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ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ACT 1999


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

            

CHAPTER 1--Preliminary
            

   PART 1--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Short title  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Objects of Act  
   3A.     Principles of ecologically sustainable development  
   4.      Act to bind Crown  
   5.      Application of Act  
   6.      Extended application of Act to match extended management of fisheries under the Fisheries Management Act 1991  
   7.      Application of the Criminal Code  
   8.      Native title rights not affected  
   9.      Relationship with other Acts  
   10.     Relationship with State law  
            

CHAPTER 2--Protecting the environment
            

   PART 2--SIMPLIFIED OUTLINE OF THIS CHAPTER

   11.     Simplified outline of this Chapter  

   PART 3--REQUIREMENTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVALS

           Division 1--Requirements relating to matters of national environmental significance

              Subdivision A--World Heritage

   12.     Requirement for approval of activities with a significant impact on a declared World Heritage property  
   13.     What is a declared World Heritage property?  
   14.     Declaring a property to be a declared World Heritage property  
   15.     Amending or revoking a declaration of a declared World Heritage property  
   15A.    Offences relating to declared World Heritage properties  

              Subdivision AA--National Heritage

   15B.    Requirement for approval of activities with a significant impact on a National Heritage place  
   15C.    Offences relating to National Heritage places  

              Subdivision B--Wetlands of international importance

   16.     Requirement for approval of activities with a significant impact on a declared Ramsar wetland  
   17.     What is a declared Ramsar wetland?  
   17A.    Making and revoking declarations of wetlands  
   17B.    Offences relating to declared Ramsar wetlands  

              Subdivision C--Listed threatened species and communities

   18.     Actions with significant impact on listed threatened species or endangered community prohibited without approval  
   18A.    Offences relating to threatened species etc.  
   19.     Certain actions relating to listed threatened species and listed threatened ecological communities not prohibited  

              Subdivision D--Listed migratory species

   20.     Requirement for approval of activities with a significant impact on a listed migratory species  
   20A.    Offences relating to listed migratory species  
   20B.    Certain actions relating to listed migratory species not prohibited  

              Subdivision E--Protection of the environment from nuclear actions

   21.     Requirement for approval of nuclear actions  
   22.     What is a nuclear action?  
   22A.    Offences relating to nuclear actions  

              Subdivision F--Marine environment

   23.     Requirement for approval of activities involving the marine environment  
   24.     What is a Commonwealth marine area?  
   24A.    Offences relating to marine areas  

              Subdivision FA--Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

   24B.    Requirement for approval of activities in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park  
   24C.    Offences relating to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park  

              Subdivision FB--Protection of water resources from coal seam gas development and large coal mining development

   24D.    Requirement for approval of developments with a significant impact on water resources  
   24E.    Offences relating to water resources  

              Subdivision G--Additional matters of national environmental significance

   25.     Requirement for approval of prescribed actions  

              Subdivision H--Actions that are taken to be covered by this Division

   25A.    Actions that are taken to be covered by this Division  

              Subdivision HA--Limitation on liability for actions of third parties

   25AA.   Limitation on liability for actions of third parties  

              Subdivision I--Evidentiary certificates

   25B.    Evidentiary certificates  
   25C.    Certificate to be given to person  
   25D.    Evidentiary effect of certificate  
   25E.    Variation of certificate  
   25F.    Revocation of certificate  

           Division 2--Protection of the environment from proposals involving the Commonwealth

              Subdivision A--Protection of environment from actions involving Commonwealth land

   26.     Requirement for approval of activities involving Commonwealth land  
   27.     What is Commonwealth land?  
   27A.    Offences relating to Commonwealth land  

              Subdivision AA--Protection of Commonwealth Heritage places outside the Australian jurisdiction

   27B.    Requirement for approval of actions with significant impact on Commonwealth Heritage places overseas  
   27C.    Offences relating to Commonwealth Heritage places overseas  

              Subdivision B--Protection of the environment from Commonwealth actions

   28.     Requirement for approval of activities of Commonwealth agencies significantly affecting the environment  

              Subdivision C--Actions that are taken to be covered by this Division

   28AA.   Actions that are taken to be covered by this Division  

              Subdivision D--Limitation on liability for actions of third parties

   28AB.   Limitation on liability for actions of third parties  

   PART 4--CASES IN WHICH ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVALS ARE NOT NEEDED

           Division 1--Actions covered by bilateral agreements

   29.     Actions declared by agreement not to need approval  
   30.     Extended operation in State and Northern Territory waters  
   31.     Extended operation in non-self-governing Territories  

           Division 2--Actions covered by Ministerial declarations and accredited management arrangements or accredited authorisation processes

              Subdivision A--Effect of declarations

   32.     Actions declared by Minister not to need approval  

              Subdivision B--Making declarations

   33.     Making declaration that actions do not need approval under Part 9  
   34.     What is matter protected by a provision of Part 3?  

