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:
- the Australian Government
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- three statutory authorities that undertake regulatory roles:
- four research and development corporations:
- one entity that undertakes both a regulatory role and acts as a research and development corporation:
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
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