Agency VA 4554
Department of Sustainability and Environment
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Date Range: 2002 - 2013
 
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The Department of Sustainability and Environment was established by the Bracks Labor Government in its second term and proclaimed in the Government Gazette, S 231, 5 December 2002. It was described as a name change under the Public Sector Management and Employment Act 1998, meaning the name Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE; VA 3972) was changed to Department of Sustainability and Environment.

At its creation, the Department of Sustainability and Environment reported to the Minister for Environment, Minister for Water and the Minister for Planning. While the new DSE retained many functions of the former DNRE, some functions were moved. These included the function of primary production, which became the responsibility of the new Department of Primary Industries (VA 4563). Aboriginal Affairs passed to the Department for Victorian Communities (VA 4562), and Energy went to the Department of Infrastructure (VA 3971). DSE also gained responsibility for planning, formerly the responsibility of the Department of Infrastructure.

The primary functions undertaken by the Department of Sustainability and Environment were:
- coasts and marine
- conservation and environment
- fire and other emergencies
- forestry
- heritage
- land and water management
- parks and reserves
- planning
- plants and animals
- property, titles and maps
- nature-based tourism and recreation

Please note that the tourism function related primarily to the development of tourism and recreation in national parks and other public lands, through Parks Victoria and related agencies. The primary function of tourism was carried out through Tourism Victoria (VA 4192).

Following the re-election of the Bracks Government in December 2006, the Ministerial portfolios of Environment and Water were amalgamated and renamed the Minister for Water, Environment and Climate Change. The transfer of Acts was carried out as part of Administrative Arrangements Order No. 192, published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. S 317 on 5 December 2006.

As part of the machinery of government changes following the 2006 election, the Government also established an Office for Water within DSE. The function of this Office was to assess issues relating to water in Victoria, and to ensure that a sustainable water saving plan was followed. An Office of Climate Change was also established, within the Department of Premier and Cabinet (VA 1039), in order to coordinate a whole of Government response to climate change.

Following the 2006 election, functions of the DSE remained unchanged. It reported to the Minister for Water, Environment and Climate Change and the Minister for Planning.

On 9 April 2013 DSE was renamed the Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) (VA 5002) by Order of the Governor-in-Council under section 10 (c) of the Public Administration Act 2004 (Victorian Government Gazette, S 124). The name change was part of machinery-of-government changes made by the Coalition Government under the new leadership of Premier the Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP in April 2013, and resulted in the transfer of existing DSE agencies and functions except Land Victoria (VA 862) to DEPI (VA 5002).
 
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1908 - cont Certified Forest Dedication Plans VPRS 7038 North Melbourne Open
1908 - cont Certified Forest Excision Plans VPRS 7039 North Melbourne Open
1997 - cont New Format Planning Scheme Maps based on the Victoria Planning Provisions VPRS 16203 North Melbourne Open
1997 - cont New Format Planning Scheme Ordinances based on the Victoria Planning Provisions VPRS 16223 North Melbourne Open
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 Planning and Community Development] VPRS 16585 North Melbourne Closed
2001 - 2004 Regional Land Office Parish and Township Plans Digitised Reference Set VPRS 16171 North Melbourne Open
2008 - 2010 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Bracks-Brumby Government [Department of Sustainability and Environment] (2008-2010) VPRS 16588 North Melbourne Closed
2009 - 2011 2009 Victorian Bushfires Fire Recovery Photo Point Library VPRS 16681 North Melbourne Open
2010 - 2014 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Baillieu/Napthine Government [Environment and Climate Change] VPRS 17503 North Melbourne Closed
2010 - 2014 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Baillieu/Napthine Government [Water] VPRS 17504 North Melbourne Closed
By 2003 - cont Corporate Publications [Records Not Transferred] VPRS 16057 Other Not Applicable
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2002 - 2013 Forests VF 30
2002 - 2013 Vermin, destruction in forests VF 132
2002 - 2013 Noxious weeds destruction in forests VF 133
2002 - 2013 Groundwater resources VF 149
2002 - 2013 Soil conservation VF 178
2002 - 2013 Place names committee VF 215
2002 - 2013 Research institutes VF 229
2002 - 2013 Building regulation VF 244
2002 - 2013 Conservation (flora) VF 284
2002 - 2013 Crown lands (public) VF 309
2002 - 2013 Heritage protection VF 327
2002 - 2013 Environment protection VF 328
2002 - 2013 Environment effects statements VF 347
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2002 - 2013 Rural water supply VF 122
2002 - 2013 National parks VF 173
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2002 - 2007 Heritage Victoria VA 4836
2002 - 2013 Environment Protection Authority VA 1058
2002 - 2013 Royal Botanic Gardens Board VA 3124
2002 - 2013 Victorian Catchment Management Council (formerly Victorian Catchment and Land Protection Council) VA 4223
2002 - 2013 Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (formerly Corangamite Catchment and Land Protecti n Board) VA 4224
2002 - 2013 East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (formerly East Gippsland Catchment and Land Protection Board) VA 4225
2002 - 2013 Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (formerly Glenelg Catchment and Land Protection Council) VA 4226
2002 - 2013 Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority (formerly Goulburn Catchment and Land Protection Council) VA 4227
2002 - 2013 Mallee Catchment Management Authority (formerly Mallee Catchment and Land Protection Authority) VA 4228
2002 - 2013 North Central Catchment Management Authority (formerly North Central Catchment and Land Protec ion Board) VA 4229
2002 - 2013 North East Catchment Management Authority (formerly North East Catchment and Land Protectio Board) VA 4230
2002 - 2013 West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (formerly West Gippsland Catchment and Land Prote tion Board) VA 4231
2002 - 2013 Wimmera Catchment Management Authority (formerly Wimmera Catchment and Land Protection Board) VA 4232
2002 - 2013 Port Phillip Catchment and Land Protection Board VA 4233
2002 - 2013 Parks Victoria VA 4253
2002 - 2013 Zoological Parks and Gardens Board Victoria VA 4289
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