Environment Department Archive


Content listed in this archive may have been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Most of the information listed here is on the National Library's online archive, PANDORA and the Australian Government Web Archive.

About this archive

The Environment department archive lists information published by former Australian Government environment departments.


Websites published by former Environment departments are listed here. The information is on the National Library's Australian Government Web Archive.

Our website records

Environment publications and programmes

Documents published by former Environment departments are listed here. The information is on the National Library's Australian Government Web Archive.

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Air quality

Clean Air Research Program


Conservation covenants

Invasive species

Migratory species

Recovery plans

Threat abatement plans

Wildlife corridors

Wildlife trade

The Biodiversity Toolbox for Local Government

Threatened species and ecological communities

Coasts and oceans


Report Series - Commonwealth Coastal Action Program

Australia's oceans policy

The following information was prepared for the Australian Government to facilitate consultation for the development of Australia's Oceans Policy:

The Background and Issues Papers below were commissioned by the Australian Government to assist with consultation on the development of Australia's Oceans Policy.

Australia's Oceans Policy - Background Papers

Australia's Oceans Policy - Issues Papers

Marine bioregional planning

Marine species

Seals and sea lions




Ecologically sustainable development

National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Productivity Commission inquiries

Inquiry into the Implementation of Ecologically Sustainable Development by Commonwealth Departments and Agencies:

Inquiry into Ecologically Sustainable Land Management:

Headline Sustainability Indicators


Books and reports

National research program reports

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development


Significant impact guidelines

EPBC Act policy statements

Bilateral Agreements

Fact sheets

Independent review

Environmental Economics Research Papers

Environmental Economics Seminar Series

Environmental Resources Information Network (ERIN)

Fuel quality

Setting national fuel quality standards

Reducing pollution from motor vehicles

Diesel/Biodiesel publications

Ethanol publications


Clean fuels bulletin




Human settlements

International activities


Australian Vegetation Information

Grassland conservation and management

Monitoring biodiversity condition

The June 2006 special issue of Ecological Management and Restoration  contains 21 articles on vegetation condition mapping and assessment. This issue was produced following a CSIRO workshop on this issue in August 2005, part-sponsored by the Department of Environment and Heritage.

The following reports were produced by Environment Australia and the first National Land and Water Resources Audit (1997-2002) project as part of the Audit's Theme 3: National Vegetation Information System.


State of the Environment reporting

State of the Environment 1996


ICT Sustainability in Government Operations

Offices and buldings


Waste and recycling


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Information about water programs formerly managed by the environment portfolio, is available in the National Library's Australian Government Web Archive:

A list of documents published by the environment portfolio is available below. Documents are available in the National Library's Australian Government Web Archive

Government action

Murray-Darling Basin

National Water Commission

Publications produced under the former National Water Commission are available in the National Library's Australian Government Web archive.

Water for the environment

Environmental water management

Aquatic ecosystems



Rivers and basins

Water for agriculture

Water for cities and homes

Green Precincts Fund

Water markets

Water quality

National Water Quality Management Strategy

These guidelines have been endorsed and released by the Environment Protection Heritage Council (EPHC), the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). These guidelines are not mandatory and provide guidance on water quality management.

Policies and process for water quality management
Water quality benchmarks
Groundwater management
Diffuse and point sources
Guidelines for Sewerage Systems
Effluent Management
Water recycling

Other water quality publications and reports

Water Education Resources

Commonwealth Environmental Water Office

Annual plans - Commonwealth environmental water use options

Annual reports

Business plans


Monitoring reports

Outcomes reports

International Year of Freshwater - 2003

Newsletters, magazines and bulletins