Our portfolio

​​The Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio supports the sustainability, profitability and competitiveness of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries.​

During 2015–16, the portfolio consisted of:

Links to the websites of portfolio agencies are available at agriculture.gov.au/about/who-we-are/portfolio-agencies.

In 2015–16, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the
Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, was responsible for the portfolio.

Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck held the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture until 18 September 2015. Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources on 21 September 2015. The Hon. Keith Pitt MP was appointed as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister on 18 February 2016.

Figure 1 Portfolio structure at 30 June 2016

This chart shows the structure of the agriculture portfolio as at 30 June 2016:  The Deputy Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Honourable Barnaby Joyce MP, the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator the Honourable Anne Ruston, and the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Keith Pitt MP, were responsible for the portfolio.  The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources was the portfolio department, with Daryl Quinlivan as Secretary.  There were three regulatory authorities, which were:  The Australian Fisheries Management Authority, with James Findlay as Chief Executive Officer;  The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, with Kareena Arthy as Chief Executive Officer.  The Murray-Darling Basin Authority, with Phillip Glyde as Chief Executive Officer  There was one statutory marketing authority which also had responsibilities for regulation and research and development. This was the Australian Grape and Wine Authority, with Andreas Clarke as Chief Executive Officer.  There were four research and development corporations. These were for:  Cotton, with Bruce Finney as Executive Director;  Fisheries, with Patrick Hone as Executive Director;  Grains, with Steve Thomas as Acting Managing Director;  And Rural Industries, with Craig Burns as Managing Director.

 

 

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