The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is undergoing a structural change aimed at achieving better customer service, being more accountable to local communities, and making significant savings in costs.
The Government has asked all agencies to make budget savings, with OEH contributing around $100 million over the next four years. This is expected to involve a reduction of around 350 positions from OEH, with a focus on senior managers and backroom staff. There will be some reductions in senior management positions in the National Parks and Wildlife Service as a component of these changes.
We are working to create a regionally focused agency with clearer accountability for delivery of services and programs to local communities. A larger proportion of OEH’s resources will be directed to operational areas that are managing, pests, weeds and fire; delivering programs for communities; and providing services to our customers.
OEH has also appointed a senior business expert to work with the NPWS on innovative approaches to improve community access to parks and generate increased revenue, while continuing to protect and enhance our precious environment.
Aspects of these changes may take some time to come into effect. Stakeholders and staff will be kept informed as we build a realigned OEH to deliver our vision of supporting the community to protect, strengthen and enjoy a healthy, productive environment and economy.
Page last updated: 17 July 2012