Malcolm Letts

Deputy Director General and Chief Biosecurity Officer, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)

Malcolm Letts is Deputy Director General and Chief Biosecurity Officer in Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. He is a member of the National Biosecurity Committee and chairs the National Biosecurity Communication and Engagement Network and also chaired a working group on Research and Innovation priorities designed to respond to the recommendations in the IGAB review. He believes technology including social research can be better used to optimise the benefits of investment in biosecurity

Malcolm has worked with the Queensland Government for 27 years, with the last 20 years in senior executive roles including as Deputy Director-General, Agriculture. He has extensive experience in agricultural policy and industry development and for five years he was also responsible for the trade and investment area in the department.

He has previously been on the Board of Safe Food Production Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds undergraduate qualifications in environmental science and post graduate qualifications in extension.