McGowan Govt’s 2019-20 Budget Includes $131.5 Million For Agriculture

McGowan Govt’s 2019-20 Budget Includes $131.5 Million For Agriculture

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan

State Budget Securing Future For Western Australia Agricultural Effort

Victor P Taffa

  • McGowan Government’s 2019-20 Budget to include $131.5 Million of additional expenditure in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)
  • Funding ensures DPIRD continues its critical role in supporting primary producers and rebuilding scientific capability

McGowan Government is securing the future of the State’s agricultural efforts, with the 2019-20 Budget to include $131.5 Million of additional expenditure in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Under the previous Government, core funding for the then-Department of Agriculture and Food WA was cut significantly with a further 37 % decrease in expenditure built in to the forward estimates.

“Western Australia’s agricultural sector needs long-term, dynamic, government-led research and innovation to remain at the forefront of international competition, and the McGowan Government is committed to delivering for our farmers.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.

“In this year’s Budget, we are securing the future of the State’s agricultural efforts we’re plugging the funding gap and putting DPIRD on a sustainable footing to deliver the best outcomes for our agricultural sector.”

This resulted in a significant loss of agricultural capability and a Budget black hole threatening to further erode the department’s ability to deliver for the State’s agriculture sector.

DPIRD has completed a capability review to determine the functions, structure, resourcing and strategic priorities required to deliver the Government’s priorities in primary industries and regional development.

This expenditure secured in the 2019-20 Budget will allow DPIRD to fulfil its critical role in supporting Western Australia’s primary industries and regional communities while also ensuring the department is able to rebuild capacity and capability.

Increased investment provides a long-term, sustainable funding base for core functions. In addition, long-term funding has been secured for critical programs that were previously funded on a short-term basis, including Boosting Biosecurity Defences, Asian Market Success and Boosting Grains Research and Development.

Expenditure also includes $3.3 Million for critical upgrades to laboratories at DPIRD’s South Perth facility to ensure important agricultural scientific work can continue at the site.

Abbreviations:

WA                 Western Australia