              Subdivision C--Prerequisites for making declarations

   34A.    Minister may only make declaration if prescribed criteria are met  
   34B.    Declarations relating to declared World Heritage properties  
   34BA.   Declarations relating to National Heritage places  
   34C.    Declarations relating to declared Ramsar wetlands  
   34D.    Declarations relating to listed threatened species and ecological communities  
   34E.    Declarations relating to migratory species  
   34F.    Declarations relating to Commonwealth Heritage places  

              Subdivision D--Other rules about declarations

   35.     Revoking declarations  
   36.     Other rules about declarations  
   36A.    Minor amendments of accredited management arrangement or accredited authorisation process  

           Division 3--Actions covered by Ministerial declarations and bioregional plans

              Subdivision A--Effect of declarations

   37.     Actions declared by Minister not to need approval  

              Subdivision B--Making declarations

   37A.    Making declarations that actions do not need approval under Part 9  

              Subdivision C--Prerequisites for making declarations

   37B.    General considerations  
   37C.    Minister may make declaration only if prescribed criteria are met  
   37D.    Declarations relating to declared World Heritage properties  
   37E.    Declarations relating to National Heritage places  
   37F.    Declarations relating to declared Ramsar wetlands  
   37G.    Declarations relating to listed threatened species and ecological communities  
   37H.    Declarations relating to listed migratory species  
   37J.    No declarations relating to nuclear actions  

              Subdivision D--Other rules about declarations

   37K.    Revoking declarations  
   37L.    Other rules about declarations  

           Division 3A--Actions covered by conservation agreements

   37M.    Actions declared by conservation agreement not to need approval  

           Division 4--Forestry operations in certain regions

              Subdivision A--Regions covered by regional forest agreements

   38.     Part 3 not to apply to certain RFA forestry operations  

              Subdivision B--Regions subject to a process of negotiating a regional forest agreement

   39.     Object of this Subdivision  
   40.     Forestry operations in regions not yet covered by regional forest agreements  
   41.     What is an RFA region?  

              Subdivision C--Limits on application

   42.     This Division does not apply to some forestry operations  

           Division 5--Actions in the

   43.     Actions taken in accordance with zoning plan  

           Division 6----Actions with prior authorisation

   43A.    Actions with prior authorisation  
   43B.    Actions which are lawful continuations of use of land etc.  
            

CHAPTER 3--Bilateral agreements
            

   PART 5--BILATERAL AGREEMENTS

           Division 1--Object of Part

   44.     Object of this Part  

           Division 2--Making bilateral agreements

              Subdivision A--Power to make bilateral agreements

   45.     Minister may make agreement  
   46.     Agreement may declare actions do not need approval under Part 9  
   47.     Agreement may declare classes of actions do not need assessment  
   48.     Other provisions of bilateral agreements  
   48A.    Mandatory provisions  
   49.     Certain limits on scope of bilateral agreements  

              Subdivision B--Prerequisites for making bilateral agreements

   49A.    Consultation on draft agreement  
   50.     Minister may only enter into agreement if prescribed criteria are met  
   51.     Agreements relating to declared World Heritage properties  
   51A.    Agreements relating to National Heritage places  
   52.     Agreements relating to declared Ramsar wetlands  
   53.     Agreements relating to listed threatened species and ecological communities  
   54.     Agreements relating to migratory species  
   55.     Agreements relating to nuclear actions  
   56.     Agreements relating to prescribed actions  

              Subdivision C--Minor amendments of bilateral agreements

   56A.    Ministerial determination of minor amendments to bilateral agreements  

           Division 3--Suspending and ending the effect of bilateral agreements

              Subdivision A--Suspension and cancellation of effect

   57.     Representations about suspension or cancellation  
   58.     Consultation before cancellation or suspension  
   59.     Suspension or cancellation  
   60.     Emergency suspension of effect of bilateral agreement  
   61.     Cancellation during suspension  
   62.     Revocation of notice of suspension or cancellation  
   63.     Cancellation or suspension at request of other party  
   64.     Cancellation or suspension of bilateral agreement does not affect certain actions  

              Subdivision B--Expiry of bilateral agreements

   65.     Expiry and review of bilateral agreements  
   65A.    Expiry of bilateral agreement does not affect certain actions  
            

CHAPTER 4--Environmental assessments and approvals
            

   PART 6--SIMPLIFIED OUTLINE OF THIS CHAPTER

   66.     Simplified outline of this Chapter  

   PART 7--DECIDING WHETHER APPROVAL OF ACTIONS IS NEEDED

           Division 1--Referral of proposals to take action

   67.     What is a controlled action?  
   67A.    Prohibition on taking controlled action without approval  
   68.     Referral by person proposing to take action  
   68A.    Actions proposed to be taken under a contract etc.  
   69.     State or Territory may refer proposal to Minister  
   70.     Minister may request referral of proposal  
   71.     Commonwealth agency may refer proposal to Minister  
   72.     Form and content of referrals  
   73.     Informing person proposing to take action of referral  
   73A.    Informing Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority of proposal affecting Great Barrier Reef Marine Park  
   74.     Inviting provision of information on referred proposal  
   74A.    Minister may request referral of a larger action  
   74AA.   Offence of taking action before decision made in relation to referral etc.  

           Division 1A--Decision that action is clearly unacceptable

   74B.    Application of this Division  
   74C.    Informing person proposing to take action that action is clearly unacceptable  
   74D.    Procedure if Minister is requested to reconsider referral  

           Division 2--Ministerial decision whether action needs approval

   75.     Does the proposed action need approval?  
   76.     Minister may request more information for making decisions  
   77.     Notice and reasons for decision  
   77A.    Action to be taken in a particular manner  

           Division 3--Reconsideration of decisions

   78.     Reconsideration of decision  
   78A.    Request for reconsideration of decision by person other than State or Territory Minister  
   78B.    Minister must inform interested persons of request and invite comments  
   78C.    Minister must reconsider decision and give notice of outcome  
   79.     Reconsideration of decision on request by a State or Territory  

   PART 8--ASSESSING IMPACTS OF CONTROLLED ACTIONS

           Division 1--Simplified outline of this Part

   80.     Simplified outline of this Part  

           Division 2--Application of this Part

   81.     Application  
   82.     What are the relevant impacts of an action?  
   83.     This Part does not apply if action covered by bilateral agreement  
   84.     This Part does not apply if action covered by declaration  

