EPBC Act policy statements

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) policy statements are the Department's public policy documents which provide guidance on the practical application of EPBC Act. The policy statements include:

EPBC Act policies and guidelines - general

Significant impact guidelines

The significant impact guidelines provide over arching guidance on determining whether an action is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance protected by the EPBC Act. These guidelines replace the EPBC Act administrative guidelines on significance (July 2000).

Industry guidelines

Industry guidelines provide specific guidance for industry sectors and should be read in conjunction with the significant impact guidelines.

Information on listed ecological communities

Nationally threatened ecological communities guidelines provide guidance on specific threatened ecological communities and should be read in conjunction with the significant impact guidelines.

Guidelines for EPBC Act listed species

Nationally threatened species guidelines provide guidance on specific threatened species and should be read in conjunction with the significant impact guidelines.

Regional guidelines

Policy Statements for regions provide area focused guidance for matters of national environmental significance and should be read in conjunction with the significant impact guidelines - maters of national environmental significance.

Survey Guidelines for Nationally Threatened Species

Survey guidelines provide advice on survey techniques for specific threatened species and give guidance on the Department's expectations with regard to surveys, and should be read in conjunction with the significant impact guidelines.

Advice in marine bioregional plans

Marine bioregional plans provide advice on the risk of significant impact of certain actions proposed for some Commonwealth marine areas and associated marine species. The plans also provide regional context, identifying conservation values, pressures operating in the region and priorities for conservation and protection. The plans should be read in conjuction with the significant impact guidelines.