This new department will bring agriculture together with the staff and functions of the departments of Fisheries and Regional Development and nine Regional Development Commissions.
Leading the amalgamated department will be Ralph Addis, director general of the Department of Regional Development. Ralph will be working closely with DAFWA’s Acting Director General Mark Sweetingham to ensure the vision for agriculture stays at the forefront of this new agency.
This will be a staged and smooth transition and there should be minimal disruption to DAFWA’s day-to-day operations and services. Legislative and regulatory requirements will continue to be met throughout this process.
This public sector renewal process represents a very significant structural change across government and for the individual agencies forming this new department.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will provide a stronger, more focused and unified service of Western Australia’s vital primary industries and regions.
DAFWA will continue to work closely with and update our stakeholders and clients as we form the new department.