About us

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources was established by the Northern Territory Government on 12 September 2016.

The department brings together many of the key functions that drive economic development on Northern Territory (NT) lands, coastal areas and inland waterways.

Its operations cover the entire NT. Its major functional areas are mines and energy, fisheries and product integrity, primary industry economic development and NT geological survey.

These include regulatory and research functions related to:

  • mining
  • energy
  • gas
  • geoscience information
  • geological survey
  • mining environment remediation
  • agriculture including livestock and plant industries
  • fisheries management and compliance
  • aquaculture
  • agribusiness investment attraction and market development
  • agribusiness enterprise development
  • Indigenous economic development
  • biosecurity
  • animal welfare
  • community engagement
  • policy, strategy and compliance.

The department has one minister, one chief executive and has offices in each major region in the NT.

More about primary industries and fisheries

The gross value of production of NT primary industries and fisheries is over half a billion dollars annually (farm gate values). Demand from Asian markets to the north is growing and provides increased opportunity to find niche markets for development of existing NT industries, establishment of major agribusiness projects and to facilitate new inward investment in NT primary industries and fisheries.

The department plays a key role in the emerging agenda for the development of northern Australia. Its three areas of focus are growing new industries including diversification of existing production enterprises, protecting industries and market access and providing the specialist services needed for these operations.

It has a strong record of serving industry sectors with effective research, development, extension and product integrity assurance services and works with industry partners to convert this opportunity into profitable and sustainable development.

The department strives for innovation, flexibility and excellence in client service and continuous improvement in its operations to achieve the right balance of research, development and regulation to underpin profitable and sustainable growth of the NT economy in accordance with its key strategy document, the Industry Development Plan 2013‑2017 (2.5 mb).

More about mining and energy

The mining sector as a whole, including minerals and petroleum, accounts for about 12% of the NT economy and is the largest sector after construction. It has grown over the last 20 years consistent with the growth of the NT economy. More recently the expansion of the gas and condensate industries has led to expansion of the mining sector.

The department plays a key development and regulatory role in northern Australian minerals and petroleum resources. It manages the risks associated with historical mining sites, administers tenure and land access agreements for mining, petroleum and geothermal exploration and development and supports economic development and participation for Indigenous people.

More about NT geological survey

Geological information underpins development of the mines and energy sectors.

The department captures key information, packages and disseminates it in order to encourage the responsible development of the minerals and petroleum sectors of the economy.

It also targets investment opportunities with the aim of attracting local and international business investment partnerships.

Strategic plan

Annual reports

Organisation structure

The department's organisational chart (80.9 kb) shows its major areas of focus and key regional locations.

Our Minister

Hon. Ken Vowles

Our management

CEO Alister Trier

Mines and energy executive team

Deputy Chief Executive
Rod Applegate

Armando Padovan

Victoria Jackson

Strategy and Policy Coordination
Russell Ball

Fisheries and product integrity executive team

General manager
Ian Curnow

Biosecurity and Animal Welfare
Michelle Rodan

Fisheries and Aquaculture
Glenn Schipp

Strategic Services
Christine Long

Corporate Communication
Zoe Malone

Economic development executive team

Major Agribusiness Projects
Lorraine Corowa

Livestock Industries Development
Neil MacDonald

Plant Industries Development
Philip Hausler

Market and Enterprise Development

NT Geological Survey
Ian Scrimgeour

Corporate services team

HR, Risk and Audit
Rick Bishop

Finance and Budget: CFO
Karen Simpson

IT and Information Management: CIO
Rowan Dollar

Work for the department

People of all age groups, cultural backgrounds and professional experience enjoy the benefits of working for the department.

The department's employment value proposition is designed to attract and retain our diverse workforce of highly motivated scientists, engineers, researchers, technicians, managers and administrative specialists.

The department is focused on strengthening current and future leaders, cultivating a passionate, innovative and diverse workforce while ensuring we have a strong work health and safety culture.

The Indigenous Employment and Career Development Strategy supports and encourages employment, retention and career development of Indigenous people.

See the Strategic Plan 2018-2022 (1.8 mb) for more information.

Read more about employment conditions on the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment website.

Learning and development opportunities

The department's personal development and performance planning process allows for you and your supervisor to jointly set goals for your achievements to be acknowledged, and for your learning and career aspirations to be supported.

The department is committed to investing in the training and development of its people. The objective is to provide staff with the skills necessary to achieve quality results and aid career and personal development.

The department's study assistance policy provides various levels of support for professional education relevant to the department’s and our people’s aspirations.

Work health and safety

Safety is part of our culture. The safety of people is our highest priority and an integral part of all activities and we believe no activity should compromise personal safety.

The department provides a free and confidential Employee Assistance Program to employees and their immediate families. The service is high value to employees deciding to use it and a departmental referral is not required. Assistance on a range of issues is available including:

  • management coaching service
  • relationship and child behaviour
  • vocational and career management advice
  • stress management
  • grief / critical incident response
  • alcohol and other drug issues
  • interpersonal conflict.

Grants and sponsorship requirements

How to acknowledge grant funding or sponsorship from DPIR

Any organisation that receives grant funding or sponsorship from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) must acknowledge the support of the Northern Territory Government in any media releases and promotion  for the funded activity.

This is stated in the grant guidelines and forms part of  your funding or sponsorship agreement.


The Proudly supported by Northern Territory Government logo must be prominently featured on all promotional material associated with the grant or sponsorship arrangement or the phase ‘Proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government’ should be used.

Where to download logos

You can download the following logos to display on your  marketing material.

NTG Logo Color

NTG primary logo - CMYK - EPS (494.0 kb)
NTG primary  ogo - colour - JPG (116.8 kb)

NTG Logo Black and white

NTG primary logo - mono - EPS (491.1 kb)
NTG primary logo - mono - JPG (99.0 kb)

The primary logo should only be used on a white or very light background. The mono logo is to be used on a coloured background.

Please contact communications.dpir@nt.gov.au if you require a reverse logo or need the logo in a different format.

Logos may vary in size but must be easy to read when placed  near other text and graphics. The logos must be clear of text or images and must not be stretched or distorted.

Where to acknowledge funds

The types of  promotional activity for your funded activity that must acknowledge funding include:

  • media releases
  • advertisements
  • posters or flyers
  • publications for or about your funded activity
  • banners
  • websites and social media (info or about section) for your funded activity
  • articles in newsletters or e-bulletins.

This is not an exhaustive list. Please contact communications.dpir@nt.gov.au if you are unsure about whether you need to acknowledge Northern Territory Government funding on a particular piece of merchandise or material, or through a particular communication channel.


Please contact media@dpir.nt.gov.au if you are planning any media around funded activity. There may be an  opportunity for the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources or your local member to attend public events or launches, or open your project.

If you are issuing media releases about your funded activity, the support of the Northern Territory Government must be acknowledged in the release.

Last updated: 02 November 2018