What is protected under the EPBC Act?

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 the Environment (the Minister). The Minister will decide whether assessment and approval is required under the EPBC Act.

The nine matters of national environmental significance protected under the EPBC Act are:

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.

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