The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is a key economic development agency in the government of South Australia.
Our purpose is to grow primary industries and drive regional development.
Our agriculture, food, wine and forestry industries are a major employer and our largest export sector accounting for almost half of the state’s merchandise exports. Primary industries and agribusiness directly generated $15.2 billion in revenue in 2018–19, which includes final sales from all primary production and associated processing.
Our regions also make a substantial contribution to the state’s economy, not only through agribusiness but also through mining and minerals processing, manufacturing, tourism and energy production.
Regional South Australia contributes about $25 billion to the state’s economy (revenue from all industries in 2015–16) with just 29% of the state’s population.
Corporate plan and organisational structure
PIRSA’s priorities are to:
- Increase productivity of our primary industries and agribusinesses.
- Secure production through biosecurity, food safety standards and efficient and sustainable use of resources.
- Enable market access by working with primary industries to respond to evolving requirements of domestic and global markets and consumers.
- Grow regions by driving new economic opportunities and building and strengthening communities.
- Manage adverse events effectively and help primary industries and communities improve preparedness, resilience and recover well.
- Reform our legislative framework and programs to drive efficiency, effectiveness and unlock potential.
- Build partnerships with industry, stakeholders, research organisations and regional communities.
- Perform well as a modern, flexible and responsive organisation that values and develops its people.