About us

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) was created on 1 July 2012 to bring together environment and natural resources management in South Australia. The new Department was created by amalgamating the Department for Water and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

DEWNR’s role in managing the State's natural resources ranges from policy leadership to on-ground delivery with regional Natural Resources Management Boards. The issues we work on include water security, climate change, sustainable land management, public estate management and biodiversity conservation. We provide practical advice to government, industry and communities to achieve productive and balanced use of natural resources and to help improve the condition and resilience of our natural systems.

We work closely with communities and a diverse range of partners to help them make good decisions about how our natural resources are used and managed, and to help South Australians care for the land, water and sea that sustain us.

DEWNR is part of the Environment and Conservation Portfolio and reports to the Hon. Ian Hunter (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, and Minister for Water and the River Murray). Our work helps government achieve its priorities and is informed by the government's commitments set out in South Australia's Strategic Plan and the State Natural Resources Management Plan and also by our Corporate Plan 2012-2014 (3.7mb pdf).


Change@SouthAustralia is a program that is designed to create a public sector workforce that is dynamic, productive and works together for a brighter vision for the state. 

A series of 90 day change projects are being rolled out to provide opportunities for the public sector to create new innovative ways of working and sharing information and to demonstrate this vision of change.

Visit the Change@SouthAustralia website for more information.