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
On 5 September 2013 the Minister approved a class of actions for urban development in Melbourne's western, north western and northern growth corridors. This approval was given under Part 10 of the EPBC Act in relation to the strategic assessment of Melbourne's growth corridors.
- Eyre Peninsula Blue Gum (Eucalyptus petiolaris) Woodland – listed as Endangered 13 August 2013
- Wetlands and inner floodplains of the Macquarie Marshes – listed as Critically Endangered 13 August 2013
- River Murray and associated wetlands, floodplains and groundwater systems, from the junction with the Darling River to the sea – listed as Critically Endangered 10 August 2013
- Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh – listed as Vulnerable 10 August 2013
- Scott River Ironstone Association ecological community – listed as Endangered on 23 May 2013
The Environmental Impact Assessment Client Service Charter (the charter) outlines the department's commitments when undertaking Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The Australian Government is developing a plan for strategic assessments and is providing stakeholders with an opportunity to inform how future strategic assessments are prioritised. Stakeholders are also invited to submit proposals for potential strategic assessments through an expression of interest process.
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.
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.
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.
Environmental Impact Management Plan modules - includes Tarkine Emergency Listing notice.