Strategic Plan 2018-2022

Message from the Chief Executive

Plant and animal products; energy and mineral resources; safeguarding our product integrity; these are all central to the Northern Territory’s history and critical for our future prosperity. The Territory has the natural advantage of a clean, safe image and proximity to important markets, and we need to make the most of that.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources plays an integral, enabling role through the development and regulation of our industries, which are significant to our economy and to advancing our regions. Our roles are diverse, with industries ranging from mining and pastoral to horticulture and commercial fishing. Our department is also working to develop and protect our iconic reputation as a great place for recreational fishing.

In setting our future direction, I am pleased to present the Department of Primary Industry and Resources 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. This plan outlines our vision and five major goals, along with strategic actions and outcomes to guide our work. In order to deliver outcomes that align with our strategic direction we need to target our efforts in the right places. Strategic actions have been developed to recognise critical priorities and actions that are adaptable to future changes.

Recognising our people are our greatest strength is a key goal of this plan. This department has a strong foundation of working professionally and collaboratively with industry, across government and with Aboriginal Territorians to achieve respect, trusting relationships and common goals. A commitment to stakeholder engagement is key to our future success.

This strategic plan encapsulates diversity; in the work we do, the research we undertake, the industries we support and in our workforce. We recognise diversity and the positive benefits it brings, such as wider perspectives, informed decision- making and innovation.

Rapid advancements in technology and how they affect our industries and our ability to improve the understanding of our resource potential is significant to our future direction. Recognising the need to ensure our systems and capabilities are equipped to meet requirements of a globally connected society now and in the future has made this a crucial goal of this plan.

We have exciting times ahead and the clarity, direction and focus of this plan will help the department achieve its goals and deliver the vision that shows the Northern Territory’s primary industries and resources help drive economic growth.

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