Scott Hansen joined NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) as Director General on 17 March 2014.
Before joining the Department he held senior management positions in both the public and private sectors with a defined interest in the areas of agriculture, innovation and productivity.
Immediately prior to joining the Department of Primary Industries, Scott was Managing Director of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) responsible for the overall operations of the business and a $170 million industry-funded budget for research and development and marketing.
He has also served in leadership roles as the Executive Director of Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Executive Director of Victorian Farmers Federation Pastoral Group, and previously worked with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.
After joining the MLA in 2004, he served as General Manager for Industry Affairs and Communication and General Manager Communications and Livestock Exports, which incorporated MLA’s livestock export program for South East Asia and the Middle East.
Scott held an overseas post with MLA, working in Washington in 2009, heading up the Australia’s beef, lamb and goat marketing efforts in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Scott has lived and breathed the agricultural sector his entire personal and professional life.
His passion for agriculture started with his family’s involvement in farming in Innisfail, Northern Queensland, and later in Stanthorpe, South East Queensland.
He graduated with a rural science degree from the University of New England.