EPBC Act fact sheet
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, March 2007
About this fact sheet
New provisions have been added into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) relating to the detention of persons suspected of being unauthorised non-citizens who have committed offences against the EPBC Act or its regulations. These provisions will enable the EPBC Act to be enforced in Australia's maritime jurisdiction and non self-governing external Territories to protect Commonwealth reserves, such as Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve, and precious marine species, including turtles, dolphins and dugong.