About us

About us

OEH organisation and services

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) consists of five functional areas:

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Manages, conserves and cares for more than 7 million hectares of land in national parks and reserves. NPWS links customer, conservation and cultural outcomes in a sustainable way by building participation in the management and use of parks.

Regional Operations

Delivers integrated and customer focused services at the regional and local level to strengthen communities and partnerships across NSW. This includes services, programs and grants to support land use planning, threatened species, native vegetation, education, community engagement, energy efficiency, volunteering, environmental water management, coast and flood protection, compliance and enforcement, adapting to a changing climate and private land conservation.


Provides an integrated approach to conserving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage, works with the community to list items on the State Heritage Register, declare Aboriginal Places and register state shipwrecks. It assesses applications to change listed items, repatriates Aboriginal ancestral remains, administers grants for heritage conservation and provides secretariat services to the Heritage Council and the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee.


Supports the Minister and OEH Executive by providing policy advice and leading the development of strategic policy. The Division leads OEH’s engagement in whole-of-government policy formation, Cabinet processes, legislative reforms and intergovernmental affairs.


Provides scientific evidence and knowledge to underpin environmental decision making, regulation and service delivery.

Executive Team

  • Chief Executive - Anthony Lean
  • Acting Executive Director Park Operations - Robert Quirk
  • Executive Director Park Programs - Michael Wright
  • Executive Director Regional Operations - Ian Hunter
  • Executive Director Heritage - Pauline McKenzie
  • Executive Director Science - Dr Kate Wilson
  • Executive Director Policy - Paul Elton
Page last updated: 03 July 2017