Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Gold Sponsor of Regional Exporter Award category

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry works to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries. 

This work includes facilitating trade through creating new and maintaining existing agricultural export opportunities to help provide gains for Australian agriculture. DAFF supports Australian exporters by guarding the country’s reputation as a supplier of safe and reliable food, and by providing assurances to trading partners that Australian exports meet their requirements.

DAFF also works to strengthen our national biosecurity system to provide protection to Australia’s people, environment, and economy from the biosecurity threats of today and tomorrow.

To find out more visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Overseas Agriculture Counsellor Network

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry plays an essential role in facilitating agricultural trade by leading technical market access negotiations with trade partners and resolving export issues as they happen.

This work is strongly supported by the department’s Agriculture Counsellor Network, based in 16 international markets around the world. This includes North Asia and South East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

Working with the department’s biosecurity, exports, and trade teams, each Counsellor actively pursues Australia’s trade and market access priorities by maintaining, improving and opening up new opportunities for Australian food and fibre products. Their presence in-country also assists Australian exporters by reporting critical market insights and intelligence that may not be apparent from within Australia’s shores.

The Agriculture Counsellor Network is highly valued by Australian industry, aiding in the department’s advocacy for Australian trade in key international standard-setting bodies to support an open rules-based global trading system. With recent disruptions to global trade and supply-chains, their international representation with overseas trading partners plays an instrumental role in finding opportunities for Australian exporters to expand and diversify to new markets. This collaboration of government with industry enhances the ability to work together to advance Australia’s trade and economic interests.

More information on the department’s overseas network of Agriculture Counsellors is available here.