Orange Agricultural Institute


What happens at Orange Agricultural Institute

The Orange Agricultural Institute (OAI) is situated just south of the Orange CBD. Our staff and scientists work across a range of agricultural and biosecurity fields, developing practical solutions, and providing vital services to support our livestock, crops and environment. The Institute is recognised internationally for producing quality science, contributing to DPI's global rank as one of the top 1% research organisations in plant, animal and agricultural science.

OAI also has a strong regional focus. Home to a number of co-located entities including NSW Department of Primary Industries, Central Tablelands Local Land Services, & Soil Conservation Services, Lands and Water, Water NSW and the Global Agri-Tech Ecosystem, collaborative teams of research units at OAI strive to deliver technology and research outcomes for improved farm management and work practices.

OAI is a working farm comprising over 100 staff and 183 hectares of land that supports 5 hectares of irrigated orchards with over 5000 fruit and nut trees, grapevines, a long term grazing trial with over 700 sheep, research laboratories and a training centre that is available for hire.

Our work protects the agricultural industry from introduced pests, weeds and diseases. We play a critical role in sourcing and supplying temperate fruit for de-infestation and food safety research for horticultural exports. We aim to reduce costs, reduce the use of chemicals, and improve workforce management, leading to increased productivity and performance as well as safer and cleaner environment.

OAI orchid

Our research

The Institute conducts and supports a range of research initiatives for primary industries.

OAI labs

Our facilities and services

The Institute has a range of research, education, farming and community resources.

Weather station

Our climate

Located in the Central Tablelands, the Institute experiences a cool climate.

Aerial view of OAI

Our history

Established in the 1960’s, the Institute has a long history of significant research and development.


1447 Forest Road
Orange NSW 2800

Postal address:

Orange Agricultural Institute
Forest Road
Orange NSW 2800

Phone: (02) 6391 3800

International: +61 0 6391 3800

Fax: (02) 6391 3899