Department of the Environment and Energy

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Department of the Environment and Energy
Department overview
Formed 19 July 2016
Preceding Department
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters John Gorton Building, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600, Canberra, Australia
Ministers responsible
Department executive

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.[1] Following the appointment of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister, Josh Frydenberg was elevated to Treasurer of Australia, whereby Frydenberg's previous ministerial positions were separated, with Melissa Price as Minister of the Environment and Angus Taylor as Minister for Energy.


The Administrative Arrangements Orders list the department's responsibilities as follows:[2][3]

  • 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


The head of the department is its Secretary, Finn Pratt AO PSM, responsible to the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP. The department is staffed by individuals from the Australian Public Service.

See also


  1. ^ Anderson, Stephanie (20 July 2016). "Election 2016: Malcolm Turnbull unveils ministry with Christopher Pyne, Greg Hunt on the move". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 24 August 2016.
  2. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order – amendment made 19 July 2016, Australian Government, archived from the original on 30 August 2016
  3. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order, Australian Government, retrieved 30 August 2016

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