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Department of the Environment and Energy

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Formed  19 July 2016
Preceding Department  Department of the Environment
Jurisdiction  Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters  John Gorton Building, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600, Canberra, Australia
Minister responsible  Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy
Department executive  Dr Gordon de Brouwer, Secretary

The Department of the Environment and Energy is an Australian government department.


The Department is responsible for matters including environment protection and conservation of biodiversity as well as energy policy. It was established in July 2016 by the Turnbull Government after the 2016 federal election.


The Administrative Arrangements Orders list the department's responsibilities as follows:

  • Administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory, and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • Air quality
  • Climate change adaptation strategy and co-ordination
  • Community and household climate action
  • Co-ordination of climate change science activities
  • Co-ordination of sustainable communities policy
  • Development and co-ordination of domestic climate change policy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy policy
  • Environment protection and conservation of biodiversity
  • Environmental information and research
  • Environmental water use and resources relating to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder
  • Greenhouse emissions and energy consumption reporting
  • Greenhouse gas abatement programs
  • Industrial energy efficiency
  • Ionospheric prediction
  • Land contamination
  • Meteorology
  • National energy market, including electricity and gas
  • National fuel quality standards
  • Natural, built and cultural heritage
  • Renewable energy
  • Renewable energy target policy, regulation and co-ordination
  • Renewable energy technology development
  • Urban environment
  • Structure

    The department is an Australian Public Service department. The head of the department is its Secretary, Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, responsible to the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP.


    Department of the Environment and Energy Wikipedia

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