The EPBC Act and the Commonwealth Heritage List
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The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government's environment and heritage legislation.
The Commonwealth Heritage List, established under the EPBC Act, comprises natural, Indigenous and historic heritage places on Commonwealth lands and waters or under Australian Government control. Places on the List have been identified by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (the Minister) as having Commonwealth heritage values.
The Commonwealth Heritage List includes places such as:
- Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area, Byfield, Queensland
- Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay, New South Wales
- Melbourne General Post Office, Melbourne, Victoria
- Old Parliament House and Curtilage, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory
- Cape Wickham Lighthouse, Tasmania
- Murray Mallee - Calperum Station and Taylorville Station, South Australia
- Geraldton Customs House Complex, Geraldton, Western Australia
- Adelaide River War Cemetery, Darwin, Northern Territory and
- Mawson's Hut Historic Site, Antarctica (also in the National Heritage List)
Amendments to the EPBC Act in February 2007 established a more strategic process for listing Commonwealth Heritage Places and introduced an assessment cycle.