Citrus is one of most important horticultural industries in NSW with a production area of around 13,000 hectares. The Australian citrus industry is the largest fresh fruit exporter in Australia worth in excess of A$200 million annually. NSW produces around 250,000 tonnes of citrus annually representing 40% of Australian production and 36% of citrus exports.

The largest and most important production areas in NSW are in the Riverina and Murray Valley regions, with smaller plantings located around Bourke, Narromine and the Central and North coast regions of NSW. The main citrus fruits grown in NSW are navel and Valencia oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes and grapefruit.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has the largest citrus research and extension team in Australia and plays a leading role in supporting the NSW and Australian citrus industry with its substantial research, extension and information capacity.

NSW DPI contacts

  • Citrus Development Officer: Steven Falivene, 03 5019 8400, 0427 208 611 (Dareton)
  • Citrus Development Officer: Andrew Creek, 02 6951 2522, 0428 934 952  (Yanco)
  • Citrus Entomology: Jianhua Mo, 02 6951 2611 (Yanco)
  • Citrus Pathology: Nerida Donovan, 02 4640 6333 (EMAI)
  • Citrus Post-harvest: John Golding, 02 4348 1926 (Gosford)

Government agencies

Other state and territory departments


  • Auscitrus
    The trading name of the Australian Citrus Propagation Association Incorporated (ACP), a national "not for profit" industry organisation responsible for supply of citrus budwood and seed in Australia.
  • Citrus Australia Ltd
    The national peak body of the Australian citrus growing industry. ACG membership includes nine grower organisations and three State Statutory Citrus Authorities, which in turn represent approximately 2,000 commercial citrus growers.
  • Australian Horticulture Exporters' Association (AHEA)
    The national peak industry body of exporters committed to the development of the export of Australian horticultural products. Also a designated secondary shipper body negotiating shipping freight rates on behalf of members and the horticultural export industry.
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia 
    National research, development and marketing organisation. Horticulture industries can access matching Commonwealth funding through HAL for research and development activities.