           Division 3--Decision on assessment approach

              Subdivision A--Simplified outline of this Division

   85.     Simplified outline of this Division  

              Subdivision B--Deciding on approach for assessment

   87.     Minister must decide on approach for assessment  
   88.     Timing of decision on assessment approach  
   89.     Minister may request more information for making decision  
   90.     Directing an inquiry after starting an assessment  
   91.     Notice of decision on assessment approach  

           Division 3A--Assessment on referral information

   92.     Application of this Division  
   93.     Recommendation report  

           Division 4--Assessment on preliminary documentation

   94.     Application of this Division  
   95.     Direction to publish referral information and invitation to comment--no further information required  
   95A.    Direction to publish referral information and invitation to comment--further information required  
   95B.    Procedure after end of period for comment  
   95C.    Recommendation report  

           Division 5--Public environment reports

   96.     Application  
   96A.    Minister must give designated proponent written guidelines for preparation of draft public environment report  
   96B.    Standard guidelines  
   97.     Tailored guidelines  
   98.     Designated proponent must invite comment on draft public environment report  
   99.     Finalising public environment report  
   100.    Recommendation report  

           Division 6--Environmental impact statements

   101.    Application  
   101A.   Minister must give designated proponent written guidelines for preparation of draft environmental impact statement  
   101B.   Standard guidelines  
   102.    Tailored guidelines  
   103.    Designated proponent must invite comment on draft environmental impact statement  
   104.    Finalising environmental impact statement  
   105.    Recommendation report  

           Division 7--Inquiries

              Subdivision A--Preliminary

   106.    Simplified outline  

              Subdivision B--Establishment of inquiries

   107.    Appointing commissioners and setting terms of reference  
   108.    Publicising inquiry  

              Subdivision C--Conduct of inquiries

   109.    Procedure of inquiries  
   110.    Inquiry to be public  
   111.    Calling witnesses  
   112.    Dealing with witnesses  
   113.    Dealing with documents given to commission  
   114.    Inspections of land, buildings and places  
   115.    Entering premises by consent  
   116.    Entering premises under warrant  
   117.    Warrants by telephone or other electronic means  
   118.    Identity cards  
   119.    Contempt  
   120.    Protection of commissioners and witnesses  

              Subdivision D--Inquiry reports

   121.    Timing of report  
   122.    Publication of report  

              Subdivision E--Commissioners' terms and conditions

   123.    Basis of appointment  
   124.    Remuneration  
   125.    Leave of absence  
   126.    Resignation  
   127.    Termination of appointment  
   128.    Disclosure of interests  
   129.    Other terms and conditions  

   PART 9--APPROVAL OF ACTIONS

           Division 1--Decisions on approval and conditions

              Subdivision A--General

   130.    Timing of decision on approval  
   131.    Inviting comments from other Ministers before decision  
   131AA.  Inviting comments before decision from person proposing to take action and designated proponent  
   131AB.  Minister must obtain advice from Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development  
   131A.   Inviting public comment before decision  
   132.    Requesting further information for approval decision  
   132A.   Requesting notice from appropriate State or Territory Minister about certain actions  
   132B.   Election to have an action management plan approved after approval of the taking of an action granted  
   133.    Grant of approval  
   134.    Conditions of approval  
   134A.   Inviting public comment before approving action management plan  
   135.    Certain approvals and conditions must not give preference  
   135A.   Publication of recommendation reports  

              Subdivision B--Considerations for approvals and conditions

   136.    General considerations  
   137.    Requirements for decisions about World Heritage  
   137A.   Requirements for decisions about National Heritage places  
   138.    Requirements for decisions about Ramsar wetlands  
   139.    Requirements for decisions about threatened species and endangered communities  
   140.    Requirements for decisions about migratory species  
   140A.   No approval for certain nuclear installations  

           Division 2--Requirement to comply with conditions

   142.    Compliance with conditions on approval  
   142A.   Offence of breaching conditions on approval  
   142B.   Strict liability offence for breach of approval condition  

           Division 3--Variation of conditions and suspension and revocation of approvals

   143.    Variation of conditions attached to approval  
   143A.   Variation of action management plan  
   144.    Suspension of approval  
   145.    Revocation of approval  
   145A.   Reinstating suspended or revoked approval  

           Division 4--Transfer of approvals

   145B.   Transfer with Minister's consent  

           Division 5--Extension of period of effect of approval

   145C.   Application to Minister to extend period of effect of approval  
   145D.   Minister must decide whether or not to extend approval period  
   145E.   Minister may request further information for making decision  

   PART 10--STRATEGIC ASSESSMENTS

           Division 1--Strategic assessments generally

              Subdivision A--Assessment of actions to be taken in accordance with policy, plan or program

   146.    Minister may agree on strategic assessment  

              Subdivision B--Approval of taking of actions in accordance with endorsed policy, plan or program

   146A.   Definition  
   146B.   Minister may approve taking of actions in accordance with endorsed policy, plan or program  
   146C.   Inviting comments from other Ministers before deciding whether or not to approve taking of actions in accordance with endorsed policy, plan or program  
   146D.   Effect of approval of taking of actions in accordance with endorsed policy, plan or program  

              Subdivision C--Considerations for approving taking of actions in accordance with endorsed policy, plan or program

   146E.   Minister must comply with this Subdivision  
   146F.   General considerations  
   146G.   Approvals relating to declared World Heritage properties  
   146H.   Approvals relating to National Heritage places  
   146J.   Approvals relating to declared Ramsar wetlands  
   146K.   Approvals relating to listed threatened species and ecological communities  
   146L.   Approvals relating to listed migratory species  
   146M.   No approvals relating to nuclear actions  

