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Department of Primary Industries (New South Wales)

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New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
NSW Department of Primary Industries logo.png
Agency overview
Formed4 April 2011
JurisdictionNew South Wales
Headquarters105 Prince Street, Orange,
New South Wales, Australia
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Scott Hansen, Director-General
Parent agencyDepartment of Regional NSW
Child agencies

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is an agency of the New South Wales Government, responsible for the administration and development for agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, and biosecurity in New South Wales. The DPI works to drive innovation in primary industries to improve resilience, productivity and sustainability, and to ensure risks are managed for natural resources, farming and food.

Despite the name, the DPI is no longer and is not a department of the New South Wales government. The DPI is part of the Department of Regional NSW, and was previously part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment until April 2020.[1]

The DPI headquarters is located in Orange.



The DPI is led by its Director-General, currently Scott Hansen,[2] who reports to the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales, presently the Honourable Adam Marshall MP.[1]

The DPI sits within the wider portfolio of the Department of Regional NSW, led by its Secretary, currently Gary Barnes.


As of July 2020, the DPI consists of the following divisions:[1]

  • DPI Agriculture
  • DPI Biosecurity and Food Security
  • DPI Fisheries
  • DPI Investment and Business Development
  • DPI Engagement and Industry Assistance
  • DPI Research Excellence


The DPIs powers are principally drawn from a range of legislation including the Biosecurity Act (2015) (NSW),[3] Agricultural Industry Services Act (1998), Biological Control Act (1985), Forestry Act (1916), and Fisheries Management Act (1994), Fisheries Act (1935) plus over sixty other acts.[citation needed]


The first predecessor of the Department of Primary Industries was the Department of Mines and Agriculture, established on 3 November 1890.[2]

The first Department of Primary Industries was formed as a government department on 1 July 2004, with the amalgamation of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Mineral Resources, NSW Fisheries, Forestry Commission and State Forests.[4] Barry Buffier was the inaugural Director-General of the department.[5] In 2009, it was abolished and amalgamated into the Department of Industry and Investment.

On 4 April 2011, the Department of Primary Industries was re-established as a Division of the Government Service following the 2011 state election.[6] Three months later, on 1 July 2011, the Department of Primary Services ceased to be a Division of the Government Service and became a departmental office under the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure, which later became Department of Industry.[7][8] The Department of Industry became the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) in 2019.

On 2 April 2020, the Department of Regional NSW was established and the Department of Primary Industries became part of the new department.[9][10]

On 3 November 2020, the DPI celebrated 130 years of its founding. On the same day, it moved its Orange office.[2]


In 1992, the DPI headquarters moved from Sydney to 161 Kite Street, Orange by the NSW Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ian Armstrong, as part of the state government's decentralisation plan.[11][2] Armstrong would later be the Deputy Premier of New South Wales from 1993 to 1995.

On 3 November 2020, the DPI headquarters moved to the newly opened Ian Armstrong Building, named after Armstrong, located on 105 Prince Street, Orange at the site of the former Orange Base Hospital.[12][13][14][15] The building also houses offices of the Departments of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), Regional NSW, Premier and Cabinet, and Education.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Who we are". Department of Primary Industries. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "130 years of DPI". Department of Primary Industries. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  3. ^ NOTE: Distinct from Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cwth))
  4. ^ "Public Sector Employment and Management (Department of Primary Industries) Order 2004". NSW Legislation. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Director-General for Department of Primary Industries named". Department of Primary Industries. 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Public Sector Employment and Management (Departments) Order 2011". NSW Legislation. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Public Sector Employment and Management (Miscellaneous) Order 2011". NSW Legislation. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  8. ^ "NSW Public Sector: Principal Departments and Other Bodies" (PDF). New South Wales Government. 17 August 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Department of Regional NSW to take on urgent needs of the bush". NSW Government. 2 April 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Regional NSW, Department of". Service NSW - NSW Government Directory. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  11. ^ "DAY BY DAY - 1992, the year the DPI came to town". Central Western Daily. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Department of Regional NSW offices to boost jobs in the bush". NSW Government. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  13. ^ "DPI building in Orange to be handed over this week". Western Magazine. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Prince Street to close for DPIE offices opening in Orange". Central Western Daily. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Shiny new headquarters opens for DPI in Orange". The Land. Retrieved 15 January 2021.

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