Director General’s report
The importance of the work DPIRD does to protect, grow and innovate our primary industries and regions was again on show during 2020/21.
The continuing global COVID-19 pandemic, as well a range of pest and disease incursions, natural disasters and trade issues threatened our industries and regional communities, but we were ready to provide effective support and solutions through collaboration with industry, government, experts and the community.
We stepped up again and again to ensure the resilience and success of businesses, whether by facilitating trade through ongoing border closures, addressing regional workforce shortages, eradicating Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) from WA, or assisting industry and communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Seroja.
Despite these challenges, we remained focused on providing stability and certainty to our primary industries and regions.
We launched our Primary Industries Plan to set clear direction and achievable targets for WA’s primary industries to grow and thrive and create jobs.
We also ramped up our efforts in the climate resilience space, developing a framework and taskforce to help regional communities realise the opportunities of a low carbon economy, while assisting WA’s agricultural and fisheries sectors to mitigate and adapt to climate change.