Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s environmental legislation. It covers environmental assessment and approvals, protects significant biodiversity and integrates the management of important natural and cultural places.

If a new project on your farm is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of National Environmental Significance (such as a threatened native grassland, marine park or threatened species) you’ll need to refer the matter to the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

More information on these matters, including exemptions under the EPBC Act can be found on the Department of the Environment website.

Free advice on the EPBC Act can be obtained from the National Farmers Federation.