The Agriculture portfolio is supported by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). The purpose of DEDJTR is to create the conditions to sustainably develop the Victorian economy and grow employment.
A strong, competitive and sustainable economy is vital for Victoria's future. It will provide the confidence, investment and job opportunities that will enable a better quality of life for all Victorians, both for current and future generations.
The department uses the Agriculture Victoria brand to give visibility to its services and support to the farming sector. The Agriculture Victoria brand and logo emphasise the clean, green nature of Victoria's farming produce.
The Victorian Government has identified the food and fibre sector as one of a number of growth sectors vital to the future economic prosperity of Victoria.
The food and fibre sector is already a key driver of the Victorian economy. It contributes 4.9 per cent to gross state product and in 2013-14 accounted for 48 per cent of the State's total goods exports valued at $11.8 billion.
This sector employs 193,450 people, many in regional and rural areas and it underpins the prosperity of many local communities across Victoria making them a major input to Victoria's economy.
The Government is helping to secure the future of Victoria's industries and supporting families through initiatives that will build industry capacity, grow exports and importantly support the creation of new jobs and economic growth in our regional and rural communities.
Please visit the DEDJTR website for more information about the department.