Department of the Environment and Heritage

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Department of the Environment and Heritage
Department overview
Formed 21 October 1998[1]
Preceding Department

Department of the Environment (II)

Department of Communications and the Arts
Dissolved 30 January 2007[1]
Superseding agency Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Ministers responsible Robert Hill, Minister (1998‑2001)
David Kemp, Minister (2001‑04)
Ian Campbell, Minister (2004‑07)
Department executives Roger Beale, Secretary (1998‑2004)
David Borthwick, Secretary (2004‑07)

The Department of the Environment and Heritage was an Australian government department that existed between October 1998 and December 2007.


Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements, in the Department's annual reports and on the Department's website.

At its creation, the Department was responsible for:[2]

  • Environment and conservation
  • Meteorology
  • Administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • Natural and built heritage
  • Greenhouse policy coordination


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage.[1] The Department was headed by a Secretary, initially Roger Beale (until early 2004) and then David Borthwick.[3]


  1. ^ a b c CA 8614: Department of the Environment and Heritage, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 19 December 2013 
  2. ^ Administrative Arrangements, 21 October 1998, National Archives of Australia, 21 October 1998, archived from the original on 27 April 2013 
  3. ^ Howard, John (30 January 2004). "Appointment of Departmental Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 19 January 2014.