           Division 2--Assessment of Commonwealth-managed fisheries

   147.    Simplified outline of this Division  
   148.    Assessment before management plan is determined  
   149.    Assessment before determination that no plan required  
   150.    Assessment of all fisheries without plans must be started within 5 years  
   151.    Assessment of all Torres Strait fisheries to be started within 5 years  
   152.    Further assessment if impacts greater than previously assessed  
   153.    Minister must make declaration if he or she endorses plan or policy  
   154.    This Division does not limit Division 1  

   PART 11--MISCELLANEOUS RULES ABOUT ASSESSMENTS AND APPROVALS

           Division 1--Rules about timing

   155.    This Chapter ceases to apply to lapsed proposals  
   156.    General rules about time limits  

           Division 1A--Variation of proposals to take actions

   156A.   Request to vary proposal to take an action  
   156B.   Minister must decide whether or not to accept a varied proposal  
   156C.   Minister may request further information in relation to a varied proposal  
   156D.   Effect of Minister's decision to accept or not accept a varied proposal  
   156E.   Notice of decision  

           Division 1B--Change of person proposing to take action

   156F.   Change of person proposing to take action  

           Division 2--Actions in area offshore from a State or the

   157.    Actions treated as though they were in a State or the Northern Territory  

           Division 3--Exemptions

   158.    Exemptions from Part 3 and this Chapter  

           Division 3A--Approval process decisions not affected by listing events that happen after section 75 decision made

   158A.   Approval process decisions not affected by listing events that happen after section 75 decision made  

           Division 4--Application of Chapter to actions that are not controlled actions

              Subdivision A--Minister's advice on authorising actions

   159.    Simplified outline of this Subdivision  
   160.    Requirement to take account of Minister's advice  
   161.    Seeking the Minister's advice  
   161A.   Minister may decide that advice is not required  
   161B.   Certain provisions of other Acts not to apply if Minister decides that advice is not required  
   162.    Assessment of the action  
   163.    Providing advice  
   164.    Reporting on response to advice  

              Subdivision C--Assessment under agreement with State or Territory

   166.    This Subdivision applies if Ministers agree it should  
   167.    Making an agreement  
   168.    Content of an agreement  
   169.    Application of a Division of Part 8  
   170.    Application of Subdivision A of Division 1 of Part 10  

           Division 5--Publication of information relating to assessments

   170A.   Publication of information relating to assessments  
   170B.   Information critical to protecting matters of national environmental significance not to be disclosed  
   170BA.  Designated proponent may request Minister to permit commercial-in-confidence information not to be disclosed  

           Division 6--Withdrawal of referrals

   170C.   Withdrawal of referral of proposal to take an action  

           Division 7--Miscellaneous

   170CA.  Fees  
            

CHAPTER 5--Conservation of biodiversity and heritage
            

   PART 11A--INTERPRETATION

   170D.   References to business days are references to Canberra business days  

   PART 12--IDENTIFYING AND MONITORING BIODIVERSITY AND MAKING BIOREGIONAL PLANS

           Division 1--Identifying and monitoring biodiversity

   171.    Identifying and monitoring biodiversity  
   172.    Inventories of listed threatened species etc. on Commonwealth land  
   173.    Surveys of cetaceans, listed threatened species etc. in Commonwealth marine areas  
   174.    Inventories and surveys to be updated  

           Division 2--Bioregional plans

   176.    Bioregional plans  
   177.    Obligations under this Act unaffected by lack of bioregional plans  

   PART 13--SPECIES AND COMMUNITIES

           Division 1--Listed threatened species and ecological communities

              Subdivision A--Listing

   178.    Listing of threatened species  
   179.    Categories of threatened species  
   180.    Native species of marine fish  
   181.    Listing of threatened ecological communities  
   182.    Critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable communities  
   183.    Listing of key threatening processes  
   184.    Minister may amend lists  
   186.    Amending list of threatened native species  
   187.    Amending list of ecological communities  
   188.    Amending list of key threatening processes  
   189.    Minister must consider advice from Scientific Committee  
   189A.   Certain information may be kept confidential  
   189B.   Disclosure of Scientific Committee's assessments and advice  
   190.    Scientific Committee may provide advice about species or communities becoming threatened  
   192.    Rediscovery of threatened species that were extinct  
   193.    Species posing a serious threat to human health  
   194.    Lists must be publicly available  

              Subdivision AA--The nomination and listing process

   194A.   Simplified outline  
   194B.   Definitions  
   194C.   Meaning of assessment period  
   194D.   Minister may determine conservation themes for an assessment period  
   194E.   Minister to invite nominations for each assessment period  
   194F.   Minister to give nominations to Scientific Committee  
   194G.   Scientific Committee to prepare proposed priority assessment list  
   194H.   Matters to be included in proposed priority assessment list  
   194J.   Statement to be given to Minister with proposed priority assessment list  
   194K.   The finalised priority assessment list  
   194L.   Publication of finalised priority assessment list  
   194M.   Scientific Committee to invite comments on items in finalised priority assessment list  
   194N.   Scientific Committee to assess items on finalised priority assessment list and give assessments to Minister  
   194P.   Time by which assessments to be provided to Minister  
   194Q.   Decision about inclusion of an item in the Subdivision A List  
   194R.   Scientific Committee may obtain advice  
   194S.   Co-ordination with Australian Heritage Council--Committee undertaking assessment  
   194T.   Co-ordination with Australian Heritage Council--Committee given assessment to Minister  

