about us

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

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 more than half of the state’s merchandise exports. Primary industries and agribusiness directly generated $15.8 billion in revenue in 2016–17, which includes final sales from all primary production and associated processing. If the value of food retail sales is included, this adds up to approximately $22.5 billion in revenue.

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.

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.
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