Environmental performance reporting

Sustainability Report 2005-2006

Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007

Our organisation

The Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) comprises 12 divisions, including three with significant field operations: the Supervising Scientist Division, the Australian Government Antarctic Division and Parks Australia.

Core business for the department is advising the Australian Government on protecting and conserving natural and cultural environments. We manage and deliver a wide range of environmental and heritage programmes, including flagship programmes such as the Natural Heritage Trust, as well as administering key environmental laws, such as the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. DEH includes the Australian Greenhouse Office, responsible for the delivery of Australia’s national strategy on climate change.

Our three field divisions also have hands-on environmental management responsibilities.

The Supervising Scientist Division (SSD) provides environmental research and oversight of uranium mining sites in the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory. The SSD head office is in Darwin.

The Australian Government Antarctic Division has its head office in Hobart. It is responsible for the administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory, as well as the sub-Antarctic islands-Macquarie, Heard and Macdonald.

The Director of National Parks, supported by Parks Australia staff, manages a network of seven terrestrial parks and reserves, as well as 13 Marine Protected Areas. Parks Australia staff are spread between Head Office in Canberra and at field sites in the states and territories (including the external territories of Norfolk, Christmas and Cocos-Keeling Islands).

Further details about the department can be found in the 2005-06 Annual Report and at www.environment.gov.au/about