Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Canberra ACT 2600
19 September 2010
I present the annual report of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for the year ended 30 June 2010.
As required by section 63 of the Public Service Act 1999 (the Act), the report has been prepared in accordance with the Requirements for annual reports approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.
I am pleased that the report notes progress during the year to achieve the department's planned outcomes, ‘more sustainable, competitive and profitable Australian agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry industries’ and ‘safeguarding Australia's animal and plant health status to maintain overseas markets and protect the economy and the environment from the impact of exotic pests and diseases.’ The report also foreshadows portfolio activities for 2010-11.
I am satisfied that the department has prepared fraud risk assessments and fraud control plans, and has in place fraud prevention, detection, investigation, reporting and data collection procedures and processes that meet the department's needs and comply with the Australian Government Fraud Control Guidelines.
Under subsection 63(1) of the Act you are required to lay a copy of the report before each House of the Parliament on or before 31 October 2010.
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