Department of Agriculture, Water & The Environment
Profile Industry : Government & Defence
SECTOR : Federal Government
INCLUSIVE PROGRAMS : Pride in Diversity
Australian Workplace Equality Index Tiers : AWEI Gold

About Us

The Department of Agriculture develops and implements policies and programs to ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable. We help drive a stronger Australian economy by building a more profitable, resilient and sustainable agriculture sector, and by supporting the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources. We have about 5000 staff working in offices, airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs; located in regional centres, rural communities and capital cities. The department has a diverse role as a policy adviser to government, researcher, program administrator, service provider, market access negotiator and regulator. Our work contributes to strengthening Australia’s primary industries, delivering better returns to primary producers at the farm gate, protecting Australia from animal and plant pests and diseases, and improving the health of the country’s rivers and freshwater ecosystems.

Who we’re looking for

The department offers a range of employment opportunities in a number of different fields and locations, both in Australia and overseas. Around 58 per cent of our Australian-based employees work outside of Canberra in capital cities and regional offices, major airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs. We have a diverse, capable, engaged and flexible workforce and our work is critical to implementing key government priorities, such as the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

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Where We Are

We’re located in regional centres, rural communities and capital cities.

Variety of roles available in the Department of Agriculture

  • Science
  • Biosecurity – plant, animal, environment and compliance and surveillance
  • Veterinarian
  • Policy
  • Corporate Services
  • Leadership and management
  • Trade and Market Access – overseas posts

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Organisational Benefits

The Department of Agriculture offers excellent job benefits and tenable workplace conditions to its employees:

  • strong commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • health benefits
  • learning and development opportunities including study assistance
  • flexible work arrangements.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We value the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. The department are proud partners with Pride in Diversity and has been awarded an AWEI Bronze Employer for LGBTIQ inclusion. We are also a gold member of the Australian Network on Disability and an active member of the Secretaries Equality and Diversity Council.

We have processes in place to support all applicants including those who identify as LGBTIQ. Feel free to reach out to the contact officer from our recruitment team if you have any questions.

Matt Flood’s Story

My name is Matt Flood and I work in the commercial fisheries section of the Fisheries Policy Branch.

My role involves the review of fisheries policies and the development of advice for new policies.

I think the most enjoyable aspect of my job is really the problem-solving side of it so trying to work out what works and what doesn’t work in policies and working with other people in other departments and in industry.

Jean’s Story

My name’s Jean Toogood and my family is Indigenous inheritance from the Cairns area.

I was 25 when my dad found out that we are of Aboriginal decent and him and his brothers and sisters all went around and sort of followed the family tree up to Cairns so we do have the tribe actually in Cairns. I’m a Biosecurity Officer, I work currently in the Client Contact group we take all calls from public and internal/external, enquiries to do with quarantine.

We’ve had some interesting enquiries; the other day I had one enquiring about a human shrunken head whether they can bring that into Australia. So you get the same enquires every day for the same product or different things and other days you get a few little obscure things that you would not expect to get on the phone.

As an Aboriginal person working within the department, I find that there’s no prejudice or anything like that, so I find the environment is just really pleasant to work in.

There’s so many different jobs in this space and within the department that you can learn if you’re actually doing, studying environment or anything that, that a lot of that stuff can actually be utilised within the department as well.

The connection between our department and indigenous communities and environment is very hand in hand because our essential role is to protect our way of life, to make sure there’s no pest and disease that can destroy that inhabitant that we all enjoy.

That my story.

Adrian Dinsdale’s Story

My name is Adrian Dinsdale.

I’m the assistant director of Operational Science Services.

My job largely involves managing the laboratory facilities here at the Post Entry Quarantine facility.

So managing the staff, the types of assays we do, trying to trouble shoot technical issues and to give scientific advice. One of the most satisfying things of my job is getting to do different and interesting and challenging things all the time.

We get new and interesting problems and it’s our job to think about them and solve them.


Company Attribute
AWEI Bronze Employer
AWEI Gold Employer
AWEI Participating Employer
AWEI Platinum Employer
AWEI Platinum Qualifier
AWEI Silver Employer
LGBTI Diversity Strategy
LGBTI Employee Network
LGBTI Recruitment Policy
Pride in Diversity Member
Pride in Health Member
Pride in Sport Member
Transitioning Policy for Trans Employees