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Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

The department is responsible for implementing the Australian Government's policies to protect our environment and heritage, and to promote a sustainable way of life. More about the department

Great Barrier Reef: protecting its future

This video highlights the important work being undertaken by the Commonwealth and Queensland State Government and many local communities and organisations to protect the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

New EPBC Act environmental offsets policy

As part of the National Environment Law Reform agenda, this policy provides upfront guidance on the role of offsets in environmental impact assessments under the EPBC Act, and how the department considers the suitability of a proposed offset.

The 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

Celebrated on 16 September every year to commemorate the signing in 1987 of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, also known as the Montreal Protocol.

Nominating Places to the National Heritage List - A Guide for Indigenous Communities

This Guide is for Indigenous communities who are interested in nominating their special places to the National Heritage List.

Notice by Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council under Section 43A(7) Of the Water Act 2007

The Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council comments on the Altered Proposed Basin Plan.

National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Scheme recycling drop off points for televisions and computers have started to roll out across Australia. Further drop off points and recycling events will gradually roll out over the next 18 months in metropolitan, regional and remote areas.

Proposed amendments to the water market and charge rules

Amendments are proposed to the Water Market Rules 2009 and the Water Charge (Termination Fees) Rules 2009 to address technical issues that arose during implementation. The amendments provide clarity for irrigation infrastructure operators and irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin about how the rules operate.

The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area - UNESCO State of Conservation report

The World Heritage Committee has accepted a draft decision on the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area released by UNESCO at the 2012 World Heritage Committee meeting (24 June - 6 July).

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