Western Australia has a coastline of 12,500 kilometres and a land area of almost 2.6 million square kilometres. Within this vast region, the State is host to a diverse range of environments and native species of plants and animals, and the south west botanical province is classified as one of only 25 “biodiversity hotspots” on Earth. The State’s environmental laws play an important part in protecting Western Australia’s environment.

This fact sheet provides an overview of environmental regulation in Western Australia, including an examination of the roles of Commonwealth, State and local governments.

This fact sheet is intended for information purposes only. If you require advice about a specific issue, please contact the EDO. This fact sheet is current as at March 2011. It is possible that changes to the law have been made since this time.