Earlier this year, the State Government announced that the Department of Environment and Conservation will be split into two new departments – a Department of Parks and Wildlife and a department of environmental regulation (yet to be named). The Department of Parks and Wildlife will be responsible for marine, parks and wildlife preservation, whilst the department of environmental regulation will focus on regulation, licensing and appeals.

Minister for Environment, Albert Jacob, has explained that the purpose of the split is to allow the Department of Parks and Wildlife to focus solely on conservation, protection and promotion of WA’s land and marine parks and reserves.

It is expected that the Department of Parks and Wildlife will form later this year. Due to the complexities of establishing the new department of environmental regulation, it will continue to operate under the banner of the Department of Environment and Conservation for the short term.