Government departments

COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENTDepartment of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)

Last election: 7 September 2013
Next election: No later than 14 January 2017
Party in power: Coalition
Prime MinisterThe Hon Tony Abbott 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 WaterLand & Natural Resources.


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



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. 



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

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.


 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.


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.


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


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.