- Agriculture and Water Resources (Australian Government Department of)
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture develops and implements policies and programs to ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable, and supports the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources. We have about 5000 staff working in offices, airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs; located in regional centres, rural communities and capital cities.
The Department of Agriculture is an Australian Government department. We are part of the Agriculture portfolio.
Our ministers are:
- Minister for Agriculture — Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
- Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management — the Hon David Littleproud MP
- Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries — Senator the Hon Jonathon Duniam
The department is led by our Secretary, Daryl Quinlivan.
We strive to build strong relationships and work with governments, industry, importers and exporters, natural resource managers, primary producers, consumers, research and development organisations, rural communities and travellers.
We have approximately 4000 full-time equivalent staff, including accountants, animal and meat inspectors, biosecurity officers, economists, information and communication technology (ICT) staff, policy officers, programme administrators, researchers, scientists, survey staff and veterinary officers.
Our corporate structure is organised into many divisions to support our work across a very broad range of agricultural, biosecurity, fisheries and forestry management activities.
You will find us in regional centres, rural communities and cities throughout Australia. Around 58 per cent of our Australian-based employees work outside Canberra, in capital cities and regional offices, major airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs.
Globally, we work in Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Jakarta, New Delhi, Rome, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, to maintain relationships with Australia's trading partners and international organisations.
The department offers exciting employment opportunities in many different fields and locations.