Cattle Council of Australia

The Cattle Council of Australia is the peak producer organisation representing Australia's beef cattle producers. The Cattle Council was established in July 1979, bringing together for the first time all farmer organisations whose members had beef cattle enterprises.

Our Mission

The mission of the Cattle Council of Australia is to represent and progress the interests of Australian beef cattle producers through consultation with, and providing policy advice to, key industry organisations, relevant Federal Government Departments and other bodies regarding issues of national and international importance. We do this through consultative committees, capacity and industry programs and ongoing engagement with producers through our membership base and attendance and promotion of industry events both at the national and international level. Cattle Council also governs itself in line with the Beef Industry Strategic Plan which can be found here

Overseeing the Grassfed Cattle Levy

The Cattle Council of Australia plays an important role in overseeing how the grassfed cattle levy is invested in projects designed to increase on-farm productivity, profitability and sustainability. Information on how the grassfed cattle levy is used can be found here.

Consultative Committees

Consultation with producers is high on the Cattle Council of Australia's agenda in its policy development. The Cattle Council has four consultative committees that are responsible for providing policy advice to the Council. These councils are comprised of volunteers who generously donate their time to this work. More information on our committees can be found here

Industry Programs

The Australian beef cattle industry has put in place a number of the world's best systems and programs which underpin the safety and quality of Australian beef for both our domestic and export consumers.

The Cattle Council of Australia is directly involved in the management and direction of these schemes and ensuring they deliver the best outcomes for producers. Cattle Council is focused on the strategic improvement of these industry programs to align with market and producer needs. Key industry programs that Cattle Council monitors include:

Capacity Programs

The Cattle Council of Australia is passionate about building capacity in the beef sector. Annually the council runs programs which promote the leadership and professional skill development of producers. These programs include:

The Rising Champions Initiative and Australian Company Directors Course applications open annually to members of the Cattle Council of Australia. 

Want to get involved? 

Any beef producer in Australia can become a member of the Cattle Council of Australia. Membership is $100.00 + GST annually per individual or per PIC (for those already members of a State Farming Organisation, the membership fee is waived). Click here for more information on becoming a member.

You can also follow us on Twitter, FacebookInstagram, sign up to receive media releases and view events on our industry calender.


Biosecurity Planning Workshop – Merredin WA

DAFWA Merredin, Great Eastern Highway Merredin, WA Australia


Stock Up - A practical guide to farm biosecurity

Lismore Recreation Reserve

Australian Institute of Company Directors Course

Find out more about Cattle Council’s fully sponsored AICD course - a course designed to help develop your skills in corporate governance an contribute to the beef industry in a leadership capacity.

Direct Membership

Register for Cattle Council of Australia Direct Membership.

Beef Industry Strategic Plan

A robust plan aimed at repositioning the nation’s beef industry for long-term profitability has been released by Cattle Council of Australia. Click here to view the plan.