Agency VA 5002
Department of Environment and Primary Industries
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Date Range: 2013 - 2014
 
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On 9 April 2013 the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) (VA 4554) was renamed Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) (VA 5002) by order of the Governor-in-Council under section 10 (c) of the Public Administration Act 2004 (Victorian Government Gazette, S 124). The name change was part of machinery-of-government changes made by the Coalition Government under the new leadership of Premier the Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP.

The new department was to serve as Victoria's lead government agency for sustainable management of water resources, climate change, bushfires, public land, forests and ecosystems. It was formed by bringing together functions from the former DSE (VA 4554) and the former Department of Primary Industries (DPI) (VA 4563). Bringing land and water management together with primary industries was designed to help boost the productivity of Victoria's food and fibre sector. The merger also reorganised the vital role played by land managers and Landcare groups in the protection of the environment and management of natural resources. Functions inherited from the former departments included:

- Land and fire
- Regional services
- Natural resources and environment
- Capital projects
- Desalination
- Water
- Agriculture
- Productivity and industry development
- Regulation and compliance
- Fisheries and game
- Business services

At its creation, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries reported to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change and the Minister for Water. The new DEPI inherited most functions of the former DSE except planning, which was transferred to the new Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (VA 5003). Similarly, the new department inherited most functions of the former DPI except energy and resources, which became the responsibility of the new Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (VA 5001).
The new department assisted in delivering the government's vision to position Victoria as a world leader in sustainability and to benefit a diverse range of clients and stakeholders by working together with its service delivery partners, including the following:

- Environment Protection Authority Victoria (VA 1058)
- Sustainability Victoria
- Catchment management authorities
- Parks Victoria (VA 4253)
- Water authorities
- Local governments

On 1 January 2015 DEPI was renamed the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) (VA 5036) by Order of the Governor-in-Council under section 10 of the Public Administration Act 2004 (Victorian Government Gazette, S 432, 4 Dec 2014). The name change was part of machinery-of-government changes made by the incoming Labor Government following the November 2014 State election.
 
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2010 - 2014 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Baillieu/Napthine Government [Agriculture and Food Security] VPRS 17502 North Melbourne Closed
2010 - 2014 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Baillieu/Napthine Government [Environment and Climate Change] VPRS 17503 North Melbourne Closed
2010 - 2014 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Baillieu/Napthine Government [Water] VPRS 17504 North Melbourne Closed
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2013 - 2014 Forests VF 30
2013 - 2014 Veterinary services VF 110
2013 - 2014 Animal protection VF 111
2013 - 2014 Vermin, destruction in forests VF 132
2013 - 2014 Noxious weeds destruction in forests VF 133
2013 - 2014 Soil conservation VF 178
2013 - 2014 Research institutes VF 229
2013 - 2014 Fisheries, commercial licences VF 230
2013 - 2014 Agriculture VF 245
2013 - 2014 Conservation (flora) VF 284
2013 - 2014 Crown lands (public) VF 309
2013 - 2014 Environment protection VF 328
2013 - 2014 Environment effects statements VF 347
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2013 - 2014 Environment Protection Authority VA 1058
2013 - 2014 Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria (formerly known as the Veterinary Board of Victoria 1888-1997) VA 1148
2013 - 2014 Royal Botanic Gardens Board VA 3124
2013 - 2014 Victorian Catchment Management Council (formerly Victorian Catchment and Land Protection Council) VA 4223
2013 - 2014 Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (formerly Corangamite Catchment and Land Protecti n Board) VA 4224
2013 - 2014 East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (formerly East Gippsland Catchment and Land Protection Board) VA 4225
2013 - 2014 Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (formerly Glenelg Catchment and Land Protection Council) VA 4226
2013 - 2014 Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority (formerly Goulburn Catchment and Land Protection Council) VA 4227
2013 - 2014 Mallee Catchment Management Authority (formerly Mallee Catchment and Land Protection Authority) VA 4228
2013 - 2014 North Central Catchment Management Authority (formerly North Central Catchment and Land Protec ion Board) VA 4229
2013 - 2014 North East Catchment Management Authority (formerly North East Catchment and Land Protectio Board) VA 4230
2013 - 2014 West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (formerly West Gippsland Catchment and Land Prote tion Board) VA 4231
2013 - 2014 Wimmera Catchment Management Authority (formerly Wimmera Catchment and Land Protection Board) VA 4232
2013 - 2014 Port Phillip Catchment and Land Protection Board VA 4233
2013 - 2014 Parks Victoria VA 4253
2013 - 2014 Zoological Parks and Gardens Board Victoria VA 4289
2013 - 2014 Dairy Food Safety Victoria VA 4303
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