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The Australian Department of Agriculture leads the development of policy advice and provides services to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and related industries:

  • Through consultation with industry, we develop and implement policies and programs that help to assure product safety and integrity. Particular on-farm risk management that relates to food safety.
  • We assist producers to make effective use of levies. For example, the National Residue Survey uses levies to facilitate access to international and domestic markets by providing residue testing services that meet market requirements.
  • We support farmers and primary producers in managing periods of hardship and assist them in risk management, preparedness and future-planning.
  • Through Codex Australia, we are involved in the work of the international Codex Alimentarius Commission. Codex coordinates the food standards that help protect the health of consumers and assist in ensuring fair trade.