Summary of performance

​​In 2013–14, we met 99 of our 118 key performance indicators across two outcomes and 15 programmes, as outlined in the Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements. Our performance against these indicators is shown in the tables at the start of each programme in Part 3: Our performance.

Only two key performance indicators for the year were ‘not met’ in 2013–14. Thirteen indicators were ‘partially met’ and four indicators were not applicable. These are outlined below.

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.

Programme 1.1: Tackling climate change

We continued to build the capacity of primary producers to adapt and adjust to climate change:

  • supporting the transition from the Carbon Farming Initiative to the Government’s proposed Emissions Reduction Fund
  • supporting the development of additional methodologies for agriculture and forestry-related activities
  • continuing support for projects that benefit farmers and land managers under the department’s programmes.

We met all six key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.2: Sustainable management—natural resources

We continued initiatives to strengthen the capacity of primary producers to develop and use sustainable resource management practices:

  • establishing a single National Landcare Programme
  • delivering $21.3 million over three years for projects promoting new sustainable practices and technology
  • providing policy analysis advice on the implementation of the Government’s water reform agenda
  • leading the development of the National Soil Research, Development and Extension Strategy
  • continuing support for Landcare and community engagement on sustainable land management.

We met nine of the 14 key performance indicators for this programme:

  • three indicators for projects to support innovation in farming and fishery practice were ‘partially met’, as these projects are continuing
  • the target for improving the quality and extent of data on soils and land management practices was ‘partially met’, with ABARES updating national ground cover monitoring data to support programmes on soil erosion
  • the target to commence the development of sustainability indicators was ‘not met’, because of a change in funding priorities during the year.

Programme 1.3: Forestry industry

We continued to enable a productive and sustainable Australian forestry industry:

  • working with Australian and Tasmanian government agencies to help ensure the Tasmanian forest industry has a secure and sustainable future
  • preparing for the third five-yearly review of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement
  • making progress on the review of the Western Australia Regional Forestry Agreement
  • working with domestic and international stakeholders to ensure readiness for new illegal logging requirements from November 2014, aimed at reducing the risk of illegally logged timber entering or being processed in Australia
  • releasing Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2013.

We met five of the seven key performance indicators for this programme:

  • the target for the review of regional forest agreements in New South Wales and Victoria was ‘partially met’, with joint government responses for both reviews being progressed
  • the target of two meetings with peak industry bodies was ‘not met’ as the Forest and Wood Products Council did not meet in 2013–14.

Programme 1.4: Fishing industry

We continued to support and encourage productive and sustainable fishing and aquaculture industries:

  • examining ways to reduce the regulatory burden on the fisheries industry, including the findings of the 2013 review of Commonwealth fisheries management and legislation
  • leading Australia’s international engagement on fisheries management
  • working to establish national peak bodies for the commercial fishing and recreational fishing sectors.

We met six of the nine key performance indicators for this programme:

  • the target for implementing the findings of the Fisheries Management Review was ‘partially met’, with the Government continuing to consider recommendations as part of its commitment to cut red tape and reduce the compliance burden on industry
  • the targets to finalise the Commonwealth Fisheries Harvest Strategy Policy and Guidelines, and the Commonwealth Policy on Fisheries Bycatch, were ‘partially met’. The development of updated policies will be considered in light of Government priorities, including its deregulation agenda.

Programme 1.5: Horticulture industry

We continued to advance and improve the competitiveness of Australia’s horticulture, food and beverage industries:

  • merging the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporate and the Wine Australia Corporation into a new body, the Australian Grape and Wine Authority, to commence on 1 July 2014
  • establishing a Fruit and Vegetable Industry Taskforce to develop and industry-led growth plan for these sectors in Tasmania
  • working with Horticulture Australia Limited on measures to strengthen its governance processes for managing and spending industry and Government funds.

We met all five key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.6: Wool industry

We assisted primary producers to build a more competitive and self-reliant wool industry:

  • working with the Federation of Australia Wool Organisations on wool industry issues
  • negotiating statutory funding agreement with Australian Wool Innovation Limited.

We met all six key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.7: Grains industry

We continued to help grains producers build a more competitive and internationally focused industry:

  • continuing to implement wheat export reforms through support to the minister’s Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce
  • supporting the establishment of a Centre for Crop and Disease Management
  • providing effective market export systems to help manage record Australian winter crops.

