New Department for Water and Environment Chief Executive appointed

The State Government has today announced John Schutz as the new Chief Executive of the Department for Environment and Water.


Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said Mr Schutz was appointed following a nationwide recruitment process.

“The government has a strong environmental agenda with a renewed focus on national parks and wildlife, increased coastal protection and a back to basics approach to delivering practical environmental outcomes for South Australia,” said Minister Speirs.

“As the lead environmental administrator in the state, the role of Chief Executive of the Department for Environment and Water is pivotal to delivering the government’s ambitious environmental reform agenda.

“Following an extensive merit-based recruitment process, I am pleased to announce that John Schutz has been appointed to lead the Department for Environment and Water as Chief Executive.   

“John’s appointment comes after an extensive career spent working in a variety of roles within the environmental and government sectors, including as Head of the Botanic Gardens, Director of National Parks and Wildlife SA and an Executive Director within the department.

“In the six months since I became Minister, during which John has been Acting Chief Executive, I have been impressed by his extensive knowledge, his focus on delivering practical solutions and his ability to drive change within the department.

“I congratulate John on his appointment and look forward to working closely with him to deliver improved environmental outcomes for our state.” 

Mr Schutz has been appointed to a three-year term in line with the new government’s commitment to shorter executive contracts.

He has been filling the role of Acting Chief Executive over recent months and his appointment will officially commence on 1 October, 2018.

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