Growing and protecting
agricultural assets

The Palaszczuk Government recognises the importance of Queensland’s agricultural sector to the economy, particularly as a significant export earner. The 2017-18 Queensland Budget provides funding to protect our precious agricultural assets from feral pests, disease and invasive weeds, grow our export industry, and continue measures focused on curbing farm debt.

Key features of the 2017-18 Queensland Budget include:

  • extension of existing drought relief arrangements, with up to $34.6 million in assistance available


  • $5.2 million over three years to support rural economic development through Growing Queensland’s Food Exports, development of a Rural Economies Centre of Excellence and continuation of the One Stop Service

  • $5.9 million over two years from 2016-17 for the Electric Ant Eradication Program, wild dog fencing through Round 3 of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative and management of Navua Sedge


  • up to $9 million over two years to continue the Government’s emergency response to white spot disease, building on the $17.6 million committed in 2016-17

  • $2.8 million to continue the fight against Panama disease


  • $3.4 million over four years for the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority to undertake a rural debt survey, operate the Farm Debt Restructure Office, and develop a policy and research function


  • $30 million over three years to implement management reforms for Queensland fisheries.

Last updated: 13 June 2017