Skip to content. | Skip to navigation


Personal tools

Capability statement - Department of Environment and Resource Management

Queensland Government

About us

The vision of the Queensland Department of

Environment and Resource Management (DERM) is for a green, strong and sustainable state.

DERM administers legislation and programs to conserve, protect and manage the State’s environment and natural resources. It is the lead State agency on water and aquatic ecosystems policy and regulation and administers other programs to work collaboratively with other levels of government, business, industry and communities to ensure safe, secure, sustainable and equitable access, use, management and protection of water and aquatic ecosystems.

DERM also participates in collaborative water and aquatic ecosystems partnerships at the regional, national and international levels aimed at promote knowledge development, exchange and capacity building.  It is an active participant and supporter of initiatives such as the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways program, the International Water Centre, the eWater Cooperative Research Centre and the Asia-Pacific Hub for Healthy Rivers and Aquatic Ecosystems.  or telephone 13 QGOV (13 74 68)



DERM provides a wide range of policy, planning, regulatory, scientific program delivery, and engagement services for water and aquatic ecosystems protection and management.

Key water and aquatic ecosystem initiatives administered by the Department include:

  • Water and environment protection legislation, that sets environmental values and resource objectives, regulates water access and water supply services entities, and protects water quality and environmental flows
  • Regional water resource, water supply and natural resource management planning.  This includes catchment-based water resource plans that provide for healthy aquatic ecosystems and tradeable water access entitlements for human water use.
  • Protection and management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems,  including our unique and internationally renowned natural heritage including wild rivers, the Great Artesian Basin and the Great Barrier Reef, and our important wetlands including the five listed under the International Ramsar Convention.
  • Rural and urban water use efficiency support
  • Water and aquatic ecosystem health monitoring and reporting
  • Water, aquatic ecosystem and climate change science and research, including external collaborative partnerships
  • Oversight of environmental management elements of flood mitigation and recovery.


Contribution to the Healthy Rivers Hub

As a founding member, DERM has supported the development of the Healthy Rivers Hub.

The department is committed to remaining a key contact for sharing leading edge policy, scientific, legislative and program advice to partners in the region who face similar water challenges in response to climate variability and change, population growth and expanding economic development.


Personal tools