Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH)

 

Working with the community, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) cares for and protects New South Wales’ environment and heritage, which includes the natural environment; Aboriginal country, culture and heritage; and built heritage.

OEH, an agency within the NSW Government’s planning and environment cluster, comprises eight functional areas: the provision of policy advice and strategy to the state Minister for Environment and OEH Executive; conservation and management of the state’s national park and reserve land via the National Parks and Wildlife Service; regional operations; Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage; science; strategy, performance and services; customer experience; and legal matters.

OEH’s regional operations division delivers integrated, customer-focused services at regional and local levels to strengthen communities and partnerships across NSW. This includes administering services, programs and grants to support land-use planning; management of threatened species and native vegetation, energy-efficiency, environmental water management and adapting to a changing climate; private land conservation; coast and flood protection, compliance and enforcement; education; community engagement and volunteering.

OEH’s science division provides scientific evidence and knowledge to underpin environmental decision-making, regulation and service delivery.

Its legal arm provides advice on legislation administered by OEH and the EPA relating to environment conservation and protection and related matters, and conducts litigation on behalf of OEH and the EPA.

For more information, visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au