The Dairy Industry (Amendment) Act No.156 was assented to on 31 December 1983 (1), and replaced the Dairy Industry Marketing Authority with the New South Wales Dairy Corporation on 6 January 1984(2).
Plans for the deregulation of the dairy industry were scheduled in the Act for 1 July 1998,(3) in the Dairy Industry (Amendment) Act 1993, No.103, which commenced on 2 December 1993.(4)
From this date the Corporations responsibility for setting the prices of milk, from the point of packaging onwards was ended and vehicle vendors were no longer to be issued with authorised trading areas or zones, which also meant that milk processors were no longer subject to zoning. The corporation was to continue to hold responsibility for monitoring the quality and health standards for milk and dairy products.(5)
In 1996, three new additions were created within the Corporation, namely, (i) Regulatory Services, which was responsible for the activities of food safety, pricing, milk accountability and government reporting, (ii) Industry Services, responsible for policy development, supply management and commercial services (iii) Corporate Services, which was responsible for strategic planning, finance and administrative support.(6)
On 1 July 1999, the New South Wales Dairy Corporation was dissolved and its responsibilities and functions were transferred to Safe Food Production NSW.(7)
(1) New South Wales Government Gazette No.6, 13 January 1984, Vol.1, p.129
(2) New South Wales Government Gazette No.4, 6 January 1984, Vol.1, p.19
(3) Dairy Industry (Amendment) Act No.103, 1993, s.3, schedule 1.
(4) New South Wales Government Gazette No.136, 10 December 1993, Volume 4, Part 2, p.7172
(5) Annual Report of the New South Wales Dairy Corporation,1996-1997, p.16
(6) Annual Report of the New South Wales Dairy Corporation,1996-1997, p.11
(7) Annual Report of Safe Food Production NSW 1999/2000, p1