Review of the Department of the Environment's annual report 1997-98
Under the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, annual reports
of government departments and authorities which are tabled in the House
stand referred to the relevant committee for any inquiry the committee
may wish to undertake. The Speaker tables a schedule listing the annual
reports which fall under the jurisdiction of each committee.
Accordingly, the Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage undertook
a review of the Department of the Environment's annual report for 1997-98
and tabled its report on 21 June 1999.
Copies of the report are available in PDF format
or from the Committee Secretariat.
The committee's recommendations (as presented
in the report) are also available in html.
(To view or print the pdf documents, you will require the Acrobat Reader®,
which can be downloaded free of charge from Adobe®.)
The Department of the Environment and Heritage website provides an
electronic version of the 1997-98 annual report.
Report (chapters in pdf format)
Table of contents: Review of the Department
of the Environment's annual report 1997-98
- Covering documents (PDF format
Membership of the committee
List of abbreviations
List of recommendations
- Chapter 1 (PDF format 20kb)
- The committee's review
Conduct of the review
The Department of the Environment and Heritage
- Chapter 2
(PDF format 72kb)
- Issues arising from the committee's review
Australia's rivers and waterways
Australia's world heritage areas
National parks and reserves
State of the environment reporting
21 June 1999
COMMITTEE FINDS LACK OF COORDINATION IN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMS
A Parliamentary inquiry has found that some environment programs need
to be better coordinated, to make best use of available resources. The
findings were contained in the House of Representatives Standing Committee
on Environment and Heritage report: Review of the Department of the
Environment's annual report for 1997-98.
The review looked at the environment programs managed by the Department
of the Environment and Heritage, particularly focusing on programs dealing
with rivers and water quality, world heritage areas, national parks and
reserves, environment reporting and marine management.
"The committee believes there needs to be a more coordinated approach
to management of rivers and water programs, to ensure there is good community
consultation, ongoing monitoring of results, and best use of available
resources," the chair of the committee, Hon. Ian Causley, MP, said.
The committee also found that state of the environment reports, produced
every five years, should make use of all data collected for other program
areas, such as Regional Forest Agreements. The next state of the environment
report is due in 2001.
During the review, the management of Australia's water resources, particularly
the health of urban and rural waterways, emerged as a topic warranting
further investigation. Accordingly, the committee has extended its inquiries
to undertake a larger review of catchment management. The report of the
extended inquiry into catchment management will be tabled later in this
Further information on the committee's activities can be found on its
internet site: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/environ.
For more information contact:
Hon. Ian Causley, MP
Suite RG 22, Parliament House
Phone 02 6277 4218 (Parliament House)
02 6642 7084 (Electorate)
02 6642 7084 (Electorate)
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