              Subdivision B--Permit system

   195.    Subdivision does not apply to cetaceans  
   196.    Killing or injuring member of listed threatened species or community  
   196A.   Strict liability for killing or injuring member of listed threatened species or community  
   196B.   Taking etc. member of listed threatened species or community  
   196C.   Strict liability for taking etc. member of listed threatened species or community  
   196D.   Trading etc. member of listed threatened species or community taken in Commonwealth area  
   196E.   Strict liability for trading etc. member of listed threatened species or community taken in Commonwealth area  
   196F.   Aggravated offence--member of listed threatened species that is a dugong or turtle  
   197.    Certain actions are not offences  
   198.    Operation of sections 18 and 18A not affected  
   199.    Failing to notify taking of listed threatened species or listed ecological community  
   200.    Application for permits  
   201.    Minister may issue permits  
   202.    Conditions of permits  
   203.    Contravening conditions of a permit  
   204.    Authorities under permits  
   205.    Transfer of permits  
   206.    Suspension or cancellation of permits  
   206A.   Review of decisions about permits  
   207.    Fees  

              Subdivision BA--Protecting critical habitat

   207A.   Register of critical habitat  
   207B.   Offence of knowingly damaging critical habitat  
   207C.   Sale or lease of Commonwealth land containing critical habitat  

              Subdivision C--Miscellaneous

   208A.   Minister may accredit plans, regimes or policies  
   208.    Regulations  

           Division 2--Migratory species

              Subdivision A--Listing

   209.    Listed migratory species  

              Subdivision B--Permit system

   210.    Subdivision does not apply to members of listed threatened species or cetaceans  
   211.    Killing or injuring member of listed migratory species  
   211A.   Strict liability for killing or injuring member of listed migratory species  
   211B.   Taking etc. member of listed migratory species  
   211C.   Strict liability for taking etc. member of listed migratory species  
   211D.   Trading etc. member of listed migratory species taken in Commonwealth area  
   211E.   Strict liability for trading etc. member of listed migratory species taken in Commonwealth area  
   211F.   Aggravated offence--member of listed migratory species that is a dugong or turtle  
   212.    Certain actions are not offences  
   213.    Operation of sections 20 and 20A not affected  
   214.    Failing to notify taking etc. of listed migratory species  
   215.    Application for permits  
   216.    Minister may issue permits  
   217.    Conditions of permits  
   218.    Contravening conditions of a permit  
   219.    Authorities under permits  
   220.    Transfer of permits  
   221.    Suspension or cancellation of permits  
   221A.   Review of decisions about permits  
   222.    Fees  

              Subdivision C--Miscellaneous

   222A.   Minister may accredit plans, regimes or policies  
   223.    Regulations  

           Division 3--Whales and other cetaceans

              Subdivision A--Application of Division

   224.    Application of Division  

              Subdivision B--Australian Whale Sanctuary and important cetacean habitat areas

   225.    Australian Whale Sanctuary  
   226.    Prescribed waters  
   227.    Coastal waters  
   228.    Minister may make declaration for coastal waters  
   228A.   Important cetacean habitat areas  

              Subdivision C--Offences

   229.    Killing or injuring a cetacean  
   229A.   Strict liability for killing or injuring a cetacean  
   229B.   Intentionally taking etc. a cetacean  
   229C.   Strict liability for taking etc. a cetacean  
   229D.   Treating cetaceans  
   230.    Possession of cetaceans  
   231.    Certain actions are not offences  
   232.    Action to be taken on killing etc. cetaceans  

              Subdivision E--Miscellaneous offences

   236.    Offences relating to foreign whaling vessels  

              Subdivision F--Permit system

   237.    Application for permits  
   238.    Minister may issue permits  
   239.    Conditions of permits  
   240.    Contravening conditions of a permit  
   241.    Authorities under permits  
   242.    Transfer of permits  
   243.    Suspension or cancellation of permits  
   243A.   Review of decisions about permits  
   244.    Fees  

              Subdivision G--Miscellaneous

   245.    Minister may accredit plans, regimes or policies  
   246.    Vesting of whales in Commonwealth  
   247.    Regulations  

           Division 4--Listed marine species

              Subdivision A--Listing

   248.    Listed marine species  
   249.    Minister may amend list  
   250.    Adding marine species to the list  
   251.    Minister must consider advice from Scientific Committee  
   252.    Minister to make lists available to the public  

              Subdivision B--Permit system

   253.    Subdivision does not apply to members of certain species and cetaceans  
   254.    Killing or injuring member of listed marine species  
   254A.   Strict liability for killing or injuring member of listed marine species  
   254B.   Taking etc. member of listed marine species  
   254C.   Strict liability for taking etc. member of listed marine species  
   254D.   Trading etc. member of listed marine species taken in Commonwealth area  
   254E.   Strict liability for trading etc. member of listed marine species taken in Commonwealth area  
   254F.   Aggravated offence--member of listed marine species that is a dugong or turtle  
   255.    Certain actions are not offences  
   256.    Failing to notify taking etc. of listed marine wildlife  
   257.    Application for permits  
   258.    Minister may issue permits  
   259.    Conditions of permits  
   260.    Contravening conditions of a permit  
   261.    Authorities under permits  
   262.    Transfer of permits  
   263.    Suspension or cancellation of permits  
   263A.   Review of decisions about permits  
   264.    Fees  

              Subdivision C--Miscellaneous

   265.    Minister may accredit plans, regimes or policies  
   266.    Regulations  
            

CHAPTER 5---Conservation of biodiversity and heritage
            

   PART 13--SPECIES AND COMMUNITIES

           Division 5--Conservation advice, recovery plans, threat abatement plans and wildlife conservation plans

              Subdivision AA--Approved conservation advice

   266B.   Approved conservation advice for listed threatened species and listed threatened ecological communities  

