Imports on the rise
As local production has reduced in recent years, imports have been steadily rising, further adding to the woes of local players. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 111,000 tonnes of cheese was imported in 2017-18, with New Zealand being the main exporter, followed by the U.S.
Covid-19 to further impact industry
The Covid-19 has brought various industries in Australia to a virtual standstill. Although the dairy industry is still functioning internally, exports and imports with nations such as China and the U.S. have been disrupted and this is set to impact industry revenues in the short to medium term.