Our policies

Policies are internal documents used by staff in the day-to-day operations of the department. Many policies are deemed suitable for public release and those policies have been listed below.

The policies listed on this page are those policies which have been newly created for NSW Department of Industry or which have been updated from former agencies' policies to apply across NSW Department of Industry. The list will be expanded as policies are created or updated.

Regulation and enforcement policies

The department's regulatory agencies each have a Compliance and Enforcement Policy which details how they approach regulation to meet their legislative responsibilities. Read more about our regulation and enforcement policies.

IND-I-177 Records Management Policy The NSW Department of Industry is committed to ensuring that full and accurate records of its business activities and decisions are created and managed to support the business and to comply with legislative requirements. Administration
Government Information (Public Access) Members of the public have a right to access Government information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). This policy applies to the NSW Department of Industry and its information
Governance, risk & public access
IND-I-181 Cabinet Processes policy  This policy provides guidance to ensure that Industry Cluster Cabinet Submissions and comments adhere to cluster, ministerial and Department of Premier and Cabinet requirements. Information & Communications
IND-I-196 Classified Information policy The NSW Department of Industry is committed to ensuring that all government sensitive information assets are identified and where needed, classified, labelled, handled and appropriately protected to comply with whole of NSW Government requirements. Information & Communications
IND-I-197 Information Security policy This policy describes the department's approach to managing the security of information as it pertains to business systems and ICT services.             Information & Communications
IND-I-200 Internal reporting - Public Interest Disclosures Establishes the reporting procedures for staff to make public interest disclosures in accordance with the requirements of the Public Interest Disclosures Act.  People
IND-O-175 Fisheries Resource Sharing in NSW The policy encompasses a participatory process to deliver factual advice to Government on sharing the State's sustainably exploitable fisheries resources between the various commercial, recreational, charter and Aboriginal cultural fishing sectors. Guiding Principles that will underpin decisions on how best to share fisheries resources between these user groups and criteria to evaluate sharing options are also outlined in the Policy. Administration
IND-O-179 Delegations of Authority Policy for Crown Lands Delegations provide formal authority for officers to carry out functions under the Crown Lands Act 1989 and other relevant legislation on behalf of the Minister. Administration
IND-O-180 Guidelines for the Preparation and Implementation of Wild Dog Management Plans in NSW The policy applies to public and private land managers, wild dog control groups and individuals in NSW that are involved in the preparation and implementation of wild dog management plans for lands listed under Schedule 2 of the Local Land Services (Wild Dogs) Pest Control Order 2015 and for other lands (Schedule 1) as required. Operational
IND-O-182 Direct negotiations policy for the sale of Crown land The circumstances that warrant entering into Direct Negotiations for the sale or leasing of Crown land are set out in this policy. This policy also establishes the framework that delegated decision makers must follow when considering applications and/or proposals that seek to secure Crown land by Direct Negotiation. Administration
IND-O-198Emergency management - Disaster assessment and declaration Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area is required under the State Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN) to provide agricultural damage assessments and reports as a result of natural disasters in NSW.Operational
IND-O-199Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) Obligations Policy The State of New South Wales, as a signatory to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) is legally obligated to give formal notification to the Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer (ACPPO) within 24 hours of becoming aware of a plant pest or disease biosecurity incident.Operational
Emergency management - DPI/LLS alliance Provision of biosecurity, agriculture and animal emergency management involves an alliance between Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services (the Alliance).
Emergency management - Finance arrangements Provision of biosecurity, agriculture and animal emergency management activities is contingent on financial arrangements for expending, reporting and recouping funds. Eligible disaster expenditure incurred under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements and NSW Disaster Assistance Guidelines is recoverable pending compliance to State and Commonwealth agreements.
Emergency management - Recruiting personnel Provision of biosecurity, agriculture and animal emergency management activities is contingent on recruiting sufficient personnel.
