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Agency ID535
TitleDepartment of Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 26/2/1996
End Date 29/6/1998
Date NotesN/A

The Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry promoted the economic development of Queensland's agricultural, fishing, forest and water based industries and the sustainable use of the resources on which they are based.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
19146Forestry Camp Maps 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
20486Indexes to Forestry Maps 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
20872Beef Industry Development Advisory Council Files 26/2/1996 29/6/1998
20750Chemical Registration Files 26/2/1996 29/6/1998
19289General Correspondence (Forestry Regional Offices) 26/2/1996 29/6/1998
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Agency IDTitleFromTo
10718Tobacco Quota Appeals Tribunal 26/2/1996 31/12/1996
11152Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Board 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
10922Grain Research Foundation 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
564Office of the Chief Inspector of Stock 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
1690Office of the Registrar of Brands 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
7872Queensland Dairy Authority 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
7874Queensland Egg Industry Management Authority 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
10682Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
7621Rural Lands Protection Board 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
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Information Sources

Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 2005, “Administrative history of DPI&F and its antecedents 1855-2005” [draft 4], Brisbane.
Minister for Primary Industries 1998-1999 Ministerial Portfolio Statements
Primary Industries Department Annual Report 1996-1997
Primary Industries Department Annual Report 1997-1998
Queensland Government Gazette 19 February 1996, vol. CCCXI, no. 36, pp.759-764
Queensland Government Gazette 22 February 1996, vol. CCCXI, no. 38, p.801
Queensland Government Gazette 26 February 1996, vol. CCCXI, no. 36, p.925
Queensland Government Gazette 26 February 1996, vol. CCCXI, no. 42, pp.883-917
Queensland Government Gazette 29 June 1998, vol. CCCXVIII, no. 76, p.1110
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Establishing Public Service Mangement and Employment Act 1988 (Departmental changes order no. 2, 1996); Officials in Parliament Act 1896
Abolishing N/A
Administered Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Queensland) Act 1994
Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966
Agricultural Standards Act 1994
Animals Protection Act 1925
Apiaries Act 1982
Banana Industry Protection Act 1989
Biological Control Act 1987
Brands Act 1915
Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Act 1988
Chicken Meat Industry Committee Act 1976
City of Brisbane Market Act 1960
Dairy Adjustment Program Agreement Act 1976
Dairy Adjustment Program Agreement Act 1977
Dairy Industry Act 1993
Deer Farming Act 1985
Diseases in Timber Act 1975
Egg Industry (Restructuring) Act 1993
Exotic Diseases in Animals Act 1981
Farm Produce Marketing Act 1964
Fisheries Act 1994
Forestry Act 1959 (jointly with the Minister for Natural Resources)
Fruit Marketing Organisation Act 1923
Grain Industry (Restructuring) Act 1991
Grain Research Foundation Act 1976
Meat Industry Act 1993
Plant Protection Act 1989
Primary Industries Corporation Act 1992
Primary Producers’ Organisation and Marketing Act 1926
Recreation Areas Management Act 1988 (jointly with the Minister for Environment)
Sawmills Licensing Act 1936
Stock Act 1915
Sugar Industry Act 1991
Sugar Milling Rationalisation Act 1991
Timber Utilisation and Marketing Act 1987
Tobacco Industry Stabilisation Act 1965
Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984
Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 (s237)
Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936
Wheat Marketing (Facilitation) Act 1989

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On 26 February 1996, under Public Service Departmental Changes Order (No. 2) 1996, The ‘Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry’ replaced the former Department of Primary Industries, following a change of State Government. Despite the legal change of title, ‘Department of Primary Industries’ was commonly maintained.

During 1996, the Department underwent changes to its portfolio and organisational arrangements in response to the new State Government’s directive, focusing strongly on its role as a rural economic development agency. Parts of the Department were transferred to the newly created Department of Natural Resources in March 1996, including Resource Management and Water Commercial business groups.

Responsibilities were:
Agricultural Chemicals; Animal Welfare
Commercial Forestry and Sawmilling (excluding Wet Tropics Management)
Fisheries Resource Management; Food and Fibre Production; Food Processing and Value Adding Development
Native Forest Management
Plant and Animal Diseases; Primary Industry Research, Development and Extension
Recreation (including Natural Resource Recreation and Education)

The Departmental core business programs were divided into six areas:
Agriculture Industry Development: this program aimed to improve the capacity of the primary production enterprises to operate profitably and sustainably; increase the performance and competitiveness of primary industries; enhance the capacity of industry to meet marketing requirements; and accelerate the adoption of good industry practices and informed decision making. The program was divided into seven business groups: beef, intensive livestock, sheep and grazing game, horticulture, field crops, sugar, research and extension. It provided policy and legislative frameworks for the operation of primary production enterprises, as well as research, development and education services on industry development issues.

Animal and Plant Health Service: Established in July 1997, this program aimed to control significant pests and diseases of animals and plants, preventing their spread and eradicating them where appropriate. The program delivered regulatory, educational and advisory services to encourage industry driven quality assurance initiatives.

Fisheries: The Fisheries program assumed overall responsibility for aquaculture and fishing industry development, fisheries habitat protection and management, fisheries compliance activities, policy development and implementation, research, extension and fish health services. They were also responsible for boating and community safety through compliance monitoring and the shark control program.

Forest Production: DPI Forestry was the commercialised departmental business group responsible for the Forest Production program. The program encompassed the management and marketing of Crown plantation and native forest timber, quarry materials and other forest products on a commercial basis.

Rural Industry Business Services: this program worked in partnership with industry to promote competition in global markets by responding to changing demand for food and fibre products. It consisted of a number of business groups, including the newly established Rural Industries Export Development Group (January 1997) which aimed to develop an increased focus on the international marketplace; and Rural Development and Drought Services.

Corporate Performance and Strategies: provides services in the areas of strategic planning, finance, workforce planning and development, policy and legal affairs, performance management, information management and information technology. Incorporates three units of Corporate Performance; Research, Information and Extension; and Policy and Legal Services.

Notably, a major Departmental restructure saw the discontinuation of the regionalised structure of the Department introduced in 1991-1992 to form a framework of Institutes to deliver research, development and extension (research, development and education) services. This network of rural research and extension institutes were:
Queensland Beef Industry Institute - responsible for research and development in order to develop a sustainable and profitable beef industry.
Farming Systems Institute – provided research, development, education and training focusing on field crop systems of northern Australia.
Queensland Horticulture Institute – aimed to develop and promote technology, information and management practices in order to ensure that the horticulture industry in internationally competitive.
Sheep and Wool Institute – focused on rangelands and on enhancing the wool, sheep and meat industries.
Centre for Food Technology – aimed at helping small to large food manufacturers and processors with all aspects of value adding and postharvest technology, including the adoption of new technology and processes, analytical testing, and export market development.
Queensland Poultry Research and Development Centre – a partnership between DPI, The aimed to undertake industry-oriented research into producing nutritionally healthy, high quality poultry products from livestock.
Australian Tropical Dairy Institute – a joint venture between DPII, the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation and The University of Queensland. Aimed to enhance the competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of the northern dairy industry.
Australasian Pig Institute – aimed to enhance the profitability of the pig industry through research, development, and education and training.

Other initiatives included the creation of the statewide Call Centre, the DPI’s worldwide web site and a Board of Management to oversee accountability and financial integrity. Industry Development Councils were established in 1988 to involve industries in developing their own strategic directions.

On 29 June 1998, the Department’s name formally returned to the ‘Department of Primary Industries’.
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Queensland State Archives Agency ID535, Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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