Agency VA 3744
Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals
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Date Range: 1995 - 1996
 
Description of this AgencyDescription of this Agency
The Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals was established on 1 February 1995 by amendment to Schedule One of the Public Sector Management Act 1992. The amendment removed the Department of Energy and Minerals (VA 3035) from Schedule One and replaced it with the Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals. The change was published in the Government Gazette Special No. 11 (S11) on 1 February 1995. The new Department was assigned all Acts from the Department of Energy and Minerals (VA 3035) and the Department of Agriculture (VA 2649), under Administrative Arrangements Order No. 143 (Victorian Government Gazette No. S 11, 1 February 1995).

The Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals assumed responsibility for all functions from the former Department of Energy and Minerals (VA 3035) and the Department of Agriculture (VA 2649). The Department reported to the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Energy and Minerals.

Structure and functions of Department

Agriculture Victoria
Agriculture Victoria was responsible for all agriculture-related functions in Victoria, including provision of guidelines and standards relating to agriculture; veterinary services; animal welfare; quarantine and animal and plant inspection; development of sustainable agriculture; and development of policies relating to agriculture and rural affairs in Victoria. Agriculture Victoria was divided into five Regions to allow co-ordination of integrated agricultural services and to facilitate research, enquiries and regulatory activities within that Region.

Energy and Minerals Victoria
Energy and Minerals Victoria was responsible for the development of Victoria's energy and minerals markets through exploration, administration and regulation. The Energy Policy Division was responsible for the development of policies which assisted the restructuring and privatisation of public sector utilities (such as the Gas and Fuel Corporation; VA 1040, and the State Electricity Commission; VA 1002) which commenced in 1993. The Resources Development Division was responsible for the regulation and development of Victoria's mineral, petroleum and other earth resources. It was responsible for the administration of the Mineral Resources Development Act 1990.

Following significant machinery of government changes after the re-election of the Kennett Government in April 1996, the Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals was abolished under amendment of Schedule One of the Public Sector Management Act 1992. This amendment was published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. S 33, 3 April 1996. Most functions were transferred to the new Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (VA 3972) by Administrative Arrangements Order No.150 (Victorian Government Gazette No. S 33, 3 April 1996). Acts relating to the privatisation of the energy industry were assigned to the Treasurer (VRG 23); other Acts relating to energy were assigned to the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology (VRG 124) and were administered through the Department of State Development (VA 3973). These Acts were transferred by Administrative Arrangements Order No. 150 (Victorian Government Gazette No. S 33).
 
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1939 - 1999 Index to Surveys in Alpha-numerical Order by Name of Survey (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16209 North Melbourne Open
1950 - cont Petroleum Exploration Geophysical Surveys, Alpha-Numeric Order by Survey Name (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 15984 North Melbourne Open
1965 - 1999 Index to Reports by Geographical Areas or by Content (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16272 North Melbourne Open
1983 - cont Seismic Survey Technical Back-up Data VPRS 4551 North Melbourne Part Open
1985 - 1996 General Correspondence Files (RMS System) VPRS 9603 North Melbourne Open
By 1965 - ? 1997 Index to Production Wells, Fields and Leases (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16273 North Melbourne Open
By 1965 - ? 1999 Index to Petroleum Wells (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16178 North Melbourne Open
By 1965 - ? 1999 Index to Reports Related to Wells: Core Analysis, Geochemical and Hydrocarbon (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16274 North Melbourne Open
By 1970 - ? 1999 Index to Cores and Cuttings in Alphabetical Order by Well Name (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16210 North Melbourne Open
Circa 1967 - cont Seismic Survey Tapes VPRS 4550 North Melbourne Closed
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1995 - 1996 Rural affairs VF 321
1995 - 1996 Agriculture VF 245
1995 - 1996 Animal protection VF 111
1995 - 1996 Fuel prices regulation VF 261
1995 - 1996 Mining and extractive industries VF 151
1995 - 1996 Petroleum industry VF 152
1995 - 1996 Geological survey VF 24
1996 - 1996 Veterinary services VF 110
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1995 - 1996 Geological Survey of Victoria VA 4118
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1995 - 1996 Agriculture VRG 34
1995 - 1996 Energy and Minerals VRG 102