Notification of activities affecting listed species or ecological communities in or on a Commonwealth area

Notification is required

If you are a person who undertakes an activity that results in the unintentional death, injury, trading, taking, keeping or moving of a member of a listed threatened species (except a conservation dependent species), a member of a listed threatened ecological community, all cetacean (whale, dolphin or porpoise) species, a member of a listed migratory species, or a member of a listed marine species in or on a Commonwealth area and your activity was not authorised by a permit, then you must notify the Secretary of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities within 7 days of becoming aware of the results of your activity.

This requirement to notify applies to activities:

  • provided for, and done in accordance with, a recovery plan or a wildlife conservation plan in force under Part 13 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act); or
  • covered by an approval in operation under another Part 9 of the EPBC Act; or
  • declared by the Environment Minister as not requiring approval under Part 9 of the EPBC Act and taken in accordance with a management plan that is accredited; or
  • taken in a humane manner that are reasonably necessary to relieve or prevent suffering by a listed species or ecological community; or
  • necessary to prevent a risk to human health; or
  • necessary for the purposes of law enforcement; or
  • necessary to deal with an emergency involving a serious threat to human life or property; or
  • that occur as a result of an unavoidable accident; or
  • taken in accordance with a permit issued under regulations made under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975; or
  • provided for, and taken in accordance with, a plan or regime that is accredited under Part 13 of the EPBC Act.

Failure to notify is an offence punishable on conviction by a fine.

Notifications should be sent to:

The Secretary
Department of the Environment
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: +61 2 6274 1111
Fax: +61 2 6274 1666
Email: EPBC.Permits@environment.gov.au

Reports of interactions with listed species

Commonwealth managed fisheries

Interactions with protected species reports from October 2009 are available on the AFMA website.

Queensland managed fisheries

Western Australian managed fisheries