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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 our portfolio industries by providing biosecurity services, export certification and emergency responses to maintain our favourable international 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 and integrated economic and scientific research analysis and policy advice
  • representing the Australian Government at international meetings relating to the portfolio.

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 values

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

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

Respect—being sensitive to individuals’ needs and diverse viewpoints

Fairness—being objective in our decision making

Openness—being accessible and communicating clearly

Professionalism—dealing competently with our clients and our colleagues.

Who we are

We have 4598 full-time equivalent staff in Australia and overseas, including policy officers, program administrators, economists, meat inspectors, researchers, veterinary officers, scientists, 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. We have 12 officers located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia who are pursuing Australia’s interests abroad.

Our minister and parliamentary secretary

Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, is responsible for the portfolio. He is assisted by the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Our stakeholders

We 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 products
  • research and development organisations
  • rural communities
  • travellers.

Our finances

In 2010–11, we received a departmental appropriation of $417.57 million, collected $407 million in levies to fund research, development and marketing, collected cost recovery revenue of $297.18 million, and administered $954.86 million for a wide array of programs supporting
our outcomes.

How to contact us

We value your input and welcome your comments about the work we do and/or the readability and usefulness of this report. To contact us, please:

Email:   Annual report contact
+61 2 6272 3933
Fax:     +61 2 6272 5372
Post:    General Manager, Audit and Evaluation Branch
            Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
            GPO Box 858
            Canberra ACT 2601

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