THE Commonwealth Department of Agriculture has issued a statement confirming that it no longer exists.

Rather, as of the start of the month, the Department of Agriculture has become the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE or AWE).

A notice was issued on the departmental website with particular relevance to importers and customs brokers of imported animals and cargo, transport companies, approved arrangement sites and treatment providers who deal with imported goods.

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“The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is an amalgamation of an important portfolio of work to better align functions and responsibilities, ensuring the department can deliver the government’s broad environmental and agricultural agenda,” the statement read.

“It will be business as usual and this change will not affect the regulatory functions performed by the department.”

The website for the new department is www.awe.gov.au

Email addresses will now appear as first.lastname@awe.gov.au, however all emails sent to @agriculture.gov.au will be received as normal.

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