From 1 July 2017, the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation will commence. Content on this website will transition to reflect these changes.
DPI is responsible for enforcing and monitoring compliance with all NSW biosecurity legislation. Biosecurity is protecting our economy, environment and communities from the negative impacts of pests, diseases and invasive species.
Through the NSW Food Authority, DPI is also responsible for regulating and monitoring food safety across the entire food industry supply chain in NSW - from paddock to plate.
Biosecurity and food safety compliance officers protect the environment and community by reducing, removing and mitigating the risk of harms to people and the environment.
As an outcome based regulator, our risk based approach to regulation minimises costs and maximises outcomes for the government, businesses and the community.
Our Compliance Policy (PDF, 511.57 KB) details how we encourage voluntary compliance and detect and deter non-compliant behaviour.
Our Enforcement Policy (PDF, 397.25 KB) details how we encourage compliance through proportionate and escalated enforcement actions that ensure fairness and consistency.
The Department of Primary Industries is regularly asked to formally identify cannabis plants for the NSW Police.
Our Cannabis Identification for NSW Police (PDF, 39 KB) fact sheet details the procedure in place to make sure requests from NSW Police for formal cannabis identification are responded to appropriately and safely.
Pests, diseases and weeds can travel with you as you visit different areas of Australia, and there are restrictions on what you can take as you cross state and quarantine borders. Following the rules helps minimise biosecurity risks to Australia’s unique environments and valuable agricultural markets.
Contact the NSW Domestic Quarantine Helpline on 1800 084 881 or 02 9741 4790, or email firstname.lastname@example.org