Who we are

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is part of 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 2017 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, Minister for Regional Water and Minister for Trade and Industry.

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.

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 Fisheries also incorporates a dedicated Forestry Group, who lead policy, industry development, science and research for the State’s $2.4 billion wood and product manufacturing industry.

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 Strategy, Policy & Engagement lead the organisations’ stakeholder engagement, strategic and business planning, performance measurement and communication functions.  It is responsible for the delivery of DPI’s policy and strategic reform including the DPI Cabinet and legislation programs.  The division drives awareness of the DPI Strategic Plan and works with other divisions to align the DPI focus on delivery and business excellence, pivotal to reaching DPI goals for increasing the capacity of primary industries across NSW.

DPI Investment and Business Development is responsible for leading the establishment of  The GATE - Global Ag-tech Eco-System Centre at Orange Agricultural Institute, a collaborative research and technology facility to cultivate and develop agricultural technology ideas and fast-track the development of ag-tech to increase productivity.The division also identifies commercialisation paths for DPI research and development outcomes and secure partners and funding for research initiatives.

DPI Research Excellence supports DPI’s innovation and risk management goals by driving scientific excellence and strategy through our research institutes and stations and building strong scientific capability across DPI.