• We bring value by maximising benefits to all sectors of the Victorian dairy industry and dairy communities.

  • We are experienced in dairy; by collaborating with industry we have developed together over the past 16 years

  • We contribute to the conversation on dairy by sharing knowledge and inspiring improved practices

  • Our support to the Victorian dairy industry is upheld by a prudent and successful investment strategy

Our Purpose

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation purpose is to maximise benefits to the Victorian dairy industry and dairy communities. 

  • >$60m invested since 2000
  • 730 projects funded over 16 years
  • $165m total value of cash and in-kind contribution

2019 'Working in Dairy Communities' - Small Grants Program

Applications for the 2019 'Working in Dairy Communities' - Small Grants Program open from Tuesday 5th February and close 5pm Tuesday 19th March 2019. To express your interest in applying for a grant, please contact FRRR.


2019 Free Grant Seeker Workshops – LIMITED SPACES REGISTER NOW!


Cohuna - Tuesday 5th February 10.30am - 1:00pm, Northern District Community Health (NDCH) - Cohuna, 33 King Edward Street, Cohuna – Register here

Simpson - Wednesday 6th February 10.30am - 1:00pm, Simpson & District Community Centre, 11 Jayarra Street, Simpson – Register here 

Bairnsdale - Wednesday 13th of February 2019 10.30am -1:00pm, Bairnsdale Council Corporate Centre, 273 Main Street, Bairnsdale – Call East Gippsland Shire Council on 5153 9500 to RSVP


Strategic Investments

Our strategic investments focus on five key areas; Pre-farm Gate Innovation, Post-farm Gate Innovation, People Development, Industry Support and Community Development 

  • Pre-farm Gate Innovation

    Australian dairy farms must remain profitable and internationally competitive in a complex and challenging environment. Our funding in Pre-farm Gate Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) aligns with the priority areas as identified by the national strategic framework ‘Dairy Moving Forward.’

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  • Post-farm Gate Innovation

    A sustainable dairy industry needs innovation, safe production processes as well as the ability and understanding to adapt to changing markets and consumer sentiments. Our Post-farm Gate funding supports Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) in these areas.

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  • People Development

    Gardiner Dairy Foundation invests in emerging leaders to help develop a long term future for the industry. Our investment is through programs integrated across the dairy value chain. 

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  • Industry Support

    Gardiner Dairy Foundation supports industry to drive change and enable improvement through collaborative relationships with key industry stakeholders.

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  • Community Development

    Supporting the communities that underpin the dairy industry

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News and Events

Our latest media releases, articles, blogs and events

  • Grants on offer for Victorian dairy communities

    22 January 2019
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  • Seven future dairy leaders to embark on NZ study tour

    Media Release: 2019 NZ Study Tour
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  • Dairy to join forces to set industry agenda

    Media Release: Australian Dairy Plan
    Read More Gardiner Foundation 2 months ago
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  • Characterising responses to GnRH before AI in dairy cows

    This project was undertaken to enhance the reproductive performance of dairy cows in synchronisation programs by improvi...
    Read More Gardiner Foundation 5 years ago
  • Linking milk powder back to the farm

    In order to make the manufacturing process of milk powders more efficient, this project aimed to better understand the r...
    Read More Gardiner Foundation 5 years ago
  • Links between pre-milking hygiene and mastitis risk

    This research was undertaken over two years to determine whether pre-milking hygiene treatments would be cost effective.
    Read More Gardiner Foundation 6 years ago