About the EPBC Act

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government's key piece of environmental legislation which commenced 16 July 2000.

The EPBC Act enables the Australian Government to join with the states and territories in providing a truly national scheme of environment and heritage protection and biodiversity conservation. The EPBC Act focuses Australian Government interests on the protection of matters of national environmental significance, with the states and territories having responsibility for matters of state and local significance.

The Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (the Department) administers the EPBC Act.

Objectives of the EPBC Act

The objectives of the EPBC Act are to:

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