Minister for Resources
|Minister for Resources|
since 1 June 2022
|Department of Industry, Science and Resources|
|Appointer||Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia|
|Inaugural holder||Rex Connor|
(as Minister for Minerals and Energy)
|Formation||19 December 1972|
The Minister for Resources is an Australian Government cabinet position which is currently held by Madeleine King following the swearing in of the full Albanese ministry on 1 June 2022.
In the Government of Australia, the ministers administer this portfolio through the Department of Industry, Science and Resources.
Mission and outcomes
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:
- Environment protection and conservation of biodiversity
- Air Quality
- National fuel quality standards
- Land contamination
- Administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands
- Natural, built and movable cultural heritage
- Greenhouse policy coordination
- Environmental research
- Water policy and resources
In the Howard government, the portfolio of Water Resources was assigned to the Environment Department; this was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull. The secretary of the department was David Borthwick.
List of Ministers for Resources
Australia has had ministers who had specific responsibility for matters relating to the development of minerals resources since December 1972, although earlier there were ministers for national development, who had some responsibilities in this area as well.
|Order||Minister||Party||Prime Minister||Title||Term start||Term end||Term in office|
|1||Rex Connor||Labor||Whitlam||Minister for Minerals and Energy||19 December 1972||14 October 1975||2 years, 299 days|
|2||Ken Wriedt||14 October 1975||11 November 1975||28 days|
|3||Doug Anthony||National Country||Fraser||Minister for National Resources||11 November 1975||20 December 1977||7 years, 120 days|
|Minister for Trade and Resources||20 December 1977||16 October 1982|
|National||16 October 1982||11 March 1983|
|4||Peter Walsh||Labor||Hawke||Minister for Resources and Energy||11 March 1983||13 December 1984||1 year, 277 days|
|5||Gareth Evans||13 December 1984||24 July 1987||2 years, 223 days|
|6||Peter Morris||Minister for Resources||24 July 1987||19 January 1988||179 days|
|7||Peter Cook||19 January 1988||4 April 1990||2 years, 75 days|
|8||Alan Griffiths||4 April 1990||20 December 1991||2 years, 354 days|
|Keating||20 December 1991||24 March 1993|
|9||Michael Lee||24 March 1993||24 December 1993||275 days|
|10||David Beddall||24 December 1993||11 March 1996||2 years, 78 days|
|11||Warwick Parer||Liberal||Howard||Minister for Resources and Energy||11 March 1996||21 October 1998||2 years, 224 days|
|12||Nick Minchin||Minister for Industry, Science and Resources||21 October 1998||26 November 2001||3 years, 36 days|
|13||Ian Macfarlane||Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources||26 November 2001||3 December 2007||6 years, 7 days|
|14||Martin Ferguson||Labor||Rudd||Minister for Resources and Energy||3 December 2007||24 June 2010||5 years, 89 days|
|Gillard||24 June 2010||22 March 2013|
|15||Gary Gray||22 March 2013||27 June 2013||180 days|
|Rudd||27 June 2013||18 September 2013|
|16||Josh Frydenberg||Liberal||Turnbull||Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia||21 September 2015||18 February 2016||302 days|
|Minister for Resources and Energy||18 February 2016||19 July 2016|
|17||Matt Canavan||National||Turnbull||Minister for Resources and Northern Australia||19 July 2016||25 July 2017||1 year, 6 days|
|18||Barnaby Joyce||25 July 2017||27 October 2017||94 days|
|(17)||Matt Canavan||27 October 2017||24 August 2018||2 years, 99 days|
|Morrison||24 August 2018||3 February 2020|
|19||Keith Pitt1||Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia||6 February 2020||2 July 2021||2 years, 106 days|
|Minister for Resources and Water||2 July 2021||23 May 2022|
|Scott Morrison1 ||Liberal||Minister for Industry, Science, Energy and Resources||15 April 2021||1 year, 38 days|
|20||Madeleine King||Labor||Albanese||Minister for Resources||1 June 2022||Incumbent||361 days|
- 1 Morrison was appointed as Minister for Industry, Science, Energy and Resources by the Governor-General on Morrison's advice in April 2021, with both Morrison and Pitt holding the position of Minister for Resources until May 2022. However, the appointment of Morrison was not made public until August 2022.
- ^ "Press Conference - Parliament House, Canberra | Prime Minister of Australia". www.pm.gov.au. 23 May 2022. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
- ^ a b c CA 9160: Department of the Environment and Water Resources, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 19 December 2013
- ^ "Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet". www.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 17 August 2022.