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The Department for Environment and Water 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 work is guided by the commitments set out in State Natural Resources Management Plan, the regional natural resources management plans and by our Corporate Plan.

We contribute to a Growth State by working towards a strong planning and regulatory foundation in the area of land, water and environment, to enable us to balance sustainable growth with sharing of resources. 

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.


 White Ribbon logo As a supporter of the White Ribbon campaign, the department is taking steps to prevent and respond to violence against women by developing a strong culture of respectful relationships and behaviours within our workplace and by providing leadership through our role in the community.