About us

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is a key economic development agency in the government of South Australia.

Our purpose

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

Our priorities

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.
Page Last Reviewed: 29 Jan 2019
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