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What we do

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) aims to enhance the sustainability, profitability and competitiveness of Australia's agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry industries.

We accomplish this by:

  • working with our stakeholders to develop and deliver policies and programs that help our agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry industries
  • protecting Australia's agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry industries by providing quarantine and inspection services and export certification that maintains our favourable pest and disease status
  • protecting and developing the natural resource base on which portfolio industries rely
  • negotiating access to international markets for our animals, plants and associated products
  • providing independent research, policy analysis, forecasts and advice on economic issues affecting our agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry industries
  • providing independent scientific advice, social analysis and science-based quarantine and policy advice
  • representing the Australian Government at international meetings relating to agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry.

Who we are

We have 4388 full-time equivalent staff in Australia and overseas, including policy officers, program administrators, economists, meat inspectors, researchers, veterinary officers, program administrators, communicators and project managers. Our staff work in places as varied as offices, airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs; located in regional centres, rural communities and capital cities.

Our outcomes

We are working with our stakeholders towards two outcomes:

Outcome 1: More sustainable, productive, internationally competitive and profitable Australian agricultural, food and fibre industries through policies and initiatives that promote better resource management practices, innovation, self-reliance and improved access to international markets.

Outcome 2: Safeguard Australia's animal and plant health status to maintain overseas markets and protect the economy and environment from the impact of exotic pests and diseases, through risk assessment, inspection and certification, and the implementation of emergency response arrangements for Australian agricultural, food and fibre industries.

Our finances

In 2009-10 we received a departmental appropriation of $351.8 million, collected $358.1 million in levies to fund research, development and marketing, and administered $680.5 million for a wide array of programs supporting our outcomes.

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Our stakeholders

We are flexible and responsive in delivering the government's policies and programs and work cooperatively with our stakeholders to build constructive relationships. Our stakeholders include:

  • Australian, state and territory governments and agencies
  • importers and exporters
  • industry and other interest groups
  • natural resource managers
  • producers, processors and consumers of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food processing products
  • research and development organisations
  • rural communities
  • travellers.

Our values

Our values govern our relationships with our stakeholders and are the foundation of our work.

Integrity – being accountable and observing sound business practices in accordance with the Public Service Act 1999 and other legislation.

Respect – being sensitive to individuals' needs and diverse viewpoints.

Fairness – being objective and unbiased in our decision-making.

Openness – being accessible and communicating clearly.

Professionalism – dealing competently with our clients and our colleagues.

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