Minister for the Environment (Australia)
The Australian Minister for the Environment is The Hon. Sussan Ley MP since May 2019. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in August 2018 that the Environment and Energy portfolios would be separated in the Cabinet reshuffle. Melissa Price was appointed as Minister of the Environment, and Angus Taylor was appointed as Minister for Energy on 28 August 2018, by the Governor-General.
|Minister for the Environment|
|Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment|
|Appointer||Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia|
|Inaugural holder||Peter Howson|
|Formation||10 March 1971|
In the Government of Australia, the minister and assistant minister are responsible for the protection and conservation of the environment; to ensure that Australia benefits from meteorological and related sciences and services; and to see that Australia's interests in Antarctica are advanced. The minister provides direction and oversight of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (previously the Department of the Environment and Energy, and before that the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) to develop and implement national policy, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's environment and heritage.
On 26 May 2019 Morrison announced that Sussan Ley would lead the environment portfolio as Minister for the Environment in the 46th Parliament of Australia and the new Cabinet of the Morrison Government, replacing Price as incumbent minister.