Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Who we are

​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is an Australian Government department. We are part of the Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio.


Our ministers

Our ministers are:

The department is led by our Secretary, Daryl Quinlivan.

We strive to build strong relationships and work with governments, industry, importers and exporters, natural resource managers, primary producers, consumers, research and development organisations, rural communities and travelers.


Our people

We have approximately 4000 full-time equivalent staff, including accountants, animal and meat inspectors, biosecurity officers, economists, information and communication technology (ICT) staff, policy officers, programme administrators, researchers, scientists, survey staff and veterinary officers.

Our corporate structure is organised into many divisions to support our work across a very broad range of agricultural, biosecurity, fisheries and forestry management activities.

You will find us in regional centres, rural communities and cities throughout Australia. Around 58 per cent of our Australian-based employees work outside Canberra, in capital cities and regional offices, major airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs.

Globally, we work in Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Jakarta, New Delhi, Rome, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, to maintain relationships with Australia's trading partners and international organisations.

The department offers exciting employment opportunities in many different fields and locations.