Department of Primary Industries

  • Temporary full-time opportunity until 30th June 2025
  • Queanbeyan, Coffs Harbour, Armidale and Dubbo locations considered
  • Offering an attractive salary ranging from $66,298 through to $127,332 + super 

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services.

We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role. 


About Us

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) supports the development of profitable primary industries that create a more prosperous NSW and contributes to a better environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.

Within NSW DPI, Agriculture (DPI Ag) leads agricultural industry development through extension, science and research, industry policy and regulatory compliance functions to foster sustainable and economic agricultural industries; and provides access to financial loans and grants through the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA).

The NSW Government has committed $48 million for an expansion of the Farms of the Future program. The Farms of the Future program will deliver on-farm connectivity and encourage farmers to adopt ag tech to boost productivity and improve resource management, including water efficiency and drought preparedness across 11 target local government areas (LGAs) in NSW.

The program is part of the Future Ready Regions strategy, that lays out the government’s plans to support and work with regional communities, farmers and industries, enabling them to become more self-reliant and better prepared for the impacts of future drought events and other economic shocks.

The Farms of the Future program is being delivered by the Department of Regional NSW in partnership with Primary Industries, who are leading the implementation of the program through to mid-2025, with the program team being a leading group within the DPI Agriculture Climate group.


Working as the new Project Officer Farms of the Future you will: 

  • Provide a range of project management and support services including preparation of reports and briefs, coordinating resources, maintaining project documentation and implementing and monitoring project plans, to ensure project outcomes are achieved on time, on budget, to quality standards and within agreed scope, in line with established agency project management methodology
  • Prepare and maintain project documentation for reporting, monitoring and evaluation purposes to ensure accessibility of quality information and contribute to the achievement of project outcomes, and support effective decision making
  • Identify and interpret relevant statutory provisions and prepare clear procedures for staff to provide clarity in the performance of their role
  • Undertake the evaluation of operational policy and procedures to assess appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency, and to determine the need for corrective action and review
  • Undertake research, evaluation and analysis to identify emerging issues and prepare recommendations to resolve policy or process issues and inform program activities
  • Communicate with key stakeholders and coordinate working groups, committees and consultations to facilitate exchange of information to support policy and legislative requirements for the delivery of divisional activities


What you need to be successful as Project Officer Farms of the Future:

  • Tertiary qualifications in agriculture, science or business and/or equivalent experience
  • Experience in managing multi stream projects to strict timelines and large project governance and reporting
  • Experience with working with government agencies and systems is desirable.
  • Experience and understanding of key NSW agricultural industry sectors and farming challenges
  • Current NSW Driver License and the ability and willingness to travel.


Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)?


Exciting career pathways and opportunities

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW government.



Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people.


Our people: 

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including – public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story.

Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Scott McKinnon on Scott.McKinnon@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

You can view the full role description here.

Farms of the Future overview | DPI Climate Branch


Applications close on Sunday, 14th November 2021 @ 11.55pm

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months.


Please note that NSW Government expects all NSW government sector employees who can be safely vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.