Agency VA 551
Ministry for Conservation
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Date Range: 1973 - 1983
 
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Establishment and Functions

The Ministry for Conservation was established in 1973 under the provisions of the Ministry of Conservation Act 1972 (No.8364). The Ministry was essentially responsible for co-ordinating the activities of a number of agencies (such as the Soil Conservation Authority, Land Conservation Council, Environment Protection Authority, Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens and the National Parks Service) all of which are concerned with conservation and environment protection and the management and utilization of land and living aquatic resources. The Fisheries and Wildlife Division of the Chief Secretary's Department (VA 475) was also transferred to the new Ministry together with a number of research institutes, for example the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research and the Marine Science Laboratories.

The Ministry was responsible for policy development and providing advice to the Minister on the following matters:

environment protection and pollution control
soil conservation
fisheries and wildlife
land conservation
national parks
foreshore protection (the Port Phillip Authority also being part of the Conservation portfolio from 1973 to 1981)
marine research
zoological gardens
archaeological survey from 1975 when the Victorian Archaeological Survey was transferred to the Ministry from the Chief Secretary's Department (VA 475)
animal protection from 1979 to 1981, this function also being inherited from the Chief Secretary's Department (VA 475) and subsequently transferred to the Department of Agriculture (VA 618).

In 1983 the Ministry was abolished. The majority of its responsibilities were assumed by the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands (VA 1034). Other functions, for example archaeological survey, environment protection and land conservation, became the responsibility of the Department of Planning and Environment (VA 1024).

Location of Records

Some records have been transferred to the Public Record Office, although no central records of the Ministry are included.

See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, sections 3.6.11 (Fisheries and Wildlife), 3.6.12 - 3.6.19 (National Parks), 3.6.20 (Royal Melbourne Zoo) and 3.6.22 (Soil Conservation).
 
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1907 - By 1989 Register of State Wildlife Reserves VPRS 15673 North Melbourne Open
1949 - 1976 Personal Files (RETURNED TO AGENCY 2016) VPRS 2809 Other Closed
1956 - 1976 List of Authorised File Classifications and Register of General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 12490 North Melbourne Open
1966 - 1976 Register of Wildlife Destruction Permits VPRS 15674 Other Open
1971 - ? 1974 Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, historical records VPRS 16644 North Melbourne Open
1973 - 1983 List of Authorised File Classifications VPRS 11542 North Melbourne Open
1973 - 1985 Register of General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 11543 North Melbourne Open
1973 - 1985 General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 11544 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1984 National Parks General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 11553 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1984 Proper Name Index VPRS 11555 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1984 Classified Subject Index to General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 11557 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1984 List of Authorised File Classifications VPRS 11558 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1984 General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System, Fisheries and Wildlife Division VPRS 11559 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1984 Register of General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System (Fisheries and Wildlife Division) VPRS 11561 North Melbourne Open
1980 - 1995 License Applications, Wildlife Act 1975 VPRS 16640 North Melbourne Open
By 1967 - 1984 List of Authorised File Classifications (Fisheries and Wildlife Division) VPRS 11560 North Melbourne Open
Circa 1850 - Circa 1979 General Correspondence Subject Files, Fisheries and Wildlife Division VPRS 12011 North Melbourne Part Open
Circa 1956 - 1976 National Parks General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 11552 North Melbourne Open
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1973 - 1983 Fisheries and wildlife VF 98
1973 - 1983 Fisheries, commercial licences VF 230
1979 - 1981 Animal protection VF 111
- 1983 Research institutes VF 229
- 1983 Environment protection VF 328
- 1983 Environment effects statements VF 347
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1973 - 1981 Port Phillip Authority VA 1102
1973 - 1983 Soil Conservation Authority (previously known as Soil Conservation Board 1940-1947; Land Conservation Authority 1947-1950) VA 1056
1973 - 1983 Environment Protection Authority VA 1058
1975 - 1983 Victoria Archaeological Survey (previously known as Archaeological and Aboriginal Relics Office 1972-1975) VA 1802
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1973 - 1983 Conservation VRG 55