We met all seven of the key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.8: Dairy industry

We continued to support the development of a more competitive dairy industry:

  • continuing to build international ties through the Australia–Japan Dairy talks
  • negotiating a new statutory funding agreement with Dairy Australia
  • working on the review of regulations for the dairy service levy poll.

We met five of the six key performance indicators for this programme:

  • the target of two meetings with Dairy Australia Limited was ‘partially met’, as the second meeting for the year was held in early July 2014 by mutual agreement.

Programme 1.9: Meat and livestock industry

We assisted the continued development of an internationally competitive meat and livestock industry:

  • supporting Indigenous pastoralists to develop commercially viable and sustainable practices
  • delivering more equitable funding arrangements for quota administration.

We met all six of the key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.10: Agricultural resources

We worked to foster and enable productive and sustainable food industries, improve animal welfare outcomes for the export of livestock and support the national registration scheme for agricultural and veterinary chemicals:

  • reopening livestock export markets in Bahrain and Egypt
  • continuing work to reduce red tape for users of agricultural and veterinary chemicals
  • implementing reforms to improve the efficiency, transparency and accountability of research and development corporations.

We met 11 of the 14 key performance indicators for this programme:

  • the target for timely publication of Australian Food Statistics was ‘partially met’, with the report expected to be published in early 2014–15
  • the target of delivering the rural research and development strategy was ‘partially met’, as work continues with multiple stakeholders to implement a range of policy changes
  • the target of delivering the agricultural productivity work plan was ‘partially met’, with Australian, state and territory agencies continuing a number of projects.

Programme 1.11: Drought programmes

We continued to support farmers, farming families and communities to improve their resilience and capacity to prepare for and manage the impacts of drought, climate variability and reduced water availability:

  • implementing programmes under the Intergovernmental Agreement on National Drought Program Reform
  • developing and delivering a new assistance package for drought-affected farmers, including new income support payments, drought concessional loans, funding for water-related infrastructure and pest animal management, and enhanced social support and mental health services.

We met four of the seven key performance indicators for this programme. Three of the indicators were not applicable, as there were no Exceptional Circumstances declarations in place in 2013–14.

Programme 1.12: Rural programmes

We helped support primary producers and rural businesses to stay viable:

  • engaging additional rural financial counsellors
  • implementing the Farm Finance Concessional Loans Scheme
  • continuing to deliver financial assistance to 75 businesses in the final year of the Subsidised Interest Rate Scheme.

We met all five of the key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.13: International market access

We worked through the year to maintain and build international market access for our portfolio industries:

  • helping to deliver new free trade agreements with the Republic of Korea and Japan
  • convening roundtable meetings on improving how the department does business with stakeholders to maintain and gain new market access
  • convening a ‘consultation week’ between all overseas counsellors and stakeholders
  • creating new market opportunities across a range of export commodities
  • continuing international engagement, including agriculture-related initiatives through Australia’s presidency of the G20 in 2014
  • delivering a major report on China’s food needs over the next four decades.

We met all seven of the key performance indicators for this programme.

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.

Programme 2.1: Quarantine and export services

We implemented reforms to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity system across the continuum—offshore, at the border and onshore:

  • commencing construction of our new state-of-the-art post-entry quarantine facility
  • cutting red tape for importers by streamlining some biosecurity measures and import conditions for horses, cats and dogs, and using modern technology to improve plant screening
  • conducting targeted campaigns to identify, analyse and test non-compliance and illegal importation activities
  • pursuing prosecutions for intentional breaching of Australian biosecurity laws
  • improving the way we manage exports, with more flexible inspection arrangements for grains and seeds, more consistent plant certification and accreditation for independent employers of Authorised Officers
  • working with industry and trading partners on biosecurity arrangements to support new markets for Australian exports.

We met 10 of our 12 key performance indicators:

  • one target was not applicable, as no expanded imported risk analyses were conducted during the year
  • the indicator for the drafting and passage of biosecurity legislation was ‘partially met’, as the new legislation lapsed when the Parliament was prorogued in August 2013.

Programme 2.2: Plant and animal health

We continued to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity system to manage pest and disease risks:

  • continuing projects in support of the national plant health policy
  • coordinating a national livestock standstill exercise programme to enhance Australia’s preparedness for foot-and-mouth disease
  • eradicating cocoa pod borer from Australia in a world first
  • eradicating highly pathogenic avian influenza
  • continuing to contribute to national management of red imported fire ant
  • working to address the threat to human and animal health from bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

We met all seven of the key performance indicators for this programme.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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