Agricuture Minister Michelle O'Neill told the assembly she did not want to to see any of her staff forced to move when her department transfers to its new headquarters at Ballykelly, on 24 September 2012.
In reply to a question from Alliance East Belfast MLA Judith Cochrane, Mrs O'Neill said discussions had already begun with trade unions .
The minister said that although she did not expect to see staff forced to move it might not possible to avoid this under all circumstances.
The DUP's Sydney Anderson wanted to know if the minister had considered moving the part of the ministry dealing with fisheries to one of the main fishing ports.
The minister gave some of the reasons for relocating the department's headquarters.
She said that for too long high-value public sector jobs had been concentrated in one area "and that's unfair".
Education Minister John O'Dowd stood in for his Sinn Fein colleague, Caral Ni Chuilin, at Culture questions.
In reply to a question from the UUP's Jo-Anne Dobson on the protection of the Atlantic salmon, Mr O'Dowd said the minister hoped to have legislation in place by 2013.
He said that 75% of respondents to a recent consultation were in favour of mandatory catch-and-release for salmon angling.