The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (EPBC Act) is the Commonwealth 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 — defined in the EPBC Act as matters of national environmental significance.
There nine matters of national environmental significance provided for under the EPBC Act.
A proponent will need to seek approval to undertake an action that has the potential to significantly impact a matter of national environmental significance.
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