DEPI offers a wide variety of services designed to assist, sustain and protect Victorian primary industries and our natural resources.
Our aim is to assist industry to respond to ongoing issues and trends by providing services that meet needs in a sustainable manner.
Science and research services include diagnostic and other fee-for-service, commercial contract services, and commercialisation of research as well as production of information notes.
Innovation in science and practice is a major focus of our work. Most of this work is done by areas of the department's Agriculture Research and Development Group, primarily through our:
- Science Technology and Commercialisation
- Biosciences Research
The vision for Biosciences Research is to underpin – through leading science and strong science capacity – innovation in biosciences and bioprotection essential to the prosperity and well-being of Victoria's primary industries, ensuring high impact and relevance, and leading to significant industry and societal benefits. Our work improves the performance of primary industries through the development and application of new technologies and practices.
Biosciences Research comprises eleven discipline groups that focus on four areas.
- Animal Biosciences
- Plant Biosciences
- Research and Development underpinning Biosecurity outcomes
- Enhancing Bio-protection of Victorian Production Systems
Our staff are located at sites in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne, including Attwood, Bendigo, Bundoora, Frankston, Hamilton, Horsham, Irymple, Knoxfield, Rutherglen, Tatura, and Werribee.
DEPI takes a pro-active approach to the maintenance and building of Victoria's scientific capability and is committed to the provision of high quality, innovative science and technology to create robust primary industries that generate strong economic activity throughout the State.
Biosciences Research Centre
In 2012 we established a new Centre for AgriBioscience (AgriBio). This is a joint initiative of the Government of Victoria, through DEPI, and La Trobe University, and is a world-class centre for agricultural biosciences research. The centre accommodates up to 400 staff, including scientists, students and support staff.