An introduction to Biodiversity Conservation Under Commonwealth Law

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (“the EPBC Act”) contains important mechanisms for protecting biodiversity across Australia. This fact sheet explains these mechanisms, and the extent to which they are relevant in Western Australia.

For Western Australian biodiversity laws, see Fact Sheet 8: Biodiversity conservation in Western Australia. For environmental impact assessment processes for developments which may affect biodiversity, see Fact Sheet: Environmental impact assessment in Western Australia and Fact Sheet: Commonwealth environmental impact assessment. For biodiversity protection in reserves, see Fact Sheet: Marine reserves. and Fact Sheet: Conservation Reserves.