COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENTDepartment of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)

Last election: 7 September 2013

Next election: Saturday 2 July 2016

Party in power: Coalition

Prime MinisterThe Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Minister(s): The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP (Minister for Agriculture and Deputy Leader for the Nationals)

Staff: Approximately 4,500 full-time equivalent staff in Australia.

Key responsibilities: develop and implement policies and programs that ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable.

Portfolio: Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES - research bureau within the Department), Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA - management of Commonwealth fish resources), Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority), Five Research and Development Corporations (Cotton Research and Development CorporationFisheries Research and Development CorporationGrains Research and Development CorporationAustralian Grape and Wine AuthorityRural Industries Research and Development Corporation).

Why would you access this site?: Learn how to export your product or apply for a package assisting small exporters, understand biosecurity concerns or report an issue, access drought and rural assistance, learn about Australia's trade and market access agreements, current grants and assistance, or access ABARES for statistics, commodity outlooks and raw data.

COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Minister(s): The Hon Julie Bishop MP (Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party) and The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP (Minister for Trade and Investment).

Staff:  4,200 staff in Canberra, state and territory offices and overseas posts. 2,400 employed overseas as locally engaged staff.

Key responsibilities: provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government. Works with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.

Why would you access this site?: Access economic fact sheets and understand country trade agreements, find trade and investment case studies and resources.   

NSW STATE GOVERNMENT, Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Last election: 28 March 2015

Next election: 2019

Party in power: Liberal National Coalition

Premier: The Hon Mike Baird MP

Minister(s): Hon. Niall Blair MLC (Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Lands and Water and Member of the The Nationals) 

Staff: Approximately 3,700 staff across 130 locations in NSW.

Key responsibilities: DPI is a division within NSW Trade & Investment. Responsibilities include developing profitable, sustainable and biosecure agriculture, and fisheries; ensuring best management of catchments, natural resources and water; and regulating the state's food sector.

Portfolio: Local Land ServicesAgricultureFisheriesNSW Food AuthorityBiosecurity,  NSW Office of Water Land & Natural Resources.

Why would you access this site?:  Read NSW Wool Industry Industry & Future Opportunities Report, access sheep production information (feeding and nutrition, disease, management, marketing and budgeting), pasture information and PROfarm courses, NSW Farmer of the Yearfarm business and trade resourcesupcoming courses, and drought management information and funding.

QLD STATE GOVERNMENT, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAF)

Last election: 31 January 2015

Next election: In, or before, 2018

Party in power: Australian Labor Party

Premier: Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Minister(s): Hon. Bill Byrne MP (Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Sport and Racing)

Staff: Unknown

Why would you access this site?: Information on improving your flock (sheep breeding and genetics), biosecurity, and a research archive.

VICTORIAN STATE GOVERNMENT, Agriculture Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)

Last election: 29 November 2014

Next election: 24 November 2018

Party in power: Australian Labor Party

Premier: Hon. Daniel Andrews MP

NOTE: Following the election at the end of 2014, there was a change of Government and DEPI no longer exists. However, the majority of information relevant to producers is still embedded in this site. Refer to the new department at Agriculture Victoria.

Why would you access this site?: Access farm management resources (chemical use, land resources, business and pasture management, FarmPlan21) and pest, disease and weed information.


VICTORIAN STATE GOVERNMENT, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources

Last election: 29 November 2014

Next election: 24 November 2018

Party in power: Australian Labor Party

Premier: Hon. Daniel Andrews MP

Minister(s): The Hon. Jaala Pulford MLC (Minister for AgricultureMinister for Regional Development), The Hon. Martin Foley MP (Minister for Creative Industries), The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP (Minister for EmploymentMinister for Public Transport), The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP (Minister for Energy and ResourcesMinister for Industry), The Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP (Minister for Industrial Relations),  The Hon. Steve Herbert MP (Minister for International Education), The Hon. Luke Donnellan MP (Minister for PortsMinister for Roads and Road Safety), The Hon. Adem Somyurek MLC (Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade), The Hon. John Eren MP (Minister for Tourism and Major Events)

Staff: Unknown

Why would you access this site?: Wouldn't recommend it as yet!

NOTE: This Department brings together the following former Departments: Department of State Development, Business and InnovationDepartment of Transport, Planning and Local InfrastructureDepartment of Environment and Primary Industries; and,  

 SA STATE GOVERNMENT, Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA)

Last election: 15 March 2014

Next election: 17 March 2018

Party in power: Australian Labor Party

Premier: Hon. Jay Weatherill MP

Minister(s): Hon. Leon Bignell MP (Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Minister for Forests, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Recreation and Sport, Minister for Racing), Hon. Geoff Brock MP (Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Local Government).

Staff: Unknown.

Key responsibilities: plays a key role in contributing to the sustainable development of South Australia’s natural, industrial and community assets.

Portfolio: Agriculture, Food and WineBiosecurity SAForestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Regions SA, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Rural Solutions SASeed Services Australia

Why would you access this site?: Access livestock production information (animal health, business and technical advice, research and development), industry support (drought concessional loans, farm support, business and risk management) and grants and assistancebiosecurity resources and alerts, or visit SARDI for research reports and the Australian Pastures Genebank.

WA STATE GOVERNMENT, Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA)

Last election: 9 March 2013

Next election: 11 March 2017

Party in power: Liberal Party

Premier: Hon. Colin Barnett MP

Minister(s):  Hon. Ken Baston MLC (Minister for Agriculture and Food)

Staff: Unknown.

Key responsibilities: drives the economic development of the agriculture and food sector in Western Australia (WA), with a focus on export-led growth.

Why would you access this site?: Access livestock management resources (feeding and nutrition, management and reproduction, genetics and selection), pest, weed and disease informationbiosecurity information, and production tools (including WeedWatcher and seasonal climate information).

TASMANIAN STATE GOVERNMENT, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE)

Last election: 15 March 2014

Next election: Before 31 December 2018

Party in power: Liberal Party

Premier: Hon Will Hodgman MP

Minister(s): Hon. Jeremy Rockliff (Minister for Primary Industries and Water), Hon Matthew Groom (Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage)

Staff: Unknown.

Key responsibilities: responsible for the sustainable management and protection of Tasmania's natural and cultural assets

Why would you access this site?: Visit AgriGrowth Tasmania — a new division within the Department — for production, irrigation, climate, and land management resources.

NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPIF)

Last election: 25 August 2012

Next election: 27 August 2016

Party in power: Country Liberal

Chief Minister: Hon Adam Graham Giles MLA

Minister(s): Hon. Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe MLA (Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, Minister for Land Resource Management, Minister for Essential Services, Minister for Public Employment).

Staff: Unknown.

Key responsibilities: delivers strategic services that support profitable and sustainable primary production.

Why would you access this site?: Access drought assistance, animal health and welfare information, and sheep biosecurity resources.