further Information

Download Membership Application Form

This is a digital form that can be filled out and signed online, then Email to

or print and post to Unit 5, 780 South Road, GLANDORE SA 5037

Member Services

MERS has been providing mediations services mainly in the workplace environment since 1999.

We have conducted in excess of 600 workplace mediations and a variety of mediations at the Magistrates Court of South Australia

We have been engaged on many occasions by Return to Work SA agents, employers and, employees in South Australia to mediate workplace disputes as well as commercial disputes.

In addition to our mediation services, we provide:

Industrial Relations advisory and advocacy service, and

Appearances before various Tribunals, including Fair Work Commission, the SA Employment Tribunal and the Equal Opportunity Commission of South Australia.

Our services include assisting workplaces by:

Developing workplace agreements including Enterprise Agreements,

Individual Flexible Arrangement Agreements,

Employment agreements, and

Conducting independent investigations into allegations of inappropriate workplace behaviour.

Our client base includes employers and employees in both the private and public sectors.


It’s easy to become complacent when it comes to farm security. Sometimes it’s just more convenient to leave the ute keys in the ignition when it’s parked in the shed. How often do you lock the front door when you’re off down the paddock?

Theft from farms is actually a big problem. According to a 2015 University of New England study, the biggest criminal activities affecting farmers are trespassing and illegal hunting or fishing, stock theft, theft of tools or equipment, fuel theft and illegal rubbish dumping. Here are some tips to help keep your property safe.


If no one lives on your property, or if you’re away for the day or away on holidays, arrange for someone to regularly check on it. Even if this might not stop opportunistic theft, it does mean you’re able to get the police involved at the earliest possible time in the hope they can catch those responsible.


Know what you own. Keep a complete list of all your tools, machinery and equipment in a safe place. Write down serial numbers and take photographs. It’ll help police track down the items and help with your insurance claim if the items can’t be returned.


This seems obvious, but it’s all too easy to be underinsured — and you might not notice until it’s too late. Review your insurance coverage to make sure you have enough and that everything is included on your policy.


Don’t leave keys in vehicles, no matter how convenient it might seem. Install a secure key cabinet in a suitable location and keep it locked.


Fuel is an expensive resource and it’s among the top items stolen from farms. Keep your fuel under lock and key in a location well away from a public road and where you can monitor it.


Tools, machinery and larger pieces of equipment like air compressors, pumps and generators are all prime targets for theft. Include them on your inventory. And, most importantly, lock your sheds and toolboxes where you keep these items.


Engrave items so they are easily identified and hard to sell on. Or install GPS trackers on them so they can be located if they are stolen.