Overview of performance framework

​The department had two planned outcomes and 15 programs in 2011–12, as set out in Table 1. There were no changes to this structure during the year.

Our divisions worked individually and together to deliver planned outcomes. The lead division or divisions for each program are shown below. Our corporate divisions contributed to departmental performance and support for the minister through enabling activities, which are reported on in Part 2: The portfolio and the department and Part 4: Management and accountability.

Outcome 1

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.

Table 1 Outcomes and programs in 2011–12
Program Lead division(s)
1.1 Tackling climate change Agricultural Productivity/Climate Change
1.2 Sustainable management—natural resources Sustainable Resource Management
1.3 Forestry industry Climate Change
1.4 Fishing industry Sustainable Resource Management
1.5 Horticulture industry Agricultural Productivity
1.6 Wool industry Agricultural Productivity
1.7 Grains industry Agricultural Productivity
1.8 Dairy industry Agricultural Productivity
1.9 Meat and livestock industry Agricultural Productivity
1.10 Agricultural resources ABARES/Agricultural Productivity/
Biosecurity Animal
1.11 Drought programs Climate Change
1.12 Rural programs Climate Change
1.13 International market access Trade and Market Access/Biosecurity Food

Outcome 2

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.

Program Lead division(s)
2.1 Quarantine and export services Biosecurity Animal/Biosecurity Food/Biosecurity Plant/Biosecurity Policy/People and Service Delivery/Quarantine Operations
2.2 Plant and animal health Biosecurity Animal/Biosecurity Plant/Biosecurity Policy

Our objective

The department's objective in 2011–12 and beyond is to implement the government's policies to improve the productivity and sustainability of Australia's agriculture, fishing and forestry industries, and to protect Australia from exotic animal and plant pests and diseases, maintain the animal and plant health status of portfolio industries and protect the environment.

Our priorities

Our priorities for 2011–12 included:

  • improving productivity growth and sustainability in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food production, including through reforming the registration of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals
  • helping farmers to mitigate and adapt to the effects of a changing climate
  • reforming national drought policy from a crisis management to a preparedness approach
  • managing biosecurity and reforming the system
  • maintaining and developing overseas markets.

Our strategies

Our strategies in 2011–12 towards achieving Outcome 1 included:

  • reforming national drought policy from a crisis management to a preparedness approach
  • delivering programs promoting and supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation, including helping farmers to better manage risks and prepare for future challenges through information, skills, techniques and assistance
  • working with industry, other government agencies and internationally to improve productivity growth and sustainability and consider supply chain challenges and opportunities, particularly for food
  • investing in targeted research and development to drive innovation and adoption of new practices that will underpin more competitive, productive, adaptive and sustainable agriculture, fishing and forestry industries
  • conducting research and providing findings, data, analysis and advice to inform decision making and policy development by industry and government and in international forums.

Our strategies in 2011–12 towards achieving Outcome 2 included:

  • developing and implementing approaches to manage Australia's biosecurity system on a risk-return basis
  • strengthening Australia's biosecurity system in partnership with the states, territories, industry and the broader community, through improved working arrangements that are underpinned by robust assessments and efficient management of risk
  • safeguarding the economy and environment from the impact of exotic pests and diseases by delivering effective and efficient national biosecurity services underpinned by improved systems and facilities
  • strengthening Australia's capability in animal and plant pest and disease prevention, preparedness and response, through capacity building in other countries
  • improving diagnostic, analytic, surveillance and intelligence capabilities including the ability to discover new and emerging threats to Australia's animals and plants and the natural environment from within Australia and with our near neighbours
  • representing Australia's biosecurity interests through participation in international forums and compliance with international obligations.

Our performance

The sections that follow report on our performance against the deliverables and key performance indicators set out in the 2011–12 Portfolio Budget Statements for each of the 15 programs.

The report for each program provides a narrative review of our progress towards achieving program objectives, as well as tables showing our performance against targets for specified deliverables and key performance indicators.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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