Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Secretary’s Award

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Secretary’s Award recognises individuals, groups and organisations that have demonstrated a significant contribution to working collaboratively with the department.

The Secretary’s Award was established in 2016 to recognise external individuals, groups and organisations that have made a significant contribution to enabling the department to achieve its priorities and objectives.

Secretary’s Award

Mr Hart Krtschil, Managing Director of the Australian Industry Working Group on Biosecurity was presented with a Secretary’s Award at the Outlook conference dinner on Tuesday, 1 March 2016.

Hart has made a significant contribution to the work of the department for over 20 years and has been a driving force in developing Australia’s approach to biosecurity for more than 45 years.

Hart has served tirelessly on a range of biosecurity councils, committees, working parties and inquiries and has contributed to changing the way regulation is delivered.

He has substantially influenced the way imported cargo is managed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and has gone to great lengths to promote biosecurity awareness in Australia’s cargo industries.

Some of the most fundamental systems used to manage imported cargo were designed with his input, and he made a crucial contribution to the development of a single, national system for the management of quarantine approved premises in 1998.

Hart played an important role in developing the concept of co-regulation and went on to help set up some of the landmark co-regulatory systems that are relied upon to this day.

More recently, he has contributed to the design of the new BICON system, which communicates Australia’s biosecurity requirements to industry and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources staff.

Hart received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for services to Australia’s biosecurity in 2010.

Secretary Daryl Quinlivan with Hart Krtschil
Secretary Daryl Quinlivan with Hart Krtschil​