Annual outcomes and priorities

​​​As one of several bodies in the Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources balances its role as a transparent and efficient regulator with building client and community understanding and trust in our advice and services.

Our approach to compliance recognises good performance with reduced regulatory burden.

Our vision and objectives are detailed in the department's corporate plan.

Planned outcomes

As stated in the department's portfolio budget statements, our planned outcomes for 2015–16 are:

  • More sustainable, productive, internationally competitive and profitable Australian agricultural, food and fibre industries through policies and initiatives that promote better resource management practices, innovation, self-reliance and improved access to international markets.
  • Safeguard Australia’s animal and plant health status to maintain overseas markets and protect the economy and environment from the impact of exotic pests and diseases, through risk assessment, inspection and certification and the implementation of emergency response arrangements for Australian agricultural, food and fibre industries.

Strategic priorities

For the 2015–16 financial year, the key priorities for the department are: