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Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

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The Northern Territory is blessed with rich land and sea resources and enjoys a consistently robust economy and strong population growth. The Top End is the envy of farmers Australia-wide for its guaranteed wet season rainfall that nourishes premium crops and livestock destined for burgeoning domestic and offshore markets.

The Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) is the government agency responsible for facilitating industry development in these vital economic sectors, ensuring the optimal use of the Territory's fisheries and primary industries resources.

The combined value of our rural and fishing sectors exceeds $540 million a year, accounting for 3.3% of Gross Domestic Product (GSP).

The industries we service impact on the economic and social well-being of thousands of owners, managers, employees, service people and families in urban and rural communities, across all Northern Territory regions and climatic zones.

The department's multi-skilled specialist team of scientists, researchers, technicians, extension officers and support staff are committed to supporting industry with research initiatives, business development programs and production and supply-chain information focused on expanding the productive capacity of the Northern Territory’s primary industry and fishery industries.

Related Publications

Download Annual Report 2012-13 (Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries) Annual Report 2012-13 (Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries)
The report describes the operational performance and key achievements of each of the department's output groups, in pursuant to section 28 of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act
Download Annual Research Achievements Report 2012-13 - Primary Industries [DOCX] Annual Research Achievements Report 2012-13 - Primary Industries [DOCX]
Since the mid 1980s this department has published an annual publication on the work of its science and technical staff. This Annual Research Achievements Report provides a summary of the R&D effort in primary industries by the science officers during the 2012-13 financial year. » DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION
Download Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries Industry Development Plan 2013-2017 Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries Industry Development Plan 2013-2017
Our Vision
A flourishing economy underpinned by profitable and sustainable resource-based industries.
Our Mission
To work with our partners to stimulate and sustain economic development throughout the Territory.
Download Pastoral Industry Survey 2010 - NT Wide (DOCX) Pastoral Industry Survey 2010 - NT Wide (DOCX)
The previous NT Pastoral Industry Survey (in 2004) was the first comprehensive data of the Territory industry’s practices and plans that had been collected since the early 1980s. The results attracted great interest and showed a remarkable transformation of the industry over that 20 year period. It was therefore agreed that the survey would be repeated approximately every five years to monitor the progress of the industry as it evolves, and this survey which reports on the 2010 calendar year is the result. While the changes from 2004-10 have been less dramatic than those reported in 2004, the data shows steady development in the industry and significant investment in infrastructure and improved management. » DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION