Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

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Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Department overview
Formed3 December 2007[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved14 September 2010
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Department executives
Websiteenvironment.gov.au

The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts was an Australian Government department that existed between December 2007 and September 2010.

Scope[edit]

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

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made at the department's establishment, the department dealt with:[1]

  • Environment protection and conservation of biodiversity
  • Air quality
  • National fuel quality standards
  • Land contamination
  • Meteorology
  • Administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory, and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • Natural, built and movable cultural heritage
  • Environmental research
  • Water policy and resources
  • Cultural affairs, including support for the arts
    • There was a domestic Return of Indigenous Cultural Property (RICP) program run by DEWHA, which supported the return of both human remains and secret sacred objects from institutions within Australia. (At some point this functionality was incorporated in the International Repatriation Program (IRP), administered by the Department of Communications and the Arts.)[3][4]
  • Ionospheric prediction
  • Community and household renewable energy programs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b CA 9187: The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 5 December 2013
  2. ^ Rudd, Kevin (24 December 2008). "Appointment of Departmental Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 19 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Aboriginal remains repatriation". Creative Spirits. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Indigenous repatriation". Australian Government. Department of Communications and the Arts. Retrieved 5 May 2019.