On 2 February 2006, under Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 1) 2006, the Department was renamed the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water.
FUNCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
The Department is responsible for the following natural resource functions: natural resource management, including forest and water management; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land matters including land titles, land interests, native title; Crown Land Quarry Sales; Land management including: allocation and management of State land, compulsory acquisition, land protection, land titles, surveying and mapping, and valuations; Place names; Registrations of valuers and surveyors; from 1 April 2006 - commercial native forest operations (NRMW Forest Products) and commercial quarry activities.
Mines carries out the functions of: minerals and energy explosives, geological survey and environment (including management of mining) mining titles, royalties, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters (including Mineral Resources), and undertakes extensive exploration to uncover new areas of mineral occurrence. Included as areas of responsibility are the Resource Development Division, the Saftey in Mines Testing and Research Station [SIMTARS] and that part of the previous Department of Mines and Energy responsible for providing corporate and executive support to the mines function, as well as the Safety and Health Division.
Water: On 2 Feb 2006 the department was re-named the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water as part of a strategy to accelerate the delivery of essential water infrastructure in Queensland, the department was given the responsibility of leading a whole-of-government water taskforce.
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines 22 Feb 2001 - 12 Feb 2004
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, 12 Feb 2004 - 25 Aug 2004
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, 25 Aug 2004 - 2 Feb 2006
Miinister for Natural Resources, Mines and Water, 2 Feb 2006 - 13 Sep 2006
Under Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 2) 2006 and Public Service Departmental Arrangements Order (No. 9) 2006, the Department's functions were transferred to two new departments: Department of Mines and Energy; and the Department of Natural Resources and Water.