Emergency management - Working arrangements Provision of safe and effective biosecurity, agriculture and animal emergency management activities is contingent on consistent working arrangements including timesheets, travel expenses, leave, rostering, shifts and working ho
IND-O-205Managing biosecurity and natural disaster emergencies Managing animal and plant biosecurity and natural disaster emergencies is a whole of department responsibility involving state, regional and local plans supported by policies and procedures that deliver safe and resilient communities.Operational
IND-O-206 Laboratory Quality Management System Policy Fee for service laboratory testing in DPI and laboratory research activities in DPI Biosecurity & Food Safety, DPI Agriculture and DPI Fisheries will be performed within an internationally recognised quality management system (QMS), certified or accredited by third party assessment.  Fee for service laboratory - NATA ISO 17025 accreditation. Laboratory research - ISO 9001 certification. Operational
IND-O-211Annual Disbursement of Funds to Local Land Services to Support Wild Dog Management Policy describes how an annual disbursement of wild dog management funds from the NSW Department of Primary Industries to the Local Land Services will be managed.Operations and Industry
IND-P-183 Conflicts of interests policy This policy contributes to creating a workplace culture that encourages and supports staff to identify and declare conflicts of interests so that they can be managed in an open and transparent way.People, Ethics and Conduct
IND-P-184 Code of Conduct This Code of Conduct provides you with an ethical framework for your decisions, actions and behaviour as an employee of the NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development. It outlines the principles for appropriate conduct and explains the standard of behaviour expected.
People, Ethics and Conduct
IND-P-185 Work health and safety policy The department is committed to providing a safe workplace for all workers. This policy sets out how the department will fulfil this commitment.People, Ethics and Conduct
IND-P-188 Fraud and corruption prevention policy This policy applies to all divisions, offices, agencies and authorities of the Department. It applies to all ongoing staff, temporary/seconded employees, volunteers, board and committee members, clients and stakeholders. Any external party, e.g. contractors, consultants, outsourced service providers, suppliers and volunteers, involved in providing services to the Department, with or without re-imbursement, are subject to this policy.People, Ethics and Conduct
IND-P-194Private or Secondary Employment policy This policy applies to all full-time, ongoing and temporary staff and in certain circumstances part-time and casual staff of the department. It does not apply to contingent workers.People, Ethics and Conduct
TI-A-169 Procurement Policy This policy provides clear guidance to staff on their procurement responsibilities to ensure that when procuring goods and services the department achieves value for money and has robust processes to avoid corruption. Administration
TI-A-160 Travel Policy NSW Department of Industry will provide reasonable and economical travel arrangements for staff who travel overseas or domestically on official departmental business. Staff will ensure they meet their obligation to be efficient, economical and ethical in their use and management of public resources when undertaking travel. Administration
TI-O-170 Emergency Management – Catering and meals This policy applies to the supply and management of meals during emergency operations. Operational
TI-O-169 Emergency Management – Accommodation This policy applies to the allocation and management of accommodation during emergency operations. NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) (a division of NSW Department of Industry) participates in emergency operations in accordance with the NSW State Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN). Operational
TI-O-173 Locust response - Insecticides In NSW a number of insecticides and biological control options exist for the control of locusts. NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) use a range of insecticides registered for the control of locusts. Operational
TI-O-172 Locust response - Management NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Local Land Services (LLS) and the Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) support and coordinate monitoring and management of locust populations to reduce impacts caused by locusts. Operational
TI-O-171 Locust response - Control In NSW, there are three declared pest insects under the Local Land Services Act 2013 which require control. Locust control in NSW is the responsibility of the land manager. Operational
TI-O-112 Hendra virus Policy This policy is to minimise the human health risk, animal welfare, economic and trade impacts associated with Hendra virus. Operational
TI-O-166 Marine Parks Mooring and Anchoring Policy The Department provides public moorings primarily to protect environmental values in marine parks, as well as to provide ongoing access to key locations within no anchoring areas or sanctuary zones. The Department may also provide moorings for specific uses to an individual, group, business, cooperative or consortium through a leasing arrangement. Operational
