Matters of national environmental significance
Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), actions that have, or are likely to have, a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance require approval from the Australian Government Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (the minister). The minister will decide whether assessment and approval is required under the EPBC Act.
The eight matters of national environmental significance protected under the EPBC Act are:
- world heritage properties
- national heritage places
- wetlands of international importance (listed under the Ramsar Convention)
- listed threatened species and ecological communities
- migratory species protected under international agreements
- Commonwealth marine areas
- the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- nuclear actions (including uranium mines)
Other matters protected
- The environment, where actions proposed are on, or will affect Commonwealth land and the environment.
- The environment, where Commonwealth agencies are proposing to take an action.