Who we are

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is part of the Department of Industry, Skills, and Regional Development, also known as the Department of Industry.

DPI works to increase the value of primary industries and drive economic growth across NSW.

DPI manages a broad range of initiatives from resource to industry, including natural resource management, research and development, pest and disease management, food safety, industry engagement, and market access and competition.

The DPI Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2019 outlines the role DPI plays in driving economic growth and increasing the value of primary industries in NSW.

Our Minister

The Hon Niall Blair, Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Lands and Water

The Hon. Niall Mark BLAIR, MLC is the Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Lands and Water.

Our divisions

DPI Agriculture is responsible for increasing the productivity and resilience of the agricultural sector. It does this through agricultural productivity research across livestock, plants and natural resource management areas, as well as providing education and training through Tocal College. It also delivers rural support and community development services through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority, and provides scientific advice, quality assurance and management of research facilities that underpin the research programs of the Department.

DPI Fisheries supports economic growth and sustainable access to aquatic resources through commercial and recreational fisheries management, research, aquaculture development, habitat protection and rehabilitation, regulation and compliance. The division mitigates and manages risks from use of land and water, including from sharks and hunting through the Game Licensing Unit.

DPI Biosecurity and Food Safety is responsible for the protection of the NSW economy, environment and community from biosecurity and food safety risks. Incorporating the NSW Food Authority, it is the lead division for the development of interstate and international markets for clean and safe food and agricultural produce. Biosecurity manages risks posed by animal and plant pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants, responds to emergencies and disasters, and manages animal welfare. The branch is focused on providing strategic and operational leadership to achieve biosecure activities and safe products from paddock to plate.

DPI Water is responsible for surface and groundwater management including planning to ensure water security for NSW. DPI Water ensures the available surface and groundwater resources are shared equitably, and that water entitlements and allocations are secure and tradeable. It is also responsible for the management of NSW's water resources which is achieved through planning, policy and regulation, and leads negotiations with Murray Darling Basin Plan.

DPI Land & Natural Resources develops strategy, programs and policy for the management of the Crown land estate, oversees forestry research, policy and regulations, provides specialist commercial services through the Soil Conservation Service, and oversees the operation of Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW.

DPI Communications & Stakeholder Engagement works to ensure DPI builds and fosters strong relationships with partners and stakeholders through effective and informed communication. It extends the work of DPI out of the organisation, manages risks, proactively identifies opportunities to leverage strong and meaningful engagement with our business partners to meet business goals, and most importantly deliver competitive advantage to the State's diverse primary industries sectors.

DPI Strategy & Policy lead the implementation of DPI's strategic planning framework, policy and strategic reform including the DPI Cabinet and legislation programs, and provide specialist macro- and micro-economic and industry policy advice to support DPI programs. It also develops land use conflict solutions and provides coordinated assessment advice into the planning system.

DPI Business Operations focus on the business of DPI. The objective is to optimise key business and operational outcomes by applying strong commercial practices, provide insightful business analytics, agile delivery and lean process management.