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Environmental protection

Find information about government measures to protect Australia's environment.

Australia's biosphere reserves

Information on biosphere reserves including protected areas and surrounding lands that are managed to combine both conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

Department of the Environment and Energy

Australian Alps National Parks

Provides information about the Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks; activities, walking tracks, the nature and biodiversity and their culture and history.

Department of the Environment and Energy

Australian National Botanic Gardens

Maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The Gardens also cultivates plants threatened in the wild to protect them against extinction and provide information which might assist reintroduction to their natural habitat.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

Biosecurity Bill 2014

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New biosecurity legislation has been developed to enable better management of the risks of animal and plant pests and diseases entering Australia and potentially causing harm to people, the environment and the economy.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

Independent review to consider what management arrangements would best protect our marine environment and accommodate the many activities that Australians love to enjoy in our oceans. It was completed in December 2015.

Department of the Environment and Energy

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC)

The Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places.

Department of the Environment and Energy

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Protects the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the World Heritage Area. Find information about the Reef which attracts millions of visitors each year and offers many exciting and varied experiences,

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Invasive Plants and Animals Committee

The committee is responsible for implementing the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) and providing policy and technical advice on national weed, vertebrate pest and freshwater invertebrate pest issues..

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Kakadu National Park

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Located 240 kilometres east of Darwin in Australia’s tropical north, the Park is Australia’s largest terrestrial national park. It is managed jointly by its Aboriginal traditional owners and the Department.

Department of the Environment and Energy

National parks

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Provides information on Australia's Commonwealth national parks – Kakadu, Uluru – Kata Tjuta, Booderee, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island and Pulu Keeling – and Australia's network of Commonwealth marine reserves.

Department of the Environment and Energy

Sea dumping permits

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Permits are required for all sea dumping operations including dumping off vessels, platforms or other man-made structures and for burials at sea.  Australia has International obligations to prevent marine pollution by controlling dumping of wastes and other matter.

Department of the Environment and Energy

Species Profile and Threats Database

Provides information about species and ecological communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Department of the Environment and Energy