The publications come in various forms, in a wide range of formats and from a variety of sources.
- Reports/national standards/codes of practice
- National Water Quality Management Strategy documents
- Other water related documents
- Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
- Research databases (ARRIP, ABOA and Streamline)
- Records and resolutions of recent Ministerial Council meetings
- Other publications (mainly national strategies)
A number of Standards and Codes of Practice relating to the primary industries sector have been prepared after extensive consultation with Australian/State/Territory government agencies as well as with industry and animal welfare groups.
These documents are available at CSIRO Publishing including in a free, electronic download form.
A number of earlier Codes of Practice relating to transport of livestock are either still current or have been partially superseded by more recently published codes relating in particular to land transport of cattle, horses, pigs and poultry (available through CSIRO Publishing). The original codes are available below as free downloads.
- Road Transport of Livestock (1983) PDF [2.1 MB]
- Rail Transport of Livestock (1983) PDF [1.2 MB]
- Sea Transport of Livestock (1987) PDF [1.08 MB]
- Air Transport of Livestock (1986) PDF [2.1 MB]
In addition, ARMCANZ and ANZECC published the National Water Quality Management Strategy series which aims to achieve the sustainable use of Australia's water resources by protecting and enhancing their quality, while maintaining their economic and social development. The Strategy consists of a series of policy documents and guidelines which will help water authorities, environment protection agencies, catchment managers and local communities to manage the quality of the nation's water resources in a sustainable way.
Most of these documents are available from the Secretariat
The Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture publishes original research into applied agriculture including animal production, animal-plant interactions, pasture and fodder crops, field crops and horticulture.The journal also publishes reviews, negative evidence, records, descriptions of new cultivars, comments and replies, and papers about techniques and equipment. The journal is published by CSIRO Publishing.
The Primary Industries and Natural Resource Management Standing Committees contribute to the funding of three databases: the Australian Rural Research in Progress (ARRIP), the Australian Bibliography of Agriculture (ABOA) and Streamline. These databases contain details and abstracts of the published agricultural and natural resources literature and records of research in progress and recently completed research.
Contains information on current and recently completed research projects being undertaken in Australia on all aspects of agriculture, land resources, fisheries, horticulture, water resources, soil sciences, conservation, vegetation, forestry, ecology and environment. Each project provides contact details for the researcher/s undertaking the project, a description of the aims, methodology and status of the project and sponsorship details.
Covers all aspects of animal, crop and pasture production; plant breeding; post harvest handling; horticulture; veterinary sciences; rural economics; rural extension, education and training; forestry including agro forestry and farm forestry; fisheries and aquaculture; food technology and human nutrition; agricultural systems and farm management; and sustainable agriculture. Information published by the State Departments of agriculture/primary industries are comprehensively covered.
Streamline is the companion database to ARRIP and ABOA, and provides bibliographic information and abstracts on all aspects of land, vegetation and water resources and the sustainable development of water resources including urban water, wastewater and irrigation.
In April 2011, the Primary Industries Ministerial Council agreed to establish a joint government and industry working group to identify technical, logistical and commercial barriers to introduction of an NLIS sheep and goats based on electronic identification and to prepare an implementation plan for an electronic NLIS sheep and goats. The working group presented their report the Standing Council on Primary Industries in October 2012.
This publication was not prepared by the department and may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines. If you require an accessible version of the publication, please contact the SCoPI secretariat.
The Hon. Tony Burke MP, Australian Government Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, and co-chair of the then Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council, released Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030 on behalf of the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council. The strategy is an overarching national policy document guiding how governments, the community, farmers and other land managers, industry and scientists manage and protect Australia's plants, animals and ecosystems over the next 20 years.
National Cadmium Minimisation Strategy for Agriculture PDF [404 KB]
Cadmium is a naturally-occurring toxic heavy metal that may cause health problems in people exposed to high concentrations over a long period. It accumulates in the body and can cause kidney problems later in life. Australia is taking steps to ensure levels of cadmium in agricultural soils, fertiliser and farm produce are kept within safe limits. The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Resource Management commissioned the National Cadmium Minimisation Strategy for Agriculture to ensure that Australia maintains safe levels of cadmium in its agricultural soils and diet. Dr Mike McLaughlin the National Cadmium Co-ordinator overseeing the strategy. Dr McLaughlin can be contacted by email or phone +61 8 8303 8433.
Future Strategic Directions for the Management of Dryland Salinity: In the context of developing a national policy for natural resource management (March 2000) PDF [132 KB]
This report presents a review of current approaches and achievements in dryland salinity management and some key principles and recommended approaches from which governments can draw in developing their policy responses to dryland salinity.
Management of Coastal Acid Sulfate Soils - A National Strategy (August 1999) PDF [4.52 MB]
Acid sulfate soils are widely distributed around the Australian coastline. Poorly managed, they can produce enormous quantities of sulfuric acid with serious impacts on water quality, aquatic systems, urban infrastructure and primary industries such as fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture. This Strategy provides a framework for governments, industry and the community to manage development on these soils. It seeks an integrated and coordinated approach to management. It also provides general background about the impacts of acid drainage water. Comments or further information to John Williams, NSW Agriculture via email or phone +61 2 6626 1340.
National Principles and Guidelines for Rangeland Management (April 1999) PDF [433 KB]
The Principles and Guidelines bring together diverse interests in industry and the environment, and also reflect community issues. The focus of the document is on sustainable management of Australia's rangelands which represent some of our most sensitive ecosystems and support diverse industries and communities, including Australia's important pastoral industries. It identifies a need for rangeland communities to develop regional strategies which address the full range of social, cultural, aesthetic, economic and environmental issues they face. Copies can be obtained by ringing 1800 803 772.
A Vision for Change: National Plan for Women in Agriculture and Resource Management (July 1998) PDF [148 KB]
The National Plan was developed by the Australian Government - State Rural Women's Working Group for the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Resource Management (SCARM), which comprises Australian/State/Territory departments involved in agriculture and resource management. Launched on 5 November 1998, the Plan provides guidelines for organisations on "best practice" methods of supporting and recognising the work value of women in agriculture and resource management, and outlines the economic imperatives for doing so. It contains about 70 strategies and case studies to assist organisations to value, uphold and utilise the diverse skills and experience of rural women. For further information or copies of "A Vision for Change" contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Vision for Change: National Plan for Women in Agriculture and Resource Management: Second Annual Implementation Report 1999-2000 (July 2001) PDF [418 KB]
The Second Implementation Report builds on the data collection begun with the First Implementation Report and provides data for the 1999/2000 financial year and also comparison data from the first report. The report also extends the baseline by including data from agencies in addition to those included in the First Implementation Report.