The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources helps drive a stronger Australian economy by building a more profitable, resilient and sustainable agriculture sector, and by supporting the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources. The department’s work contributes to: building successful primary industries; expanding agricultural fisheries and forestry exports; managing biosecurity and imported food risk; and sustaining water and other natural resources. The department has a diverse role as a policy adviser to government, researcher, program administrator, service provider, market access negotiator and regulator. It employs people with a range of skills—policy officers, program administrators, economists, meat inspectors, survey staff, biosecurity officers, researchers, veterinary officers, communicators and project managers. Employees work in a variety of places including offices, airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs in regional centres, rural communities and capital cities throughout Australia and overseas.


Further information

  • Type of Body

    A. Non Corporate Commonwealth Entity

  • GFS Sector Classification


  • Established By / Under

    Constitution and Administrative Arrangement Orders

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    A. Principal

  • Materiality


  • GFS Function / Sector Reported

    Transport and Communication;Housing and Community Amenities;Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

  • PS Act Body

    Yes - Department

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

    21 October 1998

  • Postal Address

    GPO Box 858, Canberra ACT 2601

Enquiry Lines

Title Phone Number Hours of Operation Description
Farm Support 1800 900 090 For general enquiries

Other boards and structures

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