Agency VA 611
Department of Minerals and Energy
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Date Range: 1977 - 1985
 
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Establishment and Functions

The Department of Minerals and Energy was formed on 1 September 1977 following the proclamation of the Minerals and Energy Act 1976. The Act provided for the amalgamation of the Ministry of Fuel and Power (VA 627) and the Mines Department (VA 612) into the Department of Minerals and Energy.

The Department of Minerals and Energy's main responsibility was to develop Government policy on the development and use of Victoria's minerals and energy resources, including brown coal, natural gas, oil, hydro-electricity and solar energy. It also was responsible for planning for the possible introduction of nuclear energy. It played a co-ordinating role in relation to the activities of the large fuel and power statutory authorities, namely the State Electricity Commission (VA 1002), the Gas and Fuel Corporation (VA 1040) and the Victorian Pipelines Commission, and oil and gas companies. It also regulated the mining, extractive, fuel and power industries and provided technical and scientific advisory services. The Department was responsible for the State's Geological Survey which investigates Victoria's geological structure, mineral wealth and underground water resources, and also for regulating the use of groundwater and dumping of toxic waste. It licensed mining and extractive activity and supervised the safeworking of mines, quarries, pipelines, on- and off-shore oil and petroleum installations, and related equipment.

In 1983 the Department passed responsibility for the Chief Chemists Group to the Department of Agriculture (VA 618). In 1984 responsibility for regulating the manufacture, transport and storage of hazardous materials such as explosives, inflammable liquids and toxic chemicals to the Ministry of Employment and Training (VA 704).

The Department also acted as an investigating agency for the Environment Protection Authority.

In 1985 the Department was superseded by the Department of Industry, Technology and Resources (VA 2661).

Location of Records

Few records have been transferred to the Public Record Office. See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.13.2.

 
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? 1880 - ? 1979 Crown Solicitors Opinions, (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 15910 Other Not Applicable
? 1890 - 1989 Outward Letter Books (Explosives and Gas Examining Branch) (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 12366 Other Not Applicable
? 1894 - ? 1989 General Correspondence Subject Files, Explosives (Explosives and Gas Examining Branch) (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 12364 Other Not Applicable
? 1896 - ? 1980 Cash Books - All Accounts VPRS 6786 North Melbourne Open
? 1910 - ? 1989 Register of General Correspondence (Inward), Annual Single Number System (Explosives and Gas Examining Branch) (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 12363 Other Not Applicable
? 1940 - 1987 Operational Safety Committee Records Received by Explosives and Gas Examining Branch, Copies (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 12369 Other Not Applicable
? 1951 - ? 1981 Ledger Cards VPRS 6779 North Melbourne Open
? 1953 - ? 1978 Tailings Dumps Files VPRS 6820 North Melbourne Open
? 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
1902 - ? 1983 Register of Applications for Tailings Licences VPRS 7844 North Melbourne Open
1902 - ? 1983 Tailings Licence Files VPRS 10808 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 - ? 1983 Register of Applications for Mineral Search Licences II VPRS 7872 North Melbourne Open
1954 - ? 1983 Mineral Search Licence Files VPRS 10807 North Melbourne Open
1965 - 1999 Index to Reports by Geographical Areas or by Content (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16272 North Melbourne Open
1966 - ? 1982 General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System (Ministry of Fuel and Power) VPRS 7074 North Melbourne Part Open
1969 - 1973 Extractive Industry Search Permits VPRS 10803 Other Open
1972 - ? 1980 Mining Lease Files VPRS 6801 North Melbourne Open
1983 - cont Seismic Survey Technical Back-up Data VPRS 4551 North Melbourne Part Open
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1977 - 1984 Dangerous goods VF 150
1977 - 1985 Groundwater resources VF 149
1977 - 1985 Mining and extractive industries VF 151
1977 - 1985 Petroleum industry VF 152
1977 - 1985 Geological survey VF 24
- 1983 Chief chemist's group VF 115
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1972 - 1983 Victorian Coal Miners' Accidents Relief Board VA 2623
1977 - 1983 Coal Mine Workers Pension Tribunal VA 1791
1977 - 1985 Board of Examiners for Mine Managers VA 1399
1977 - 1985 Geological Survey of Victoria VA 4118
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1977 - 1985 Minerals and Energy VRG 47