The department presents its budget as a Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS). This provides information to Parliament on the department’s proposed allocation of resources for the coming year. The PBS details financial arrangements, allots expenditure against individual activities and describes how these activities contribute to the government's priorities.
The role of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is to contribute to more sustainable, competitive and profitable Australian agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries. A key aspect of our responsibility is working with rural and regional communities, industries and state and territory governments.
From the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig
From the Secretary, Dr Conall O'Connell
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The purpose of the 2012-13 Portfolio Budget Statements (PB Statements) is to inform Senators and Members of Parliament of the proposed allocation of resources to government outcomes by agencies within the portfolio. Agencies receive resources from the annual appropriations bills, special appropriations (including standing appropriations and special accounts) and revenue from other sources.
A key role of the PB Statements is to facilitate the understanding of proposed annual appropriations in Appropriation Bills No. 1 and No. 2 2012-13. In this sense the PB Statements are Budget related papers and are declared by the Appropriation Acts to be 'relevant documents' to the interpretation of the Acts according to section 15AB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.