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Profitability and sustainability key focuses for Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)

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The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) broadly defines its role as to work to sustain the way of life and prosperity of all Australians.

More specifically, the Department "develops and implements policies and programs that ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable."

It also has a role to play in helping people and goods move in and out of Australia, while managing the risks to the environment and animal, plant and human health.

Policies and programs developed by the DAFF:

  • encourage and support sustainable natural resource use and management
  • protect the health and safety of plant and animal industries
  • enable industries to adapt to compete in a fast changing international and economic environment
  • help improve market access and market performance for the agricultural and food sector
  • encourage and assist industries to adopt new technology and practices; and
  • assist primary producers and the food industry to develop business and marketing skills, and to be financially self-reliant.

Around 4,500 full time equivalent staff are employed by the Department in Australia and overseas, with staff working in a variety of locations across regional centres, rural communities and capital cities.

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