Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

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

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.

Strategic assessment of Melbourne’s urban growth boundary

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.

Recent threatened ecological community listings

Environmental Impact Assessment Client Service Charter

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.

Strategic Assessment Prospectus

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.

2013 Proposed EPBC Act amendment – Water trigger

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.

Release of Draft Framework of Standards for Accreditation

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 Strategic Assessments: Policy Statement for EPBC Act referrals

The policy sets out the department's approach to project referrals where a relevant strategic assessment is underway or completed.

New EPBC Act environmental offsets policy

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.

Interim koala referral advice for proponents

The koala is a listed threatened species under the EPBC Act. The Interim referral advice for proponents is now available.

Flying-foxes and the EPBC Act

A new web page is now available with information about flying-foxes and national environmental law.

Strategic Assessment - Great Barrier Reef

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.

Coal seam gas and national environmental law

The department has published a new web page and frequently asked questions with information about coal seam gas and national environment law.

Gunns Bell Bay Pulp Mill

Environmental Impact Management Plan modules - includes Tarkine Emergency Listing notice.