Services provided by Biosecurity SA include animal health (disease surveillance and control), plant health (keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of the state), weed and pest animal control (natural resource management biosecurity), aquatic pest management, primary industry, food safety, rural chemical operations and emergency management.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is a key economic development agency in the government of South Australia, with responsibility for the prosperity of the state’s primary industries and regions.
This mission is reflected in South Australia’s Strategic Plan targets to grow the contribution made by the South Australian food industry to $20 billion by 2020 and increase regional populations outside greater Adelaide to 320,000 or more by 2020.
South Australia’s agriculture, food, wine and forestry industries are a vital part of the state’s economy, our largest export sector and a major employer. In 2016–17, they generated about $22.5 billion in revenue and accounted for 57% of the state’s merchandise exports.
The rapidly increasing global demand for high quality food and wine, combined with South Australia’s strong reputation for food safety, biosecurity and product integrity, creates significant opportunities for the state.
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. Although our regions make up only 29% of the state's population, in 2013–14 regional industries generated revenue of about $25.5 billion and produced about half of the state’s merchandise exports.