              Subdivision A--Recovery plans and threat abatement plans

   267.    Simplified outline of this Subdivision  
   268.    Compliance with recovery plans and threat abatement plans  
   269.    Implementing recovery and threat abatement plans  
   269AA.  Decision whether to have a recovery plan  
   269A.   Making or adopting a recovery plan  
   270.    Content of recovery plans  
   270A.   Decision whether to have a threat abatement plan  
   270B.   Making or adopting a threat abatement plan  
   271.    Content of threat abatement plans  
   272.    Eradication of non-native species  
   273.    Ensuring plans are in force  
   274.    Scientific Committee to advise on plans  
   275.    Consultation on plans  
   276.    Consideration of comments  
   277.    Adoption of State plans  
   278.    Publication of plans  
   279.    Variation of plans by the Minister  
   280.    Variation by a State or Territory of joint plans and plans adopted by the Minister  
   281.    Commonwealth assistance  
   282.    Scientific Committee to advise on assistance  
   283.    Plans may cover more than one species etc.  
   283A.   Revoking a plan  
   284.    Reports on preparation and implementation of plans  

              Subdivision B--Wildlife conservation plans

   285.    Wildlife conservation plans  
   286.    Acting in accordance with wildlife conservation plans  
   287.    Content of wildlife conservation plans  
   288.    Eradication of non-native species  
   289.    Scientific Committee to advise on scheduling of plans  
   290.    Consultation on plans  
   291.    Consideration of comments  
   292.    Adoption of State plans  
   293.    Publication, review and variation of plans  
   294.    Variation of plans by the Minister  
   295.    Variation by a State or Territory of joint plans and plans adopted by the Minister  
   296.    Commonwealth assistance  
   297.    Plans may cover more than one species etc.  
   298.    Reports on preparation and implementation of plans  

              Subdivision C--Miscellaneous

   299.    Wildlife conservation plans cease to have effect  
   300.    Document may contain more than one plan  
   300A.   State and Territory laws not affected  
   300B.   Assistance from the Scientific Committee  

           Division 6--Access to biological resources

   301.    Control of access to biological resources  

           Division 6A--Control of non-native species

   301A.   Regulations for control of non-native species  

           Division 7--Aid for conservation of species in foreign countries

   302.    Aid for conservation of species in foreign countries  

           Division 8--Miscellaneous

   303.    Regulations  
   303A.   Exemptions from this Part  
   303AA.  Conditions relating to accreditation of plans, regimes and policies  
   303AB.  Amended policies, regimes or plans taken to be accredited  

   PART 13A--INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT OF WILDLIFE SPECIMENS

           Division 1--Introduction

   303BA.  Objects of Part  
   303BAA. Certain indigenous rights not affected  
   303BB.  Simplified outline  
   303BC.  Definitions  

           Division 2--CITES species

              Subdivision A--CITES species and CITES specimens

   303CA.  Listing of CITES species  
   303CB.  Stricter domestic measures  

              Subdivision B--Offences and permit system

   303CC.  Exports of CITES specimens  
   303CD.  Imports of CITES specimens  
   303CE.  Applications for permits  
   303CF.  Further information  
   303CG.  Minister may issue permits  
   303CH.  Specific conditions relating to the export or import of CITES specimens for commercial purposes  
   303CI.  Time limit for making permit decision  
   303CJ.  Duration of permits  
   303CK.  Register of applications and decisions  

              Subdivision C--Application of CITES

   303CL.  Application of CITES--Management Authority and Scientific Authority  
   303CM.  Interpretation of CITES provisions  
   303CN.  Resolutions of the Conference of the Parties to CITES  

           Division 3--Exports of regulated native specimens

              Subdivision A--Regulated native specimens

   303DA.  Regulated native specimens  
   303DB.  Listing of exempt native specimens  
   303DC.  Minister may amend list  

              Subdivision B--Offence and permit system

   303DD.  Exports of regulated native specimens  
   303DE.  Applications for permits  
   303DF.  Further information  
   303DG.  Minister may issue permits  
   303DH.  Time limit for making permit decision  
   303DI.  Duration of permits  
   303DJ.  Register of applications and decisions  

           Division 4--Imports of regulated live specimens

              Subdivision A--Regulated live specimens

   303EA.  Regulated live specimens  
   303EB.  Listing of specimens suitable for live import  
   303EC.  Minister may amend list  

              Subdivision B--Assessments relating to the amendment of the list of specimens suitable for import

   303ED.  Amendment of list on the Minister's own initiative  
   303EE.  Application for amendment of list  
   303EF.  Requirement for assessments  
   303EG.  Timing of decision about proposed amendment  
   303EH.  Requesting further information  
   303EI.  Notice of refusal of proposed amendment  
   303EJ.  Reviews  

              Subdivision C--Offence and permit system

   303EK.  Imports of regulated live specimens  
   303EL.  Applications for permits  
   303EM.  Further information  
   303EN.  Minister may issue permits  
   303EO.  Time limit for making permit decision  
   303EP.  Duration of permits  
   303EQ.  Register of applications and decisions  

              Subdivision D--Marking of certain specimens for the purposes of identification

   303ER.  Object  
   303ES.  Specimens to which Subdivision applies  
   303ET.  Extended meaning of marking  
   303EU.  Secretary may make determinations about marking of specimens  
   303EV.  Offences  
   303EW.  This Subdivision does not limit conditions of permits  

           Division 5--Concepts relating to permit criteria

              Subdivision A--Non-commercial purpose exports and imports

   303FA.  Eligible non-commercial purpose exports  
   303FB.  Eligible non-commercial purpose imports  
   303FC.  Export or import for the purposes of research  
   303FD.  Export or import for the purposes of education  
   303FE.  Export or import for the purposes of exhibition  
   303FF.  Export or import for conservation breeding or propagation  
   303FG.  Export or import of household pets  
   303FH.  Export or import of personal items  
   303FI.  Export or import for the purposes of a travelling exhibition  

