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. More about the EPBC Act
The Australian Government is introducing an amendment to Australia's national environment law to provide that water resources are a matter of national environmental significance, in relation to coal seam gas and large coal mining development.
The Australian Government today released the draft Framework of Standards for Accreditation under the national environment law. The draft framework of environmental standards underpins the Australian Government’s approach to the environmental reform process and has been released so feedback can be obtained from stakeholders ahead of their finalisation.
New ecological community listing.
New ecological community listing.
New ecological community listing.
The policy sets out the department's approach to project referrals where a relevant strategic assessment is underway or completed.
As part of the National Environment Law Reform agenda, this policy provides upfront guidance on the role of offsets in environmental impact assessments under the EPBC Act, and how the department considers the suitability of a proposed offset.
Nationally threatened grassland ecological communities: Natural Grassland on Basalt and Fine-textured Alluvial Plains of Northern NSW and Southern QLD and Natural Grassland of the Queensland Central Highlands and Northern Fitzroy Basin.
This booklet is designed to assist land managers, owners and occupiers as well as environmental assessment officers, consultants and the general public to identify, assess and manage the Natural Grasslands on Basalt and Fine-textured Alluvial Plains of Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland and the Natural Grasslands of the Queensland Central Highlands and the Northern Fitzroy Basin.
A 36 year old Japanese national male has been fined $3000 and sentenced to six months imprisonment after attempting to illegally export nine shingleback skinks from Perth to Japan late last year.
Since European settlement, most of the Natural Grasslands of the Murray Valley Plains have been cleared, invaded by weeds, or otherwise degraded such that few remnants remain in good condition. Those that remain in good condition are protected under Australia's national environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), as a critically endangered ecological community on 8 September 2012.
Since European settlement, a large amount of the Upland Basalt Eucalypt Forests in the Sydney Basin Bioregion ecological community has been threatened or degraded by clearing, fragmentation, grazing and weed incursion. The patches that remain in good condition are now protected under Australia's national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), as an endangered ecological community.
Public comments from interested parties are invited on the draft terms of reference for the preparation of a report on the impacts of actions on matters of national environmental significance.
Communities for communities is a newsletter which will help keep you informed about threatened ecological communities nominated for listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) and related information available on the department's web site. In this issue: five new threatened ecological communities listed under the EPBC Act, five new threatened species listed under national environment law - four upgraded, and more...
Property developers in western Sydney's Eastern Creek and in Tamworth have agreed to pay $200,000 and $184,000 respectively in 'enforceable undertakings' for illegal land clearing.
Australian Government Response to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee Report
The Minister has tabled the Australian Government Response to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee Report: Operations of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (First, Second and Final Reports).
Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grasslands of South-Eastern Australia
This publication is designed to assist land managers, owners and occupiers as well as environmental assessment officers, consultants and the general public to identify, assess and manage this nationally threatened ecological community. This ecological community was listed as endangered in March 2010, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
A new policy statement concerning referrals for urban development near Melbourne has been published. The policy applies to certain projects outside Melbourne's growth areas for which some of the approaches developed for the Melbourne strategic assessment can be applied.
The koala is a listed threatened species under the EPBC Act. The Interim referral advice for proponents is now available.
A new web page is now available with information about flying-foxes and national environmental law.
The Australian Government, including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and the Queensland Government have formally agreed to undertake a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone.
The department has published a new web page and frequently asked questions with information about coal seam gas and national environment law.
A proposal by the Victorian Government to reintroduce cattle to the National Heritage listed Alpine National Park in Victoria has been determined to be clearly unacceptable under national environmental law and will not proceed.
- Grazing proposal in Victorian Alpine National Park clearly unacceptable – media release 31 January 2012
- Investigation of fuel and bushfire risk management using strategic cattle grazing
- Referral Decision Brief - Investigation of Fuel and Bushfire Management in Victoria's High Country Using Strategic Cattle Grazing (PDF - 56 KB) | (Word - 47 KB)
Public consultation for proposed urban and commercial development on a 850 hectare site at West Menai, Sydney, NSW was held between 14 December 2011 and 29 February 2012. The proposal includes conservation of 514 hectares of the site to protect matters of national environmental significance. More information is available at:
Public comments can be viewed at:
A New South Wales mining company has committed to pay $1.45 million after causing damage to a nationally threatened ecological community. An investigation by the federal environment department found that the long wall coal mining operations of Centennial Coal on the Newnes Plateau, near Lithgow, New South Wales, had caused a significant impact on the endangered Temperate highland peat swamps on sandstone ecological community.
Nationally Threatened Ecological Communities of the Victorian Volcanic Plain: Natural Temperate Grassland & Grassy Eucalypt Woodland
This publication updates the previous policy statement for the Natural Temperate Grasslands of the Victorian Volcanic Plain ecological community. This new version includes information about other nationally threatened ecological communities in the Victorian Volcanic Plain, notably the Grassy Eucalypt Woodland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain.
A private landowner will have to repair environmental damage caused by unauthorised land clearing at Warren in the NSW Central West.
Singleton Council will have to repair environmental damage caused by unauthorised land clearing at Jerrys Plains Cemetery in the Hunter Valley.
The Environment Minister, has released an independent expert report into recently approved coal seam gas operations in South East Queensland.
The fact sheet aims to provide guidance on the EPBC Act and its role in regulating bushfire prevention and management.
A nationally threatened ecological community Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Policy Statement 3.31
Environmental Impact Management Plan modules - includes Tarkine Emergency Listing notice.