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Federal laws and regulatory instruments

Below you will find comprehensive and up-to-date links to Federal laws and subordinate statutory instruments. If you find any gaps or out-of-date information please send us an email.

The list below includes some laws and statutory instruments administered by other agencies.

You can find an official list of all current legislation administered by the Environment Portfolio here. You can find an official list of all current subsidiary legislative instruments administered by the Environment Portfolio here.

The home page for all Commonwealth laws and subsidiary instruments is here.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984

Agriculture and Veterinary Chemicals Act

The Act and related laws and statutory instruments are administered by the Agriculture Portfolio.

Antarctic Marine Living Resources Conservation Act 1981

Antarctic Treaty Act 1960

Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980

Australian Antarctic Territory Act 1954

Australian Antarctic Territory Acceptance Act 1933

Australian Heritage Council Act 2003

Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act

Information on the ANREU is available here.

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011

Biosecurity Act 2015

The Act and a related law is administered by the Agriculture Portfolio.

Captains Flat (Abatement of Pollution) Agreement Act 1975

Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011

The CFI Act facilitates the operation of the Emissions Reduction Fund. More information is available here.

Cean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Act 2014

Climate Change Authority Act 2011

Environment Protection (Alligator Rivers Region) Act 1978

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

The Department of Environment home page for the Act is here. It provides links to information and resources including bilateral agreements, policy statements, the protected matters search tool, referrals and listings of threatened species and ecological communities.

Various legislative instruments under the EPBC Act can be found here.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Commercial Fishing Activities) Act 2012

Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981

Explosives Act 1961

This Act is administered by the Defence portfolio.

Fisheries Management Act 1991

Various Fisheres Management Act legislative instruments can be seen here.

Fishing Levy Act 1991

Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000

Gene Technology Act 2000

This Act and a related law, as well as supporting regulations, are administered by the Health Portfolio.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Environmental Management Charge-Excise) Act 1993

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Environmental Management Charge-General) Act 1993

Hazardous Wastes (Regulations of Exports and Imports) Act 1989

Heard Island and McDonald Islands Act 1953

Legislative instruments under the Act can be seen here.

Hindmarsh Island Bridge Act 1997

Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989

This Act is administered by the Health Portfolio, which also administers related Acts and regulations under the Act.

Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement Act 2001

Meteorology Act 1955

National Environment Protection Council Act 1994

National Environment Protection Measures (Implementation) Act 1998

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007

Information on the Act is available here.

National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012

The Act is administered by the Industry and Science portfolio.

Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997

Natural Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006

The Act is administered by the Industry and Science Portfolio, which also administers some related laws and regulations.

Background information, and links to state and territory laws, is available here.

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Act 1995

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Regulations 2004

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Act 1995

Product Stewardship Act 2011

Resources on product stewardship schemes operating in Australia and on other waste matters is available here.

Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000

More information on the operation of the Act is available here.

Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Large-scale Generation Shortfall Charge) Act 2000

Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Small-scale Technology Shortfall Charge) Act 2010

Sea Installations Act 1987

Sea Installations Levy Act 1987

Sewerage Agreements Act 1973

Sewerage Agreements Act 1974

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001

True-up Shortfall Levy (Excise) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Act 2014

True-up Shortfall Levy (General) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Act 2014

Water Act 2007

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (Registration Fees) Act 2013

Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area Conservation Act 1994

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