Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (New South Wales)

Department Of Environment, Climate Change And Water (New South Wales)

Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (New South Wales)

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The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (formerly Department of Environment and Conservation and Department of Environment and Climate Change) (DECC) was the peak environmental regulator in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Formerly a NSW Government Agency it was created in September 2003 from the merger of:
  • the Environment Protection Authority,
  • the National Parks and Wildlife Service,
  • the Botanic Gardens Trust, and
  • Resource NSW.

The Department was renamed in April 2007 as part of the merger of the former Department of Natural Resources and NSW Greenhouse Office with the Department of Environment and Conservation. In 2011, following the election of a new State Government, the Department was broken up with its responsibilities split between the new Office of Environment and Heritage (part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet) and the Department of Industry and Investment.


The former department was responsible for:
  • management of flora and fauna
  • promotion of environmentally sustainable consumption and production
  • protection of the state's cultural heritage, particularly Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • regulation of air and water quality, noise, chemicals, radiation and waste disposal

The organisation had strong links with the Sydney Catchment Authority.


The department was headed by Director-General Lisa Corbyn and headquartered in Sydney, with offices across the city and state.

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