Our work

Our role and functions are diverse. From scientific research to operations, policy development, program delivery, and regulation.

We develop agricultural export opportunities. We aim to grow the agricultural sector to $100 billion by 2030.

We also work to lower biosecurity risks to Australian agriculture and environment.

Our science informs our actions. Our science leadership is based on the capability of our people. It is supported by our partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, research institutions, and innovators. True impact comes from our ability to share knowledge, expertise, and findings.

Find out more about our Organisational Structure

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Help agricultural industries and regional communities

Working with us, you could:

  • research how to build a more cost-effective agricultural sector
  • maintain our high health status and keep our community and produce safe
  • build and deliver drought risk management programs
  • support sustainable fisheries management
  • work with international trading partners to create new export opportunities
  • manage Australia’s forests sustainably.

"ABARES has a rich history of providing trustworthy and objective scientific and economic research, analysis and advice. We work on issues that are government and industry priorities and that have both domestic and international significance. We tell the story of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors – what is driving performance, their sustainability and market outcomes."

Dr Jared Greenville
Executive Director, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)

Keep Australia safe from biosecurity risks

Working with us you could:

  • improve tools to detect biosecurity threats to humans, animals, and plants
  • work with neighbouring countries to reduce biosecurity risks before they reach our shores
  • assess risks to inform biosecurity activities
  • use technology to improve import and export processes.

Find out more about our culture

"As the Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer, I represent and provide advice to the Australian Government. My advice relates to Australia’s plant health status and its supporting systems.

My division supports me in this work. Together we minimise the impacts of plant biosecurity risks to the agricultural industry. We coordinate national emergency responses to exotic pest incursions. We also lead engagement in national, regional, and international plant health.

We work with states, territories and representatives from plant industry and research bodies. We develop capabilities to protect our plant health, now and into the future."

Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith
Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer

Watch Dr Vivian- Smith’s video to find out more about her work.

My name is Gabrielle Vivian-Smith and I’m the Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer and I’m an agricultural scientist; and I’m also a plant ecologist.

I work to protect Australia’s plant-based industries and also our plants in our natural environment from exotic and harmful plant pests and diseases.

I worked for quite a few years in the research world and much of that time I was working as an ecologist looking at plant ecosystems and trying to restore them, and also as a weed ecologist as well looking at invasive plant species.

Well, I’ve always been interested in plants, and I’ve worked in various capacities throughout my life on plants, pretty much the whole time, so it seemed like a very natural thing to do to become the Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer.

I work with people across the globe. Closer to home, I work with a whole bunch of interesting bug security specialists from plant pathologists to entomologists and all kinds of different specialised experts. I also work with other states and territories, their chief plant health managers, and representatives from plant industry bodies. And then internationally, I work with people like myself, so people who represent their national plant protection organisation, and we work on plant health standards, we work on implementing things that improve global plant health.

Australia has a really excellent biosecurity system and it also has that really inviable plant health status, so we’ve got something very precious; so what would it mean for Australia, it would mean that we would continue to be able to trade on our clean and green image, and it would help also keep Australia’s natural heritage, so some of our very special ecosystems from being damaged from exotic plant pests and diseases.

I hope to essentially help keep Australia safe, or Australian plants safe from plant pests and diseases. I really want to accomplish preventing plant pests and diseases from entering the country and from establishing and causing harm.