AgriBio is a joint initiative of the Victorian Government, through the Department of Primary Industries, and La Trobe University.
Department of Primary Industries
DPI designs and delivers government policies and programs that enable Victoria 's primary and energy industries to sustainably maximise the wealth and wellbeing they generate, by providing essential goods and services, employment, investment and recreational opportunities.
DPI, one of ten Victorian Government departments, reports to the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, and employs more than 2,500 staff who work from 76 locations across the State.
The Minister for Agriculture and Food Security has joint operational responsibility for AgriBio with La Trobe’s Vice Chancellor.
By combining capabilities and creating critical mass at AgriBio, DPI will strengthen its ability to meet a range of core strategic objectives, including meeting legislative obligations to protect agricultural production and export trade, and improve primary industries' international competitiveness and sustainability. Increasingly, DPI’s strategic science capabilities will be focused on addressing the challenges of climate change and drought using genomics-based solutions.
To learn more about DPI, visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au
La Trobe University
La Trobe University (La Trobe) is one of Australia’s leading institutes of higher education. Established in 1967, it was the third University to open in Victoria, Australia.
La Trobe is an internationally acknowledged centre for teaching, training, scholarship and research, and strives to prepare students for the fast-changing needs and challenges of work and society. It has a strong commitment to internationalisation and seeks to attract students and staff from all around the world.
La Trobe has 3,000 staff, and accommodates more than 28,000 students, including approximately 4,500 international students from over 90 countries. The main Melbourne campus is in Bundoora, with six other campuses located across the State.
La Trobe has an international reputation in the molecular and life sciences, and AgriBio will further enhance the University’s science and research profile. Staff and postgraduate students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and enhanced opportunities to contribute to major research programs. AgriBio will assist La Trobe to support agricultural education in Victoria.
To learn more about La Trobe, visit www.latrobe.edu.au