Gifts and benefits

We must report all gifts or benefits over $100 accepted by our Secretary.

Reporting ensures our Secretary meets public expectations of integrity, accountability, independence, transparency and professionalism.

Access to data

We update this list each quarter or within 28 days of the Secretary receiving a gift or benefit.

We keep this information on our website for 12 months. We also publish the register on data.gov.au.

Our department was established on 1 February 2020. Before this, we were the:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of the Environment and Energy (Environment portfolio)

Statement by Secretaries

Agriculture, Water and the Environment

In the course of my duties as agency head of Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, I received these gifts or benefits whose value exceeds the stipulated threshold of $AUD100.00 (excluding GST).

Date received Date recorded Gift item, benefit or service Received by (agency contact if not received directly by agency head) Presented by (giver’s name, organisation or country) Occasion Estimated value in $A (wholesale value in country of origin or current market value in Australia)
17/03/2021 19/03/2021 The Yamazaki Single Malt Japanese Whisky Distiller's Reserve Andrew Metcalfe AO His Excellency, Ambassador Yamagami Meet and greed with Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Mr Yamagami $149
14/01/2021 8/02/2021 Jack Denis Pooley Pinot Noir Andrew Metcalfe AO Angela Gosden, Pooley Wines Site Visit to Pooley Wines Vineyard $149
20/07/2020 25/07/2020 Dinner Andrew Metcalfe AO Charles Sturt University A dinner attended by the Executive Leadership Team in Wagga Wagga as part of the department’s regional engagement program. $100

Statement by Deputy Secretaries

In the course of my duties as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, I received these gifts or benefits whose value exceeds a threshold of $AUD100.00 (excluding GST).

Date received Date recorded Gift item, benefit or service Received by (agency contact if not received directly by agency head) Presented by (giver’s name, organisation or country) Occasion Estimated value in $A (wholesale value in country of origin or current market value in Australia)
18/12/2020 18/12/2020 Beach towel David Hazlehurst Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines Christmas gift $100
20/07/2020 25/07/2020 Dinner David Hazlehurst Charles Sturt University A dinner attended by the Executive Leadership Team in Wagga Wagga as part of the department’s regional engagement program. $100
20/07/2020 25/07/2020 Dinner Cindy Briscoe Charles Sturt University A dinner attended by the Executive Leadership Team in Wagga Wagga as part of the department’s regional engagement program.
university information pamphlets.
$100
20/07/2020 25/07/2020 Dinner Andrew Tongue Charles Sturt University A dinner attended by the Executive Leadership Team in Wagga Wagga as part of the department’s regional engagement program. $100
20/07/2020 25/07/2020 Dinner Lyn O’Connell Charles Sturt University A dinner attended by the Executive Leadership Team in Wagga Wagga as part of the department’s regional engagement program. $100
20/07/2020 25/07/2020 Dinner Rosemary Deininger Charles Sturt University A dinner attended by the Executive Leadership Team in Wagga Wagga as part of the department’s regional engagement program. $100

Statement by former Deputy Secretaries

In the course of my duties as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, I received these gifts or benefits whose value exceeds a threshold of $AUD100.00 (excluding GST).

Date received Date recorded Gift item, benefit or service Received by (agency contact if not received directly by agency head) Presented by (giver’s name, organisation or country) Occasion Estimated value in $A (wholesale value in country of origin or current market value in Australia)
20/07/2020 25/07/2020 Dinner Dean Knudson Charles Sturt University A dinner attended by the Executive Leadership Team in Wagga Wagga as part of the department’s regional engagement program. $100
20/07/2020 25/07/2020 Dinner James Larsen Charles Sturt University A dinner attended by the Executive Leadership Team in Wagga Wagga as part of the department’s regional engagement program. $100
20/07/2020 25/07/2020 Dinner and gift bag Matt Cahill Charles Sturt University A dinner attended by the Executive Leadership Team in Wagga Wagga as part of the department’s regional engagement program. Gift bag contained a bottle of wine, chocolate bullets, jar of caramelised onion jam and university information pamphlets. $140