TI-O-165 Marine Parks Permits Policy This policy is to ensure that the regulation of activities in marine parks through the permit process is fair, consistent and clear to all those involved. It aims to ensure that the regulation of activities in marine parks is consistent with the purposes of marine parks as described in the Marine Estate Management Act 2014 (the Act). Operational
TI-O-164 Aboriginal Engagement and Cultural Use of Fisheries Resources in NSW Marine Parks This policy aims to encourage the involvement of Aboriginal people in the planning and management of NSW marine parks and to support and provide for the cultural use of fisheries resources in NSW marine parks. Operational
TI-O-163 Artificial reefs and fish attracting devices in NSW Marine Parks Artificial reefs range widely in design but generally aim to achieve one or more of the following objectives: improving fishing or diving opportunities by providing a structure on and around which plants and animals can aggregate; improving surfing by changing wave patterns; protecting the coastline from storm surge and erosion by altering coastal processes such as sediment transport. Operational
TI-O-167 Zoonotic disease investigations and field operations - Health and safety precautions This policy is to assist staff to manage potential zoonotic diseases risks when conducting field operations including disease investigations. Download PDF Operational
TI-O-168 Investigating Suspect Emergency Animal Diseases The draft AUSVETPLAN Control Centre Manual, states that an Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) response has four phases: (1) investigation and alert, (2) operational, (3) proof of freedom and (4) stand-down. The investigation and alert phase is the period when information is collected to exclude or confirm the existence of an EAD. The suspicion of a potential EAD is communicated to the relevant people. This policy applies to the investigation and alert phase. Download PDF Operational
TI-O-155 Appointment of Officers under S43(5) of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 This policy outlines the necessary criteria for the Secretary, Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (DTIRIS) to appoint suitably qualified persons to give a certificate in relation to the identification of cannabis plant under section 43(5) of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (the Act) for the purposes of section 43 of the Act. People
TI-A-135 Enterprise Risk Management policy This policy specifies NSW Trade & Investment's (the department) framework and approach to managing enterprise risk, including how this approach will be integrated with the department's business and embedded within planning processes, decision making structures and operational procedures. Operational
TI-O-130 Debt management: commercial fisheries quota transfer restrictions policy This policy provides guidance in whether to refuse or approve applications to transfer commercial fishery quota in circumstances where there is overdue debt payable to the department by the holder of quota. Operational
TI-O-120 Ban on use of BTEX compounds in CSG activities policy To formalise the NSW Government's existing policy banning the use of BTEX compounds in hydraulic fracturing additives. Operational
TI-O-119 Recreational Fishing Fee Agent – Debt Recovery policy This policy aims to ensure the efficient and consistent administration of debt recovery actions specific to NSW recreational fishing fee agents. Operational
TI-O-110 Non-indigenous animals regulatory activity policy This policy is to guide technical and compliance staff to ensure consistent regulatory action in relation to non-compliance with the Non-Indigenous Animals Act ("the Act ") or Regulation, or in relation to non-compliance with licence or permit conditions by holders of licences or permits under the Act. Operational
TI-O-129 Inspector's entry and workplace inspection policy This is a new policy, developed due to to the implementation of the new Work Health & Safety Act on 1 January 2012. It provides information for Inspectors undertaking workplace inspections. Operational
TI-A-122 Gifts and benefits policy This policy states the department's requirements regarding the management of gifts and benefits, which protects staff and their reputation and minimises potential negative consequences for staff and the department. People
TI-A-137 Media policy This policy sets protocols for dealing with the media and responding to media enquiries. Download PDF Governance, risk & communications
TI-A-134 Complaints handling policy This policy provides a framework for staff of NSW Trade & Investment (the department) who receive and/or address complaints from external clients. People
TI-A-124 Social media policy This policy provides standards for staff managing public facing social media channels. Download PDF Governance, risk & communications
TI-O-116 Review of certificate of competence assessment outcomes policy This policy identifies the options available to candidates seeking a review of assessment outcomes related to examinations for certificates of competence under the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act 2002 and the Mine Health and Safety Act 2004. Operational
TI-O-117 Applications for certificates of competence policy This policy has been developed to ensure a fair, timely and efficient process for the submission and processing of applications for certificates of competence in the mining industry. Operational
