The EPBC Act and the National 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 National Heritage List, established under the EPBC Act, includes natural, historic and Indigenous places of outstanding heritage value to the nation.
The National Heritage List includes places such as:
- the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument, Queensland
- Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps (Baiames Ngunnhu), New South Wales
- Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria
- the Australian War Memorial and Anzac Parade, Australian Capital Territory
- Old and New Parliament Houses, South Australia
- Stirling Range National Park, Western Australia
- Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, Northern Territory and
- Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania.
Amendments to the EPBC Act in February 2007 established a more strategic and streamlined process for listing national heritage places. The changes will also give the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (the Minister) the option of establishing a heritage conservation theme and introducing an assessment cycle.