Group VRG 133
Energy and Resources
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Date Range: 1999 - 2002
Description of this GroupDescription of this Group
Following the election of the Bracks Labor Government in October 1999, an Energy and Resources portfolio was established with the appointment of a Minister for Energy and Resources. The portfolio comprised part of the former Agriculture and Resources portfolio (VRG 122), assuming responsibility for mineral resource development, mines, extractive industries, petroleum, pipelines, fisheries, the nuclear activities prohibition act, and renewable energy.

Acts assigned to the Minister at time of appointment:

Coal Mines (Pensions) Act 1958, excluding Part III (administered by the Minister for Finance)
Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 (insofar as it relates to the exercise of powers for the purposes of the Fisheries Act 1995 - the Act otherwise administered by the Minister for Environment and Conservation)
Extractive Industries Development Act 1995
Fisheries Act 1995
Mineral Resources Development Act 1990
Mines Act 1958 - Division 2 of Part III jointly administered with the Minister for Finance (the remainder administered solely by the Minister for Energy and Resources)
Nuclear Activities (Prohibitions) Act 1983
Petroleum Act 1998
Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982
Pipelines Act 1967
Renew Energy Authority Victoria Act 1990
Underseas Mineral Resources Act 1963

In June/July 2000, responsibility for energy transferred from Treasury (VRG 23). In June, 2000, as published in the government gazette, the function of energy policy was transferred from the Department of Treasury and Finance to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, by declaration under the Public Sector Management and Employment Act 1998. This involved the transfer of the Energy Unit within the Commercial Policy and Projects Division of the Department of Treasury and Finance. Transfer of ministerial responsibility for Acts relating to the function doesn't appear to have been gazetted; nor does the transfer of responsibility for Acts between departments. The assumption of responsibility for the energy related Acts (for the market and regulatory functions under them) by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment is evidenced by Administrative Arrangements Order number 169 (concerned with appropriation of moneys), published in the government gazette on 8 March 2001. The order states that responsibility transferred on 1 July 2000. It is probably reasonable to assume that ministerial responsibility for the energy function transferred at this time also.

The Acts concerned are:

Electricity Industry Act 1993
Electrical Safety Act 1998
Fuel Emergency Act 1977
Gas Industry Act 1994
Gas Pipeline Access (Victoria) Act 1998
Gas Safety Act 1997
National Electricity (Victoria) Act 1997
State Electricity Commission Act 1958

The Energy and Resources portfolio was abolished following the re-election of the Bracks Labor government in November 2002. For the most part ministerial responsibilities were split between a newly appointed Minister for Energy Industries (VRG 157) and a newly appointed Minister for Resources (VRG 158). Responsibility for fisheries transferred to the Minister for Agriculture (VRG 131). Responsibility for the Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria transferred to the Minister for Environment (VRG 147).


Minister for Energy and Resources 1999 - 2002.

Previous Groups:

VRG 122 Agriculture and Resources.
VRG 23 Treasurer.

Subsequent Groups:

VRG 157 Energy Industries.
VRG 158 Resources.
VRG 131 Agriculture II.
VRG 147 Environment.
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Agencies within this GroupAgencies within this Group
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Date within Group Agency Title Agency Number Agency Hierarchy
1999 - 2000 Renewable Energy Authority Victoria VA 3117 Statutory Authority
1999 - 2000 Victorian Dairy Industry Authority (formerly Victorian Milk Board 1932-1977) VA 711 Statutory Authority
1999 - 2001 Australian Minerals and Energy Council VA 2890 Statutory Authority
1999 - 2002 Board of Examiners for Mine Managers VA 1399 Statutory Authority
1999 - 2002 Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
1999 - 2002 Geological Survey of Victoria VA 4118
2000 - 2002 Electrical Appeals Board VA 4208
2000 - 2002 Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria VA 4292 Statutory Authority
2000 - 2002 Dairy Food Safety Victoria VA 4303 Statutory Authority
2001 - 2002 Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector VA 4207
2001 - 2002 Office of Gas Safety VA 4209
Functions related to this GroupFunctions related to this Group
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Date within Group Function Title Function Number
1999 - 2002 Geological survey VF 24
1999 - 2002 Mining surveyors VF 25
1999 - 2002 Mining VF 62
1999 - 2002 Petroleum industry VF 152
1999 - 2002 Renewable energy VF 363
1999 - cont Mining and extractive industries VF 151
1999 - cont Fisheries, commercial licences VF 230
2000 - cont Electric light and power VF 47
2000 - cont State electricity commission VF 145
2000 - cont Gas and fuel VF 148