The organisation

We provide leadership for the growth and sustainable development of food, fibre, fishing and forestry industries and to optimise their contribution to economic, environment and social outcomes for Queensland.

Our work spans across the agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries with services and partnerships that help increase industry productivity and profitability, while protecting our state's valuable resources.

We have around 2000 staff spread across four regions of the state. This includes staff who provide services to other agencies through a corporate partnership arrangement.

Our organisational chart (PDF, 93.6KB) reflects the high-level structure of the department.

Our business areas

We are structured to deliver our objectives through four service areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries and Forestry
  • Biosecurity Queensland
  • Corporate


Agriculture works with industry associations and all levels of government to provide operating conditions and services that enable businesses to develop the workforce, manage risks and build resilience, and improve market supply chains. It also manages the delivery of regional assistance to industry.

Within Agriculture, Agri-Science Queensland undertakes research, development and extension to lift the productivity of Queensland's agricultural businesses.

Fisheries and Forestry

Fisheries and Forestry manages the sustainability and allocation of fisheries and forestry resources for all Queenslanders. This is vital to create the basis for profitable businesses and enjoyable recreational fishing experiences for locals and visitors.

Fisheries and Forestry ensures fisheries remain sustainable and productive by monitoring, determining and controlling access and development as needed; providing education and enforced fishing regulations to promote equitable access to fisheries resources; maintaining supplies of state owned forest products and quarry materials to industry.

Biosecurity Queensland

Biosecurity Queensland leads the Government's efforts to prevent, respond to and recover from pests and diseases threatening agricultural prosperity, the environment, social amenity and human health. This is achieved by maintaining access to markets, protecting animal welfare and reducing the risk of contamination from agricultural chemicals.


The business areas are supported by corporate services delivered under a Corporate Partnership. A corporate hub is hosted within the department and provides finance, information technology, communication, human resources and organisational performance management services across cluster partners.


The Queensland Government has a long history in working with agriculture, fisheries and forestry communities. Over the past 100 years, industry has changed and developed, as we have with them.

Download our historical highlights (PDF, 422.7KB) to find out more.

Strategic plan

Our strategic plan outlines how we contribute to government policy for food and fibre and sustainable fishing.

Last updated 23 September 2016