The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Business Review

Street address: c/- Customs/AQIS House, Corner Grant & Centre Road, Melbourne Airport VIC 3045

Postal Address: PO Box 1006 Tullamarine VIC 3043

Telephone: +61 3 8318 6700

Fax: +61 3 8318 6701






The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) of Melbourne is situated at the airport and carries out the same duties as all the other regional DAWR offices around Australia.

The DAWR aims to enhance the sustainability, profitability and competitive

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) of Melbourne is situated at the airport and carries out the same duties as all the other regional DAWR offices around Australia.

The DAWR aims to enhance the sustainability, profitability and competitiveness of Australia’s agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry industries.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has 10 areas within it’s portfolio remit; Importing, Exporting, Biosecurity, Traveling to Australia, Agriculture Farming and Food, Animals Plants and Pests, Trade and Market Access, ABARES Science and Economics, Forestry and Fisheries.



The DAWR give advice on a number of issues relating to the importing of goods into Australia.

This includes how to import, before you import, preparation needed before importing. Then once the goods have arrived in the country the issues facing; the arrival of goods, the clearance and inspection of the goods, industry advice notices, food importing regulations and the guidelines offered to airline and vessel operators.



When exporting goods out of Australia the DAWR offers guidelines how to export, help to small exporters and the importing country requirements.
It details how to export; Meat, Live Animals, Dairy and Eggs, Fish and Plants.



Biosecurity is a critical part of the government’s efforts to prevent pests and diseases that threaten the ecology and the environment.

The changing global environment requires an ever changing policy to protect Australia and to place Biosecurity high on the DAWR’s radar. Effective policy requires activities that manage offshore conditions and reduce risks reaching the country’s borders. In effect it means allocating government resources to target the areas that pose the highest biosecurity risks.


Traveling to Australia

The DAWR are responsible for issuing advice to travelers wishing to come to Australia. There are many important restrictions and advice that people must know entering the country including; the maintenance of Australia’s biosecurity, the travelling requirements, bringing goods into the country and mailing goods into Australia.

Arrivals into Australia are required to complete an Incoming Passenger Card where all food, plants and animals must be declared.

These items will be inspected to ensure they have no disease or pests. Anything found to be concerning biosecurity the imported goods may be disposed of or products may require treatment at the passenger’s own expense.

Failure to disclose any items or the making of false declarations may result in a $360 dollar fine and a 10 year jail sentence.


Agriculture, Farming and Food

The DAWR develops policies and services to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and related industries.

It also supports farmers in difficult times and assist in risk management planning consultation.


Animals, Plants and Pests

The department is solely responsible for the protection of Australia’s fauna and flora. A high priority is placed on the education and awareness to prevent pest and disease incursions.


Trade and Market Access

Around 70% of all Australia’s agricultural produce is exported, and the D.A.W.R works hard to help develop trade and increase market access.

It does this by operating an extensive external network and working with foreign colleagues to provide assistance in accessing foreign markets.

Providing assistance in setting up and regulating worldwide free trade agreements the department facilitates trade and commerce. This concerns tearing down technical barriers to trade and keeping abreast of the World Trade Organisation’s advice and public notices.


Forestry and Fisheries

The department aims to foster and enable productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable forest and forest product industries.

The State and Territory governments manage fisheries in consultation with the fishing industry, scientists and other involved groups. The management processes are used to implement controls like fishing quotas, methods of fishing and sustainability.

Exporting fish and fish related products is a highly regulated activity and is covered under the prescribed goods under Australian legislation. As a result the export of fish and products for human consumption is regulated by Australia’s Export Control legislation.

This legislation supports the production of safe food and ensures that all food exported complies with Australian Food Standards and any additional importing country requirements.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have to play an important role in the running of Australia’s food and water facilities. The department also acts as a vital protection for the country’s Biosecurity.