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 harm 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 Regulatory Framework (PDF, 295.18 KB) details our core purpose as well as how we regulate entities and activities according to risk. It also details our regulatory outcomes, how they are achieved and how we measure our performance against these outcomes.

Biosecurity and Food Safety compliance and enforcement policies

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.

Biosecurity and Food Safety compliance regulatory priorities

Biosecurity and Food Safety reviews its compliance regulatory priorities annually to ensure that it adopts a risk-based approach to its enduring priorities, as well as new and emerging biosecurity threats and food safety risks. These priorities are determined in consultation with key industry and community stakeholders and are set in the context of NSW Government priorities and the NSW Department of Primary Industries Strategic Plan.

Read about our Regulatory Priorities for 2018 - 2019 (PDF, 118.01 KB)

Cannabis identification

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.


For general enquiries call 1800 680 244 or email

See a list of emergency and hotline numbers

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


Contact the NSW Food Authority Helpline on 1300 552 406 or email