About us

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources aims to help South Australians conserve, sustain and prosper.

In South Australia we have a unique system of natural resources management boards that work in partnership with us to fulfil our roles and deliver services across eight natural resource management regions. Through the boards we develop meaningful relationships with the community and increase our shared knowledge and understanding about natural resources. We encourage debate and share the decision-making and accountability for choices made. 

Our vision

An exceptional state because we look after our natural capital.

Our purpose

To help South Australians conserve, sustain and prosper.

Our roles

To achieve our purpose we’ve adopted four complementary roles:
  • A facilitator of community involvement in and taking responsibility for the environment.
  • A steward of the state’s natural resources to enable sustainable development.
  • The custodian of public parks, gardens, heritage places and crown lands for public benefit and enjoyment, and for their intrinsic value.
  • An authority on the state’s environment and natural resources to help governments, businesses and individuals make good long-term decisions.

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).