Agency VA 3972
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
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Date Range: 1996 - 2002
 
Description of this AgencyDescription of this Agency
Following significant machinery of government changes after the re-election of the Kennett Government in April 1996, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) was established on 3 April 1996 by amendment to Schedule 1 of the Public Sector Management Act 1992.

Under Administrative Arrangements Order No.150, the new Department assumed responsibility for most of the functions of the Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals (VA 3744) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (VA 3097), as well as the Surveyor-General, Valuer-General, and Office of Geographic Data from the Department of Treasury and Finance, Land Titles from the Department of Justice and the Salinity Bureau from the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

At its creation, DNRE reported to the Minister for Agriculture and Resources and the Minister for Conservation and Land management. It was divided into 7 divisions which were responsible for the following functions:

Catchment Management and Sustainable Agriculture
Responsible for the development of policies and programs that ensured sustainable development, protection of Victoria's land and water resources and the control of pest plants and animals.

Forests Service
Responsible for issues associated with the sale of Victoria's timber resources, including investigating new markets and establishment of state-wide price structures for all wood products.

Land Victoria
Collected, maintained and disseminated land-related information for Victoria and had a major role in the management of Crown Land, including registration, survey and valuation of land.

Parks, Flora and Fauna
Responsible for National Parks in Victoria as well as for standards relating to flora and fauna. This included the conservation of native flora and fauna in Victoria.

Minerals and Petroleum
Responsible for the exploration and development of the state's mineral, petroleum and other earth resources.

Primary Industries
Responsible for veterinary and animal welfare services, fisheries, and agriculture.

Water
Responsible for the provision and maintenance of water within Victoria, including water supply and sewerage services and associated infrastructure.

In addition, the Department was also divided into a number of Regional services areas, in order to provide advice and management to rural and regional areas.

In 2002, following the re-election of the Bracks government, DNRE was renamed the Department of Sustainability and Environment under section 10 of the Public Sector Management and Employment Act 1998. A new department, the Department of Primary Industries, was established under Section 11 of the Public Service Management and Employment Act 1998. These changes were both published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. S231 on 5 December 2002. These changes effectively abolished DNRE and split its functions between the two new departments. The Department of Sustainability and Environment (VA 4554) assumed responsibility for functions relating to forestry, heritage, the environment, land and water management, planning, plants and animals and conservation. The Department of Primary Industries (VA 4563) assumed responsibility for primary production and resources.

 
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? 1970 - ? 1999 Index to Tapes and Disks for Wells in Alphabetical Order by Well or Survey Name (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16270 North Melbourne Open
1908 - cont Certified Forest Dedication Plans VPRS 7038 North Melbourne Open
1908 - cont Certified Forest Excision Plans VPRS 7039 North Melbourne Open
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
1954 - 2001 Studies and Management Plans on improving land and water resources, Research Division VPRS 16658 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
1984 - ? 1998 General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System II VPRS 14565 North Melbourne Open
1992 - 1998 Enquiry and Study into Old Growth Forests, Survey Results and Information Collected VPRS 16637 North Melbourne Open
1995 - 1998 Meeting Minutes, Natural Resource Systems Pty Ltd VPRS 16653 North Melbourne Open
1998 - cont Unserialised Records) VPRS 11598 North Melbourne Closed
1999 - 2008 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Bracks-Brumby Government [Department of Sustainability and Environment] (1999-2008) VPRS 16587 North Melbourne Closed
1999 - 2010 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Bracks-Brumby Government [Department of Primary Industries] VPRS 16592 North Melbourne Closed
2001 - 2001 Unserialised Register Cards, Location and Subject Index Cards [Records Reserialised] VPRS 12853 Other Not Applicable
2001 - 2004 Regional Land Office Parish and Township Plans Digitised Reference Set VPRS 16171 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
Functions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibilityFunctions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibility
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1996 - 1999 Rural affairs VF 321
1996 - 2002 Crown lands (public) VF 309
1996 - 2002 Forests VF 30
1996 - cont National parks VF 173
1996 - cont Soil conservation VF 178
1996 - cont Place names committee VF 215
1996 - cont Research institutes VF 229
1996 - cont Conservation (flora) VF 284
1996 - cont Environment protection VF 328
1996 - cont Vermin, destruction in forests VF 132
1996 - cont Noxious weeds destruction in forests VF 133
1996 - cont Agriculture VF 245
1996 - cont Veterinary services VF 110
1996 - cont Animal protection VF 111
1996 - cont Groundwater resources VF 149
1996 - cont Fuel prices regulation VF 261
1996 - cont Mining and extractive industries VF 151
1996 - cont Petroleum industry VF 152
1996 - cont Fisheries, commercial licences VF 230
1996 - cont Geological survey VF 24
Functions for which this Agency has or has had secondary responsibilityFunctions for which this Agency has or has had secondary responsibility
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1996 - 2002 Rural water supply VF 122
1998 - 2002 National parks VF 173
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1996 - 1998 Parks Victoria VA 4253
1996 - 2002 Environment Protection Authority VA 1058
1996 - 2002 Royal Botanic Gardens Board VA 3124
1996 - 2002 Geological Survey of Victoria VA 4118
1996 - 2002 Victorian Catchment Management Council (formerly Victorian Catchment and Land Protection Council) VA 4223
1996 - 2002 Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (formerly Corangamite Catchment and Land Protecti n Board) VA 4224
1996 - 2002 East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (formerly East Gippsland Catchment and Land Protection Board) VA 4225
1996 - 2002 Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (formerly Glenelg Catchment and Land Protection Council) VA 4226
1996 - 2002 Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority (formerly Goulburn Catchment and Land Protection Council) VA 4227
1996 - 2002 Mallee Catchment Management Authority (formerly Mallee Catchment and Land Protection Authority) VA 4228
1996 - 2002 North Central Catchment Management Authority (formerly North Central Catchment and Land Protec ion Board) VA 4229
1996 - 2002 North East Catchment Management Authority (formerly North East Catchment and Land Protectio Board) VA 4230
1996 - 2002 West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (formerly West Gippsland Catchment and Land Prote tion Board) VA 4231
1996 - 2002 Wimmera Catchment Management Authority (formerly Wimmera Catchment and Land Protection Board) VA 4232
1996 - 2002 Port Phillip Catchment and Land Protection Board VA 4233
1996 - 2002 Zoological Parks and Gardens Board Victoria VA 4289
2000 - 2002 Electrical Appeals Board VA 4208
2001 - 2002 Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector VA 4207
2001 - 2002 Office of Gas Safety VA 4209
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1996 - 1999 Agriculture and Resources VRG 122
1996 - 2002 Environment and Conservation (previously Conservation and Land Management) VRG 123
1999 - 2002 Energy and Resources VRG 133