Director of National Parks
|Formed||July 17, 2000|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Australia|
|Headquarters||John Gorton Building, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT, Australia|
|Parent department||Department of the Environment and Energy|
|Website||Director of National Parks|
Director of National Parks is a government-owned corporation of the Australian government responsible for the management of a portfolio of terrestrial and marine protected areas proclaimed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The agency is a corporation sole and its work is supported by Parks Australia, a division of the Department of the Environment and Energy.
Legal status and history
The Director of National Parks was established under the EPBC Act as a corporation sole, i.e. the corporation is constituted by the person appointed to the office named the Director of National Parks.:ii
It was established on 17 July 2000 upon the proclamation of the EPBC Act and is a continuation of the office of the Director of National Parks and Wildlife which existed under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975.
The Director of National Parks’ responsibilities under the EPBC Act include:
- Managing Commonwealth reserves and conservation zones
- Protecting biodiversity and heritage in Commonwealth reserves and conservation zones
- Carrying out research relevant to Commonwealth reserves
- Cooperating with other countries to establish and manage national parks and nature reserves in those countries
- Making recommendations to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment.
Portfolio and delegations
The Director of National Parks’ portfolio consists of the following groups of protected areas::ii,iv
- Six Commonwealth national parks
- The Australian National Botanic Gardens
- 58 Australian marine parks and
- One Commonwealth marine reserve.
The management of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Commonwealth Marine Reserve has been delegated by the Director of National Parks to the Australian Antarctic Division, another agency within the Department of the Environment and Energy.
Parks Australia (formerly the Australian Nature Conservation Agency and the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service) is a division of the Department of the Environment and Energy whose task is to support the Director of National Parks in the management of the protected area portfolio.:ii For the financial year 2016-17, Parks Australia had a staffing level averaging at 321 people and consisted for four sections reporting directly to the Director of National Parks and the following three branches – the Joint Management Branch, the Marine Protected Areas Branch and the Parks Island & Biodiversity Science Branch.:6,16
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