Department of Agriculture (Australia)

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This article is about the present-day Australian Government Department of Agriculture. For the defunct Australian Government Department of Agriculture that existed between 1974 and 1975, see Department of Agriculture (1974-1975).
Department of Agriculture
Department overview
Formed 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)[1]
Preceding Department Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Employees 4,200[citation needed]
Ministers responsible Barnaby Joyce,
Minister for Agriculture
Richard Colbeck,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture
Department executives Paul Grimes, Secretary
Mark Tucker, Deputy Secretary
Rona Mellor PSM, Deputy Secretary
Phillip Glyde, Deputy Secretary
Child agencies AQIS - Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
ABARE - Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics
BRS - Bureau of Rural Sciences
Biosecurity Australia
AFMA - Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Wheat Exports Australia
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
Cotton Research and Development Corporation
Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
Grains Research and Development Corporation
Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Sugar Research and Development Corporation
Wine Australia Corporation
Website www.daff.gov.au

The Australian Department of Agriculture is a department of the Government of Australia charged with the responsibility to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable.

The head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, presently Paul Grimes, who is responsible to the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP.

Overview[edit]

DAFF policies and programs:

  • encourage and support sustainable natural resource use and management
  • protect the health and safety of plant and animal industries
  • enable industries to adapt to compete in a fast-changing international and economic environment
  • help improve market access and market performance for the agricultural and food sector
  • encourage and assist industries to adopt new technology and practices
  • assist primary producers and the food industry to develop business and marketing skills, and to be financially self-reliant.

History[edit]

The department was formed by way of an Administrative Order issued on 18 September 2013[2] and replaced the functions previously performed by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Operational activities[edit]

The department facilitates the development of self-reliant, profitable, competitive and sustainable Australian farm businesses and industries. Through consultation with industry, the department develops and implements policies and programs that help to assure product safety and integrity. Particular emphasis is placed on on-farm risk management that relates to food safety.

Divisions which fall within the broader department include: Sustainable Resource Management (Fisheries), Climate Change (Drought Assistance, Australia's Farming Future, Forestry), Agricultural Productivity (FarmReady, Animal Welfare, Crops Horticulture & Wine, Food) and Trade & Market Access (Free Trade Agreements). The department's biosecurity function, which was previously performed by AQIS, manages quarantine controls at Australia's borders to minimise the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering the country. The department also provides import and export inspection and certification to help retain Australia’s highly favourable animal, plant and human health status and wide access to overseas export markets.

Biosecurity[edit]

The department manages quarantine controls at Australia's borders to minimise the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering the country. The department also provides import and export inspection and certification to help retain Australia’s highly favourable animal, plant and human health status and wide access to overseas export markets.

Australia is free from a number of biological threats, such as foot and mouth disease, that have had major economic and environmental consequences for other countries.

As international travel has become easier, the job of keeping Australia free of unwanted pests has become more demanding. The department continuously looks to improve the effectiveness of the quarantine effort by working closely with other areas within the department to manage Australia’s biosecurity system. We also work closely with other Australian Government agencies – such as Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Department of Health and Ageing, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and state/territory governments – to support their management of post–border detections and incursions of quarantine pests and diseases, and to support our own verification and certification activities for agriculture and food products.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CA 9430: Department of Agriculture [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 9 April 2014 
  2. ^ "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 

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