Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland)

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Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Agency overview
Preceding agencies Primary Industries and Fisheries
Queensland Department of Primary Industries
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
Jurisdiction State of Queensland
Headquarters Primary Industries Building, 80 Ann Street, Brisbane
Minister responsible John McVeigh

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is a department of the Queensland Government which aims to maximise the economic potential for Queensland's primary industries on a sustainable basis through strategic industrial development.

The unit was formerly known as the Department of Primary Industries which was established on 26 September 1963.[1]


A quarantine area has been established on Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait to stop the spread of the Red banded mango caterpillar.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry provides expertise and support that increases primary industries productivity, expands markets and assists with adaption to change.[2] It conducts research, policy advice, protects against pests and diseases, maintains animal welfare standards, as well as managing fisheries.


The first functions of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry began in 1855 when a sheep scab inspector began work in the New South Wales colony of Moreton Bay. After Queensland's Separation, livestock diseases were addressed through regulations administered by the Stock Branch in the Queensland Colonial Secretary's Office.[3] The Stock Branch was established by the Queensland chief inspector of stock Patrick Robertson Gordon.[4]


The Biosecurity Queensland section is responsible for coordinating efforts to minimise the risks and effects of threatening pests and diseases.[5] Biosecurity Queensland is responsible for weed management in the state.[6]

In 2009, Biosecurity Queensland was successful in its attempt to eradicate a citrus canker outbreak in Central Queensland. The Tree of Knowledge was successfully cloned in 2008 by workers at the former Department of Primary Industries.[7]


In 2009, Primary Industries and Fisheries (now Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) together with the University of Queensland were granted federal funding to study how methane emissions from cattle and sheep could be reduced.[8]


From 1897 to 1921 the department published the Queensland Agricultural Journal.

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  1. ^ "Queensland Department of Primary Industries". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. 8 May 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries". Regional Entry Point. Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. 24 October 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Alison Clark (8 December 2009). "Our history". Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Gordon, Patrick Robertson (1834–1915)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Karl Sismey (25 November 2011). "About Biosecurity". Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "State and territory weed management arrangements". Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Chrissy Arthur (30 April 2008). "Tree of Knowledge cloned". ABC News Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "DPI wins Federal money for cattle emission research". North Queensland Register (Fairfax Media.). 7 April 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 

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