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Environment Australia, 2002
The Environment and Heritage portfolio's role is to achieve three major outcomes for the Commonwealth Government.
Outcome One: the environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved.
Organisations involved in achieving this outcome:
Environment Australia advises on and implements policies and programmes for the protection and conservation of the environment. It encourages conservation and appreciation of natural and cultural heritage, and ecologically sustainable management of coastal and marine resources. Environment Australia is also responsible for administering environmental laws including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act which provides regulatory arrangements to ensure the protection and conservation of important national aspects of the environment.
The Supervising Scientist provides independent and informed advice on the protection and management of the Alligator Rivers Region.
The Australian Heritage Commission helps to identify, value and conserve heritage places, advising the Government on national estate matters, compiling an inventory of national estate places throughout Australia with natural and cultural heritage values and encouraging community appreciation and concern for the national estate.
The Director of National Parks promotes the conservation and appreciation of Commonwealth protected areas under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and has assumed, under administrative arrangements, responsibility for the National Reserve System, the Australian Biological Resources Study and Indigenous policy coordination.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is responsible for the care and development of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is the Commonwealth agency responsible for the conservation and preservation of the World Heritage values associated with the Great Barrier Reef.
The Australian Greenhouse Office is the lead Commonwealth agency on greenhouse matters. It coordinates domestic greenhouse policy and delivers greenhouse response programmes.
The Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator oversees the implementation of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000. The provisions of the Act will result in an increase in the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources.
The National Oceans Office develops regional marine plans and is responsible for establishing an integrated planning process for marine waters out to the 200 nautical mile limit of Australia's exclusive economic zone and the extended continental shelf beyond that.
The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust develops plans for six of Sydney's unique harbour sites. The plans will conserve the cultural heritage and protect the environment of these sites while progressively providing public access to them.
Outcome Two: Australia benefits from meteorological and related science and services.
The Bureau of Meteorology is responsible for achieving this outcome.
The Bureau of Meteorology is the national meteorological authority for Australia and is responsible for the provision of meteorological and related hydrological and oceanographic services to the Australian community. The Bureau records meteorological and related observations; forecasts the weather, climate and the state of the atmosphere; issues warnings of gales, storms and other weather conditions likely to endanger life or property; provides advice on meteorological matters; conducts meteorological research and investigations; and supports international cooperation in meteorology and operational hydrology.
Outcome Three: Australia's interests in Antarctica are advanced.
The Australian Antarctic Division is responsible for achieving this outcome. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) maintains an Australian presence at three stations on the Antarctic continent and one on Macquarie Island. The AAD pursues Australia's Antarctic interests through the Antarctic Treaty System, the administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands, the protection of the Antarctic environment and the conduct and coordination of scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The AAD's main research effort is to build up systematic knowledge of the Antarctic and its environment, and to understand the role of this region in the global climate system.