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Investigation finalised

15 July 2004

The investigation into Mr Steve Irwin's February 2004 Antarctic filming expedition has been finalised, and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has determined that no further action is required.

The Department of Environment and Heritage conducted a thorough investigation into a range of allegations. Experienced staff in the Department's Environment Investigations Unit examined whether there were breaches of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the Antarctic Treaty Environment Protection Act 1980 and the Antarctic Seals Conservation Regulations 1986.

Over an intensive three week period, investigators:

Mr Irwin, the production company and the principals of the expedition all cooperated with the investigation.

The investigation recommended that no action should be taken in respect of any of the allegations made against Mr Irwin, the production company or the principals of the expedition.

The file of the investigation and relevant evidence was referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions who agreed that the Department's recommendations were appropriate and that no proceedings should be instituted.