Search Listing Details

Interest
Matters of National Environmental Significance
Responsible agency
Department of the Environment and Energy
Summary
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth) aims to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places.  These are defined as matters of national environmental significance. 
Description

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation.  It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places - defined in the EPBC Act as matters of national environmental significance.

The eight matters of national environmental significance to which the EPBC Act applies are:

  • World Heritage Sites
  • National Heritage Places
  • Wetlands of international importance (often called ‘Ramsar’ wetlands after the international treaty under which such wetlands are listed)
  • Nationally threatened species and ecological communities
  • Migratory Species
  • Commonwealth Marine Areas
  • The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Nuclear Actions.


In addition, the EPBC Act confers jurisdiction over actions that have a significant impact on the environment where the actions affect, or are taken on, Commonwealth land, or are carried out by a Commonwealth agency (even if that significant impact is not on one of the eight matters of ‘national environmental significance’). 

A search tool is available - which will generate a report to help determine whether matters of national environmental significance or other matters protected by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 are likely to occur in your area of interest.

 

See www.environment.gov.au/epbc/pmst/index.html.

For more information contact our office on (02) 6274 1111, or see www.environment.gov.au/.

 

Date updated
05/03/2014 17:35:04