On 12 February 2004, under Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 1) 2004 and Public Service Departmental Arrangements Notice (No.1) 2004, the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries was established when the former Department of Primary Industries was renamed.
Agricultural Chemicals; Animal Welfare;
Commercial Forestry; Control of State Plantation Forests (excluding the land);
Fisheries Resource Management; Food and Fibre Production; Food Processing and Value Adding Development; Forestry Industry Development;
Plant and Animal Diseases; Primary Industry Research, Development and Extension; Private Forestry
Quarry Sales under the Forestry Act 1959
The Department underwent significant reorganisation in May of the same year, following a review of its operations and structure. The Agency of Food and Fibre Sciences was disbanded and replaced by a newly created Delivery Division, responsible for scientific research and the transfer of research results to industry.
An Industry Development Division was created to replace the Policy Analysis and Industry Development Group and to focus research effort towards industry and government priorities. The Fisheries and Forestry Divisions remain largely unchanged and the Animal and Plant Health Service was renamed Biosecurity and incorporated the Fire Ant Control Centre.
The Office of Rural Communities was transferred to the newly created Communities Department and the Office of the Chief Scientist became the Chief Scientific Advisory Officer.
The Queensland Food and Fibre Science and Innovation Council, established prior to the Department changing its name, continued its functions as the Queensland Food, Fibre and Agribusiness Council, holding its first meeting in early 2005.
On 14 May 2004, the Department included the business groups of: Industry Development, Delivery, Biosecurity (formerly Animal and Plant Health Services), Fisheries (Queensland Fisheries Services), and Forestry.
In March 2007, the Department cemented its leadership in Government biosecurity activities through the formation of Biosecurity Queensland. This included the transfer of the environmental biosecurity services formerly provided by the Department of Natural Resources and Water.
In a similar streamlining of government services, the climate change science and policy function was transferred from DPI to the Department of Natural Resources and Water from 1 October 2006.
On 26 March 2009, the Department of Primary Industries was amalgamated with other government departments to form the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.