              Subdivision B--Commercial purpose exports and imports

   303FJ.  Eligible commercial purpose exports  
   303FK.  Export or import from an approved captive breeding program  
   303FL.  Export from an approved artificial propagation program  
   303FLA. Export from an approved cultivation program  
   303FM.  Export from an approved aquaculture program  
   303FN.  Approved wildlife trade operation  
   303FO.  Approved wildlife trade management plan  
   303FP.  Accredited wildlife trade management plan  
   303FQ.  Consultation with State and Territory agencies  
   303FR.  Public consultation  
   303FRA. Assessments  
   303FS.  Register of declarations  
   303FT.  Additional provisions relating to declarations  
   303FU.  Approved commercial import program  

           Division 6--Miscellaneous

   303GA.  Permit decision--controlled action, and action for which a non-Part 13A permit is required  
   303GB.  Exceptional circumstances permit  
   303GC.  Permit authorising the Secretary to export or import specimens  
   303GD.  Testing permit--section 303EE assessments  
   303GE.  Conditions of permits  
   303GF.  Contravening conditions of a permit  
   303GG.  Authorities under permits  
   303GH.  Transfer of permits  
   303GI.  Suspension or cancellation of permits  
   303GJ.  Review of decisions  
   303GK.  Permit to be produced  
   303GL.  Pre-CITES certificate to be produced  
   303GM.  Fees  
   303GN.  Possession of illegally imported specimens  
   303GO.  Regulations relating to welfare  
   303GP.  Cruelty--export or import of animals  
   303GQ.  Imports of specimens contrary to the laws of a foreign country  
   303GR.  Evidence  
   303GS.  Evidence of examiner  
   303GT.  Protection of witness  
   303GU.  Forms and declarations--persons arriving in Australia or an external Territory  
   303GV.  Saving of other laws  
   303GW.  Part not to apply to certain specimens  
   303GX.  Part not to apply to certain specimens used by traditional inhabitants  
   303GY.  When a specimen is lawfully imported  

   PART 14--CONSERVATION AGREEMENTS

   304.    Object of this Part  
   305.    Minister may enter into conservation agreements  
   306.    Content of conservation agreements  
   306A.   Conservation agreement may include declaration that actions do not need approval under Part 9  
   307.    Conservation agreements to be legally binding  
   307A.   Conservation agreements may deal with remediation or mitigation measures  
   308.    Variation and termination of conservation agreements  
   309.    Publication of conservation agreements  
   310.    List of conservation agreements  
   311.    Commonwealth, State and Territory laws  
   312.    Minister must not give preference  

   PART 15--PROTECTED AREAS

           Division 1--Managing World Heritage properties

              Subdivision A--Simplified outline of this Division

   313.    Simplified outline of this Division  

              Subdivision B--Seeking agreement on World Heritage listing

   314.    Special provisions relating to World Heritage nominations  

              Subdivision C--Notice of submission of property for listing

   315.    Minister must give notice of submission of property for listing etc.  

              Subdivision D--Plans for listed World Heritage properties in Commonwealth areas

   316.    Making plans  
   317.    Notice of plans  
   318.    Commonwealth compliance with plans  
   319.    Review of plans every 5 years  

              Subdivision E--Managing World Heritage properties in States and self-governing Territories

   320.    Application  
   321.    Co-operating to prepare and implement plans  
   322.    Commonwealth responsibilities  

              Subdivision F--Australian World Heritage management principles

   323.    Australian World Heritage management principles  

              Subdivision G--Assistance for protecting World Heritage properties

   324.    Commonwealth assistance for protecting declared World Heritage properties  

           Division 1A--Managing National Heritage places

              Subdivision A--Preliminary

   324A.   Simplified outline of this Division  

              Subdivision B--The National Heritage List

   324C.   The National Heritage List  
   324D.   Meaning of National Heritage values  

              Subdivision BA--Inclusion of places in the National Heritage List

   324E.   Simplified outline  
   324F.   Definitions  
   324G.   Meaning of assessment period  
   324H.   Minister may determine heritage themes for an assessment period  
   324J.   Minister to invite nominations for each assessment period  
   324JA.  Minister to give nominations to Australian Heritage Council  
   324JB.  Australian Heritage Council to prepare proposed priority assessment list  
   324JC.  Matters to be included in proposed priority assessment list  
   324JD.  Statement to be given to Minister with proposed priority assessment list  
   324JE.  The finalised priority assessment list  
   324JF.  Publication of finalised priority assessment list  
   324JG.  Australian Heritage Council to invite comments on places in finalised priority assessment list  
   324JH.  Australian Heritage Council to assess places on finalised priority assessment list and give assessments to Minister  
   324JI.  Time by which assessments to be provided to Minister  
   324JJ.  Decision about inclusion of a place in the National Heritage List  

              Subdivision BB--Inclusion of places in the National Heritage List

   324JK.  Simplified outline  
   324JL.  Minister may include place in National Heritage List if under threat  
   324JM.  Minister to ask Australian Heritage Council for assessment  
   324JN.  Publication of listing of place and inviting comments  
   324JO.  Australian Heritage Council to assess place and give assessment to Minister  
   324JP.  Time by which assessments to be provided to Minister  
   324JQ.  Decision about place remaining in the National Heritage List  

              Subdivision BC--Other provisions relating to the National Heritage List

   324JR.  Co-ordination with Scientific Committee--Council undertaking assessment  
   324JS.  Co-ordination with Scientific Committee--Council given assessment to Minister  
   324K.   Listing process not affected by changing boundaries of a place  
   324L.   Removal of places or National Heritage values from the National Heritage List  
   324M.   Minister must consider advice of the Australian Heritage Council and public comments  
   324N.   Specifying one or more additional National Heritage values for a National Heritage place  
   324P.   National Heritage List must be publicly available  
   324Q.   Certain information may be kept confidential  
   324R.   Disclosure of Australian Heritage Council's assessments and advice  

