- 1978-01-01 - (Creation)
- 1978-01-01 - 1986-06-04 (Accumulation)
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The functions of the Department of Agriculture included: establishment of experimental stations throughout the colony; making analyses of typical soils; disseminating meteorological information; improving the dairying and livestock industries; preventing the adulteration of chemical manures; introducing and distributing new varieties of fodder plants, cereals and fruit trees; excluding or eradicating insect pests and introducing new and improved mechanical appliances for use in agricultural pursuits.
The Department of Agriculture had a broad role to foster the State's agriculture and the overseas marketing of its products by representation on the Australian Agricultural Council, it helped establish nationally acceptable policies. It was the branch of the State Government service which brought scientific advice to farmers and pastoralists, conducting a wide range of research and administering relevant Acts of Parliament. It maintained services to assist farmers and its regulatory work consisted of carrying out the provisions of some laws relating to Agriculture.
The Department of Agriculture became the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) in March 2006 to reflect the department's increased focus on food and trade development, food marketing, food integrity and regional food development.
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The function of the Department was to:
- manage State forests, national parks, nature reserves and other lands and the associated forest produce, fauna and flora;
- encourage the development of forest production requirements;
- conserve and protect flora and fauna and administer the Wildlife Conservation Act;
- carry out research into land management, and Conservation and protection of flora and fauna;
- advise and co-operate with others in the public interest;
- advise the Minister on land matters.
The Lands and Forests Commission, the National Parks and Nature Conservation Authority and the Forest Production Council initially came under the auspices of the Department of Conservation and Land Management.
On 1 July 2006, the functions of the department were taken over by the newly formed Department of Environment and Conservation.
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This series of files comprises Department of Agriculture files that were transferred to the Department of Conservation and Land Management.
The files have been top-numbered by the Department of Conservation and Land Management but the original file numbers are noted in brackets in the titles of each file.