The Department of Primary Industries is a division within NSW Trade & Investment and works to develop and sustain diverse, profitable food and fibre industries, and ensures best practice management of our natural resources.
Our responsibilities include developing profitable, sustainable and biosecure agriculture, and fisheries; ensuring best management of catchments, natural resources and water; and regulating the state's food sector.
Our divisions are:
- Agriculture NSW
- Fisheries NSW
- NSW Food Authority
- Biosecurity NSW
- NSW Office of Water
- Catchments & Lands
- Business Services
Agriculture NSW works with agricultural industries, other collaborators and stakeholders to improve the profitability, sustainability and skills of the agriculture and private forestry sectors. Staff deliver research, development, extension, education and industry development programs in the fields of agricultural productivity, food security, climate, water and soil.
Fisheries NSW develops, shares and protects the State's fisheries resources through fisheries management, science and research, sustainable aquaculture development, habitat protection and regulation. It includes the Marine Parks Authority.
NSW Food Authority ensures that food sold in the State is safe and correctly labelled and that consumers are able to make informed choices about the food they eat. It provides a single point of contact on food safety and regulation for industry, local government and consumers.
Biosecurity NSW manages the risks posed by pests, weeds, diseases and chemicals to the economy, community and the environment, responds to emergencies and disasters, and manages animal welfare.
NSW Office of Water leads policy and reform in sustainable water management for the State's surface and groundwater systems and assists water utilities to provide urban water and sewerage services that benefit all NSW.
Catchments & Lands manages NSW and Commonwealth natural resource management investment programs with 13 local Catchment Management Authorities ensuring that communities have a say on local issues. Crown Lands manages state-owned land, linking with other agencies, local government, the private sector and communities to provide social and economic outcomes for NSW. The Soil Conservation Service specialises in environmental protection, rehabilitation and land management services to both rural and urban clients.
Business Services works across all of DPI providing strategic coordination and development of policy, media and communications, science and research support, planning, reporting and governance requirements. Services include DPI's network of research and education facilities across NSW. The Office of the Chief Scientist supports DPI's science and research program through strategic alliances and collaboration with research partners, both domestic and international.
In addition the Office of Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security delivers independent, innovative and strategic advice to lead integrated projects to drive agricultural sustainability and food security in NSW.