A Cleaner Environment

The Australian Government's Plan for a Cleaner Environment will help realise the vision of a great society by protecting and improving our environment for future generations.​

Nissen Huts on Macquarie Island.


Heritage is the things that make up Australia's identity - our spirit and ingenuity, historic buildings, and our unique, living landscapes.

Close up of lily pads.

Science and research

Science and research plays an important part in the protection of biodiversity.

Pelicans on rocks at Coorong National Park. Photo: Bruce Gray


Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms on earth - the different plants, animals and micro-organisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part.

Yeumburra, NSW.


Land is often managed for multiple benefits, such as agricultural production, biodiversity conservation, water quality, soil health and supporting human life.

Beach clean up activities in Mapoon.

Sustainable communities

Sustainability requires that the wellbeing of society - the combination of community liveability, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity - is maintained or improved over time.

Climate change

Develop climate change solutions, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and promote energy efficiency.


Fisheries assessments under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, marine bioregional plans, marine pollution, marine reserves, marine species.



The Australian Government is providing national leadership on the challenges of meeting future demand for water in a drying climate.

Environment protection

Environment assessments, EPBC Act, fuel quality, hazardous waste, National Waste Policy,  ozone and synthetic greenhouse gases, product stewardship.​

Baby red crabs, Christmas Island National Park

National Parks

We manage the Commonwealth's terrestrial protected areas, including six national parks (three jointly managed with their traditional owners) and three botanic gardens.