Department of the Environment

The Department implements Australian Government policies on the environment, heritage, water and climate action. More about the Department

The Cleaner Environment Plan

The Plan for a Cleaner Environment is central to the Australian Government's vision for a stronger Australia. The plan has four pillars – Clean Air, Clean Land, Clean Water and Heritage Protection.

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Public consultations

Over the coming weeks the Australian Government will be calling for public submissions across a range of issues.

Strategic assessment agreement signed for offshore petroleum activities

The Minister for the Environment has signed an agreement to progress a strategic assessment of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters under the national environmental law. The strategic assessment is expected to deliver regulatory efficiencies whilst maintaining the highest environmental standards.

Minamata Convention on Mercury 

Australia has become one of 92 signatory countries to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, signed in Japan on 10 October 2013. The international initiative aims to protect human health and the environment from releases of mercury and mercury compounds.

Release of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report 

The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report was released 27 September 2013. The report provides a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge on climate change.

Consultation on Varying the Threat Abatement Plan 2006 for the incidental catch (or bycatch) of seabirds during oceanic longline fishing operations

The Department is seeking input on varying the Threat Abatement Plan 2006 for the incidental catch (or bycatch) of seabirds during oceanic longline fishing operations. Comments close 31 October 2013.

Australia's legal action against Japan in the International Court of Justice

On 11 April 2013, the International Court of Justice announced its decision that oral hearings in the case will run for three weeks, from 26 June until 16 July 2013.

Free TV and Recycling now available nationally

Television and Computer Recycling Scheme services are now available across the country for householders and small businesses to drop off their unwanted TVs and computer products to be recycled, free of charge.

Sustainable Australia Report 2013 released

The National Sustainability Council has used the launch of its first public report to challenge Australians from all walks of life to become involved in a national conversation about the kind of Australia we want for ourselves and future generations.