Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)

Queensland Government

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The Department undertakes, supports and collaborates in a diverse suite of research programs to support sustainable and innovative agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors in Queensland. These research programs operate across: broadacre crops, fruits and vegetable, animal production, health and welfare, biosecurity (pest plants and animals), aquaculture and fisheries and forestry and wood productions and products. It has research stations and facilities throughout Queensland including fisheries, animal and plant science centres. DAF researchers work closely with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation and state, national and overseas universities and research organisation and industry research organsiations.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • broadacre crops
  • fruits and vegetable
  • nursery production
  • animal production, health and welfare
  • biosecurity (pest plants and animals)
  • aquaculture and fisheries
  • forestry and wood productions and products.

Facilities and major equipment

  • Maroochy Research Facility
  • Mareeba Research Facility
  • Leslie Research Facility, Toowoomba
  • J Bjelke Petersen Research Facility, Kingaroy
  • Gatton Research Facility
  • Bribie Island Research Centre
  • Applethorpe Research Facility
  • Ecosciences Precinct
  • Health and Food Science Precinct
  • Bowen, Cairns and Ayr Research Facilities

Number of research staff

100-200 research staff


Mineral House, 41 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government - Agency
  • Research Hospital
  • University Research Centre

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