Chance to shape the future of agriculture

Encouraging a wider variety of applicants to apply for government boards is the focus of a new online tool, launched by the Australian Government.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Portfolio Boards Register enables eligible applicants to register their interest to be on one of the boards.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Murray Watt said it was a chance for motivated and passionate applicants of all backgrounds that have an interest in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector to roll their sleeves up and have a go.

“There are 18 different portfolio boards that fall under the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry sector,” Minister Watt said.

“They reflect the different needs of the portfolio – from primary producers, to research and development corporations, to examining drought preparedness across the food and fibre industry.

“Given the broad cross-section of topics these boards look after, we’re hoping to see a wider range of Australians putting their hands up and get involved on these boards.

“This includes more women, more young people and more indigenous Australians.

Minister Watt said he hoped to see new and upcoming talent who have an interest to shape the future of agricultural work stepping forward.

“Working on a portfolio board is a great opportunity to participate in setting strategic direction, engage with stakeholders and are to work with the Government on growing our agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.

“Since taking up my role as Agriculture Minister, I’ve met people from all walks of life who work to create more sustainable, productive and profitable food and fibre industries.

“These individuals have shared wonderful insights into topics such as promoting better resource management practices, innovation, sovereign capability, and improved access to international markets.

“It would be great to see this breadth of the public and the industry reflected in the portfolio boards. If you’re involved in the sector, then you should embrace the opportunity to have a say in its future.”

To register your interest, visit