Draft EPBC Act policy statement
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, November 2009
- Draft EPBC Act policy statement - Significant impact guidelines for 36 migratory shorebird species (PDF - 172 KB) | (RTF - 1.24 MB)
- Draft background paper to EPBC Act policy statement (PDF - 225 KB) | (Word - 615 KB)
About this draft policy statement
Thirty-six international migratory shorebird species regularly visit Australia each year. These species are listed as migratory under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Listed migratory species are a matter of national environmental significance.
This policy statement is intended to provide a guide for stakeholders in assessing the likelihood of a proposed action having a significant impact on one or more migratory shorebird species in Australia.
The policy statement should be read in conjunction with Significant impact guidelines 1.1 - matters of national environmental significance.
There may be other EPBC Act policy statements which provide further guidance.
About the public comment process
Public comments are now being sought from interested parties on the draft policy statement, particularly in relation to its usability and suggestions for improvement. We would also be interested in any new research or information on these 36 migratory shorebird species to contribute to future policy revisions.
Comments will be accepted until COB Monday 14 December 2009.
At the end of this comment period the policy will be finalised, taking into consideration any comments received. The policy will be updated as substantial new information becomes available.
Comments should be sent to:
Mail: Species Information Section
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Fax: 02 6274 2875