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The Department of Sustainability and Environment - Victoria

The Department of Sustainability and Environment - VictoriaThe Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is one of ten departments within the Victorian Public Service. It was established in 2002 to bring together all of the State’s responsibilities for sustainability of the natural and built environment.

Ian Porter receiving the supporter award for the Victorian Department of Sustainability & EnvironmentThe Department helps position Victoria as a world leader in sustainability. They lead the State's effort to use limited natural resources in a sustainable manner: in other words, doing more with less. They also develop policy that promotes and facilitates sustainable management of Victoria’s ecological systems.

Sustainability is a key driver in the Department’s own activities, which is vital if they are to successfully influence the actions of other government agencies, businesses, communities, households and individuals.

DSE employ 2,700 staff in and around ninety cities and towns across the state. With annual funding of around $1 billion they are responsible for:

  • Sustainable water management and supply
  • Sustainable catchment management
  • Management and governance of Victoria's parks
  • Services for biodiversity, conservation, ecosystem, heritage, recreation and tourism
  • Public land and sustainable forest management services
  • Fire prevention operations and planning
  • Urban and regional strategies and programs
  • Sustainability and Greenhouse Policy
  • Sustainable cities, regions and heritage conservation
  • Land information
  • Policy frameworks, regulations and services to protect the environment

Environmental sustainability is about the whole of Victoria - urban and rural - and the DSE holds a vision of the future in which all Victorians are living sustainability within their natural and built environments.

For more information about the Department of Sustainability and Environment contact:


Department of Sustainability and Environment
Head Office
8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne
VIC 3002


Customer Service Centre - 136 186





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