Department of the Environment and Water Resources

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Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Department overview
Formed 30 January 2007[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 3 December 2007[1]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Minister responsible
Department executive

The Department of the Environment and Water Resources was an Australian government department that existed between January 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:[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
  • Greenhouse policy coordination
  • Environmental research
  • Water policy and resources


The department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull.[1] The secretary of the department was David Borthwick.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e CA 9160: Department of the Environment and Water Resources, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 19 December 2013