About us

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) was established by the Northern Territory (NT) Government on 12 September 2016 and has one minister, one chief executive and offices in each major region of the NT.

The department brings together many of the key functions that drive economic development on NT lands, coastal areas and inland waterways, and its operations cover the whole of the Territory. Industry sectors are mines, energy, fisheries, livestock, horticulture,  agriculture.

These include regulatory and research functions related to:

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

Strategic plan

Annual reports

Organisation structure

The department's organisational chart  (80.8 kb) shows the operational makeup of the agency.

Our Minister

Our executive management

Chief Executive
Alister Trier, Chief Executive

Deputy Chief Executive 
Rod Applegate

Executive Director, Fisheries
Ian Curnow

Executive Director, Northern Territory Geological Survey
Ian Scrimgeour

Executive Director, Mines
Armando Padovan

Executive Director, Energy

Executive Director, Onshore Gas Development
James Pratt

Executive Director, Biosecurity and Animal Welfare
Sarah Corcoran

Executive Director, Agriculture
Phil Hausler

Executive Director, Corporate Services and Governance
Karen Elligett

Our divisions

The department operates across seven functional divisions which include Corporate Services and Governance, Mines, Energy, NT Geological Survey (NTGS), Biosecurity and Animal Welfare, Fisheries, and Agriculture.

More about Corporate Services and Governance

The Corporate Services and Governance Division supports the operational performance of the department by providing specialist services in the areas of human resources, finance, information technology, policy, workplace health and safety, emergency management, infrastructure, risk, governance and business and executive support.

More about Mines Division

The Mines Division manage and govern mining operations, mineral titles and the rehabilitation of legacy mines throughout the NT.

More about Energy Division

The Energy Division manages and governs energy operations, policy and titles within the NT. This division also administrates onshore gas development, regulatory reform and policy development.

More about the NT Geological Survey Division

NTGS is the custodian of knowledge and data on the Territory’s geology and resources, and undertakes programs to support and facilitate the growth and effectiveness of the minerals and petroleum exploration industry, and increase the Territory’s competitiveness in attracting exploration investment.

NTGS is responsible for implementing government’s, $26 million Resourcing the Territory initiative (2018-2022).
NTGS consists of:

  • regional geoscience
  • geoscience information
  • project facilitation and development
  • investment attraction.

More about Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Division

The Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Division participates in the national biosecurity framework to underpin and enhances Australia’s and NT’s market access for agricultural product and supports sustainable economic development within the NT by excluding, eradicating and effectively managing risks to the economy, environment and human health.

Effective chemical management and investigation of residues to protect human health and enhance market access.

The program meets community expectations by working with industry, government and communities to ensure best practise animal welfare standards are adhered to within the NT.
Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Division consists of:

  • National Biosecurity Committee
  • animal biosecurity
  • plant biosecurity
  • chemical regulation
  • animal welfare.

More about Fisheries Division

Fisheries Division facilitate the development of an ecologically sustainable aquaculture industry and manage the optimum sustainable utilisation of aquatic resources.

Services include:

  • facilitating the sustainable commercial catch, sale and processing of fish and aquatic life through license allocation
  • encouraging industry development
  • supporting the recreational fishing industries
  • preventing the introduction of aquatic pests into the Territory
  • contributing to the research needs for each Territory fishery
  • working in partnership to address the needs of the aquaculture industry
  • operation of the commercial barramundi hatchery / nursery business
  • assisting Indigenous communities with fishing issues
  • providing education resources for schools and delivering community education.

More about Agriculture Division

The Agriculture Division works in partnership with producers, industry bodies, community groups and related agencies to develop pastoral, agricultural and horticultural sectors.

Services include:

  • supporting the development of the Territory beef cattle industry
  • providing inspection, treatment and certification services for animals and animal products.
  • delivering animal and plant health services.
  • providing a veterinary laboratory service for livestock health, production and export.
  • supplying testing services for water quality programs.
  • supporting development of mixed farming in the Territory.
  • supporting development of the Territory's buffalo, camel and other livestock industries.
  • promoting timber production in the Top End.
  • delivering research and extension programs through the:
    • Arid Zone Research Institute (Alice Springs);
    • Berrimah Farm (Darwin);Beatrice Hill Research Farm;
    • Coastal Plains Horticulture Research Farm;
    • Douglas Daly Research Farm;
    • Katherine Research Station;
    • Tennant Creek Office;
    • Ti Tree Research Farm; and
    • Victoria River Research Station.
  • supporting horticultural industry development
  • providing chemical and plant analysis.

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 for more information.

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

Visit the Northern Territory Government Jobs website to view current vacancies.

Learning and development opportunities

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 and individual 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 must acknowledge the support of the NT 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 NT Government logo must be prominently featured on all promotional material associated with the grant or sponsorship arrangement or the phase ‘Proudly Supported by the NT Government’ should be used.

Where to download logos

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


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


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 NT 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 NT Government must be acknowledged in the release.

Last updated: 01 February 2019