Caretaker 2022

Caretaker 2022

The Australian Government is in caretaker mode. The business of government continues and this website will be updated as needed.

Read the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions

Common banded mosquito Culex annulirostris female. Photo courtesy of Stephen L. Doggett

Japanese encephalitis

The Australian Government is responding to an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis, a mosquito-borne virus affecting humans and animals.

Find out more about the response

at-risk products, khapra beetle and khapra larva

Import conditions are changing to stop khapra beetle

From 28 April 2022, other-risk plant products and seeds for sowing will require a government issued certificate to be imported.

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Decorative background for Budget 2022-23

Budget 2022-23

The 2022–23 Federal Budget has been delivered.

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Agriculture and land

Building stronger and more sustainable agriculture, fisheries, forestry and land care.



Improving the sustainable management of Australia’s water resources for agriculture, the environment and communities.



Improving stewardship and sustainable management of Australia’s environment.

Biosecurity and trade

Lowering biosecurity risks to Australia, and assisting industry to accelerate growth towards a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030.

Parks and heritage

Managing Australia’s iconic national parks, historic places and living landscapes.

Science and research

Undertaking research and collecting data to support informed decisions and policies.

Enhancing Australia's agriculture, environment, heritage and water resources through regulation and partnership.

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News and Media

  • Media release
  • Imports
New import conditions will help protect Australia against khapra beetle, a highly invasive pest that poses a major threat to Australia’s grains industry.
  • Have your say
  • Fisheries
The public consultation period for assessment for export accreditation will be open until COB 26 May 2022.
  • Media release
  • Health
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) and the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resources Division (LRD) have signed a new cooperative agreement to strengthen animal…