Department of the Environment and Water Resources, September 2007
About this fact sheet
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) establishes the National Heritage List, which includes natural, Indigenous and historic places that are of outstanding heritage value to the Australian nation. The Act also establishes the Commonwealth Heritage List, which comprises natural, Indigenous and historic places on Commonwealth lands and waters or under Australian Government control, and determined by the Minister as having Commonwealth Heritage values.
Under the Act, the Australian Heritage Council is the Australian Government’s expert advisory body on heritage matters. The Council assesses whether places nominated to either List have the appropriate heritage values, and makes recommendations to the Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts on what places should be listed. It is the Minister who makes the final decision on whether to include a place or not in the National or Commonwealth Heritage Lists.