Summary of performance

​​​​In 2014–15, we met 100 of our 114 key performance indicators across two outcomes and 15 programmes as outlined in the Portfolio Budget Statements. Our performance against these indicators is shown in the tables at the start of each programme in Part 3: Report on performance​.

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: Agricultural adaptation

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

  • continuing projects to support the Emissions Reduction Fund, by providing farmers with options to undertake land sector emissions management activities
  • successfully moving clients from the Interim Farm Household Allowance to the new Farm Household Allowance by September 2014.

We met two of the four key performance indicators for this programme:

  • the indicator to meet 100 per cent of contracted milestones was ‘partially met’, as some projects progressed slower than planned, because of drought or other unforeseen events
  • the department was unable to report on the processing of claims for the Interim Farm Household Allowance, as timeliness data is not available.

Programme 1.2: Sustainable management—natural resources

We continued initiatives to promote the use of sustainable resource management practices by:

  • implementing the sustainable agriculture component of the National Landcare Programme
  • working with the Department of the Environment to deliver the Australian Government Reef Programme
  • providing $3.8 million to implement nationally agreed strategies for pest animal management in drought-affected areas
  • supporting the International Year of Soils
  • releasing updated national and catchment scale land use maps.

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

  • the target for the work of the Advocate for Soil Health was ‘partially met’, as the advocate’s reporting requirements were changed following the Prime Minister’s decision to extend this appointment to the end of 2015.

Programme 1.3: Forestry industry

We continued to foster a productive and sustainable Australian forestry industry by:

  • continuing to implement and review regional forest agreements (RFAs)
  • implementing new due diligence requirements to reduce the risk of illegally logged timber entering or being processed in Australia
  • supporting a review into the impact of the illegal logging regulations on small business, with changes to be implemented in 2015–16.

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

  • the target for the review of RFAs was ‘partially met’, with joint government responses tabled to the reviews of agreements in Victoria and Western Australia, while a request from the Tasmanian Government for a delay of its review meant the joint government response had not been developed
  • the target to deliver international memorandums of understanding (MoU) with regional partners was ‘partially met’ because an MoU is still being negotiated with Indonesia.

Programme 1.4: Fishing industry

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

  • commencing work to develop a new fisheries policy framework
  • consulting on the development of a national aquaculture strategy
  • providing funding to support national representative bodies for the commercial fishing and recreational fishing sectors
  • releasing Australia’s second national plan of action to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

We met 11 of the 12 key performance indicators for this programme:

  • the target to develop arrangements for efficiencies in fisheries management was ‘partially met’, with work continuing with Commonwealth, states and Northern Territory agencies on regulatory reform.

Programme 1.5: Horticulture industry

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

  • supporting the establishment of Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) Limited
  • supporting the newly-formed Australian Grape and Wine Authority
  • supporting the development of a plan to grow Tasmania’s fruit and vegetable industries
  • implementing changes to levies for onions, mushrooms and mangoes.

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 by:

  • working with industry on issues including the wool harvest code of conduct
  • contributing to scientific research to help producers improve the management of wild dogs.

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 by:

  • completing wheat export marketing reforms with the introduction of a new port access code of conduct
  • working with the Grains Research and Development Corporation to strengthen governance arrangements.

We met all six key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.8: Dairy industry

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

  • continuing to build international ties through the Australia–Japan Dairy Talks
  • working on the review of regulations for the Dairy Service Levy Poll.

We met all six key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.9: Meat and livestock industry

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

  • introducing quotas for trade under the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement
  • releasing research into factors driving the live animal export trade.

We met all six key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.10: Agricultural resources

We worked to foster and enable productive and sustainable food industries and to support the National Registration Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals by:

  • contributing to the development of the white papers on agricultural competitiveness and on developing northern Australia
  • delivering the Rural Research and Development for Profit programme
  • cutting red tape for users of agricultural and veterinary chemicals
  • consulting consumers, industry and stakeholders on improvements to country-of-origin food labelling.

We met 12 of the 15 key performance indicators for this programme:

  • the target of finalising assistance projects to Official Development Assistance eligible countries was not applicable because all projects were finalised by the end of 2013–14
  • the target of delivering the agricultural productivity work plan was ‘partially met’, with Australian, state and territory agencies continuing a number of projects
  • the target of implementing the National Primary Industries Research, Development and Extension Framework was ‘partially met’, as work continues to implement all actions.

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 by:

  • extending the Drought Concessional Loans Scheme to farmers in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Victoria and South Australia
  • implementing a new Drought Recovery Concessional Loans Scheme for farmers facing unprecedented drought conditions in Queensland and New South Wales.

We met all three key performance indicators for this programme.

Programme 1.12: Rural programmes

We supported primary producers and small, agriculturally-dependent rural businesses to manage adjustment pressures and remain viable in the long term by:

  • delivering the second year of the Farm Finance Concessional Loans Scheme
  • delivering the Farm Household Allowance
  • overseeing the delivery of the Rural Financial Counselling Service, which included a trial of enhanced services for clients in the Northern Territory.

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

  • two indicators for recipient activity under the Farm Household Allowance were 'not met', as this was the first year of people's entitlement to the payment and the focus was more on ensuring compliance with meeting initial financial and reporting requirements
  • one indicator for the Farm Household Allowance was not applicable, as it was not included as a performance measure in the schedule finalised with the Department of Human Services after the release of the Portfolio Budget Statements 2014–15.

Programme 1.13: International market access

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

  • implementing the agriculture elements of new free trade agreements
  • commencing a more strategic and coordinated approach to negotiating technical market access to achieve the best outcomes for exporters
  • opening new live animal export markets
  • facilitating export audits to support wheat and barley exports to China and mango and lychee exports to the United States
  • delivering a report on India’s food needs over the next four decades.

We met all nine 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: Biosecurity and export services

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

  • working toward the passage of the Biosecurity Act 2015, to replace century-old quarantine legislation
  • working to redesign cost-recovery arrangements to fund our biosecurity and export certification services
  • commencing the commissioning of our new single post-entry quarantine facility
  • cutting red tape for importers and exporters by streamlining biosecurity measures
  • safeguarding human health with increased measures in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
  • delivering the government’s package to assist small exporters.

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

  • one target was not applicable because no expanded imported risk analyses were conducted during the year
  • the indicator for the implementation of new cost-recovery arrangements was ‘partially met’, with new fee and charge structures expected to commence in the second half of 2015.

Programme 2.2: Plant and animal health

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

  • activating the department’s biosecurity rapid response capability to provide early assistance to state and territory governments for three pest and disease incursions
  • releasing Australia’s first national strategy to address the threat to human and animal health from bacteria resistance to antibiotics
  • completing a major exercise to help enhance Australia’s preparedness for a national livestock standstill in the event of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease
  • bolstering our post-border system for detecting, identifying and responding to plant pest incursions
  • forging partnerships with Australia’s Asia–Pacific neighbours through plant pest surveillance programmes and capacity-building.

We met all seven key performance indicators for this programme.​​

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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