Department of Agriculture & Water Resources - Australia


The Department of Agriculture is an Australian Government body, responsible for enhancing the sustainability, profitability and competitiveness of Australia's agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry industries. The department employs approximately 4,530 full-time equivalent people, operates predominantly in Australia, and is administered by its head office in Canberra.

The Department of Agriculture & Water Resources's primary function is the development and implementation of policy to keep Australia's agricultural, fishery and forestry industries sustainable and competitive. The Department of Agriculture & Water Resources is made up of the following divisions:

  • Importing & Exporting
  • Biosecurity
  • Agriculture, Farming and Food
  • Trade and Market Access
  • ABARES (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences) Science and Economics
  • Water Policy and Resources
  • Forestry
  • Fisheries

Entities under the control of the Department include:

  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • AgriFutures Australia
  • Australian Fisheries Management Authority
  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
  • Cotton Research and Development Corporation
  • Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation
  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Regional Investment Corporation
  • Wine Australia

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