TI-A-125 Employee housing policy This policy outlines the Department's obligations in providing housing for employees required to live on site at various locations and to accommodate other employees as required. People
TI-O-113 Emergency Management – Use of Aviation policy This policy outlines the use of aviation for emergency management in NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and not for general business. NSW DPI is now an agency under the NSW Rural Fire Service Expression of Interest for aviation resources including provision of aircraft, air personnel and fuel. Operational
TI-G-144 Publishing Policy The policy applies to all staff that lead or contribute to the production of public facing, departmental, published material. Information and Communication
TI-O-114 Oil and chemical spill wildlife response - notification and command structure policy The purpose of this policy is to outline the notification sequence for marine and inland waters oil/chemical incidents that require a response for the rescue and rehabilitation of affected wildlife. Operational
TI-O-115 Oil and chemical spill wildlife response - cost recovery policy This policy is based on the NSW Maritime cost recovery guidelines and describes when and how agencies, involved in a wildlife response as a result of the spill, can recover the costs incurred. Operational
TI-O-139 Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza (H7N7) Maitland- control and eradication This policy outlines how Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI) H7N7 will be eradicated in the 2012 outbreak at Maitland. Operational
TI-A-138 Domain names for web-based solutions Outlines the requirements for establishing domain names for websites and all web-based solutions for the Trade and Investment cluster. Governance, risk & communications
TI-G-136 Sponsorship policy This policy establishes a framework for sponsorship activities and applies to the department both providing and receiving sponsorship. Governance, risk & communications
TI-O-145 Large feline sightings response This policy outlines how DPI and related organisations will respond to reported sightings of large felines. Operational
TI-G-147 Standing order 52 - responses NSW Trade & Investment will respond to orders for the production of documents under the Legislative Council's Standing Order 52 within the specified timeframes and scope of the order. Administration
TI-O-146 Fisheries non-statutory working groups: Establishment and governance This policy is designed to ensure that fisheries working groups are established and operated in a consistent, efficient and effective manner in line with best practice governance arrangements. Governance, risk & communications
TI-O-148 Australian Bat Lyssavirus The purpose of this policy is to inform staff of NSW Trade & Investment and the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPAs) of the way investigations of ABLV infection are to be managed to reduce the risk of human or terrestrial animal infection. Operational
TI-O-144 Cysticercus bovis risk management in cattle The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) allows a risk based approach to improve the effectiveness of detecting Cysticercus bovis (CB) through post mortem inspection at abattoirs. Operational
TI-G-155 Privacy Management Plan The plan provides guidance on PPIP Act obligations. You are encouraged to contact the Governance & Information Access Unit for assistance regarding specific issues arising under the PPIP Act. Operational
TI-O-136 Developing fisheries policy From time to time individuals and groups express an interest in exploring opportunities to harvest fisheries resources they perceive to be under-utilised in NSW waters, or using unique fishing methods. Situations also occur where Fisheries NSW identifies opportunities to develop additional fisheries to those that are currently approved through the Fisheries Management Strategy process. This policy guides how applications for developmental opportunities are evaluated and explored. Governance, risk & communications
TI-P-157 Workplace bullying policy NSW Trade & Investment (the department) is committed to providing a safe workplace for all workers that is free from bullying. This policy sets out how the department will fulfil this commitment. This policy should be read in conjunction with the department's Code of conduct. People
TI-P-145 Hospitality and entertainment policy This policy relates to situations in which staff provide official hospitality and/or entertainment to clients and others external to the department. In situations where staff participate in hospitality and/or entertainment provided to a client, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) recognises this staff benefit as a liability for Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT). People
TI-O-150 Management of fruit flies in New South Wales This policy outlines the roles and responsibilities for growers, packers, local councils, industry groups, state governments and the federal government in NSW. Operational
TI-G-148 Copyright policy This policy sets out responsibilities of staff in dealing with copyright material. It includes measures to encourage broad use of the department's information, while maintaining protection of the department's rights where necessary.  Governance, risk and communications