              Subdivision C--Management plans for National Heritage places in Commonwealth areas

   324S.   Management plans for National Heritage places in Commonwealth areas  
   324T.   Restriction on ability to make plans  
   324U.   Compliance with plans by the Commonwealth and Commonwealth agencies  
   324V.   Multiple plans in the same document  
   324W.   Review of plans at least every 5 years  

              Subdivision D--Management of National Heritage places in States and self-governing Territories

   324X.   Plans and Commonwealth responsibilities  

              Subdivision E--The National Heritage management principles

   324Y.   National Heritage management principles  

              Subdivision F--Obligations of Commonwealth agencies

   324Z.   Obligation to assist the Minister and the Australian Heritage Council  
   324ZA.  Protecting National Heritage values of places sold or leased  

              Subdivision G--Assistance for protecting National Heritage places

   324ZB.  Commonwealth assistance for protecting National Heritage places  

              Subdivision H--Reviewing and reporting on the National Heritage List

   324ZC.  Reviewing and reporting on the National Heritage List  

           Division 2--Managing wetlands of international importance

              Subdivision A--Simplified outline of this Division

   325.    Simplified outline of this Division  

              Subdivision B--Seeking agreement on Ramsar designation

   326.    Commonwealth must seek agreement before designation  

              Subdivision C--Notice of designation of wetland

   327.    Minister must give notice of designation of wetland etc.  

              Subdivision D--Plans for listed wetlands in Commonwealth areas

   328.    Making plans  
   329.    Notice of plans  
   330.    Commonwealth compliance with plans  
   331.    Review of plans every 5 years  

              Subdivision E--Management of wetlands in States and self-governing Territories

   332.    Application  
   333.    Co-operating to prepare and implement plans  
   334.    Commonwealth responsibilities  

              Subdivision F--Australian Ramsar management principles

   335.    Australian Ramsar management principles  

              Subdivision G--Assistance for protecting wetlands

   336.    Commonwealth assistance for protecting declared Ramsar wetlands  

           Division 3--Managing Biosphere reserves

   337.    Definition of Biosphere reserve  
   338.    Planning for management of Biosphere reserves  
   339.    Commonwealth activities in Biosphere reserves  
   340.    Australian Biosphere reserve management principles  
   341.    Commonwealth assistance for protecting Biosphere reserves  

           Division 3A--Managing

              Subdivision A--Preliminary

   341A.   Simplified outline of this Division  
   341B.   Extension to places etc. outside the Australian jurisdiction  

              Subdivision B--The Commonwealth Heritage List

   341C.   The Commonwealth Heritage List  
   341D.   Meaning of Commonwealth Heritage values  

              Subdivision BA--Inclusion of places in the Commonwealth Heritage List

   341E.   Simplified outline  
   341F.   Definitions  
   341G.   Meaning of assessment period  
   341H.   Minister to invite nominations for each assessment period  
   341J.   Minister to give nominations to Australian Heritage Council  
   341JA.  Australian Heritage Council to prepare proposed priority assessment list  
   341JB.  Matters to be included in proposed priority assessment list  
   341JC.  Statement to be given to Minister with proposed priority assessment list  
   341JD.  The finalised priority assessment list  
   341JE.  Publication of finalised priority assessment list  
   341JF.  Australian Heritage Council to invite comments on places in finalised priority assessment list  
   341JG.  Australian Heritage Council to assess places on finalised priority assessment list and give assessments to Minister  
   341JH.  Time by which assessments to be provided to Minister  
   341JI.  Decision about inclusion of a place in the Commonwealth Heritage List  

              Subdivision BB--Inclusion of places in the Commonwealth Heritage List

   341JJ.  Simplified outline  
   341JK.  Minister may include place in Commonwealth Heritage List if under threat  
   341JL.  Minister to ask Australian Heritage Council for assessment  
   341JM.  Publication of listing of place and inviting comments  
   341JN.  Australian Heritage Council to assess place and give assessment to Minister  
   341JO.  Time by which assessments to be provided to Minister  
   341JP.  Decision about place remaining in the Commonwealth Heritage List  

              Subdivision BC--Other provisions relating to the Commonwealth Heritage List

   341JQ.  Co-ordination with Scientific Committee--Council undertaking assessment  
   341JR.  Co-ordination with Scientific Committee--Council given assessment to Minister  
   341K.   Listing process not affected by changing boundaries of a place  
   341L.   Removal of places or Commonwealth Heritage values from the Commonwealth Heritage List  
   341M.   Minister must consider advice of the Australian Heritage Council and public comments  
   341N.   Specifying one or more additional Commonwealth Heritage values for a Commonwealth Heritage place  
   341P.   Commonwealth Heritage List must be publicly available  
   341Q.   Certain information may be kept confidential  
   341R.   Disclosure of Australian Heritage Council's assessments and advice  

              Subdivision C--Management plans for Commonwealth Heritage places

   341S.   Management plans for Commonwealth Heritage places  
   341T.   Endorsing management plans for Commonwealth Heritage places  
   341U.   Restriction on ability to make plans  
   341V.   Compliance with plans by the Commonwealth and Commonwealth agencies  
   341W.   Multiple plans in the same document  
   341X.   Review of plans at least every 5 years  

              Subdivision D--The Commonwealth Heritage management principles

   341Y.   Commonwealth Heritage management principles  

              Subdivision E--Obligations of Commonwealth agencies

   341Z.   Obligation to assist the Minister and the Australian Heritage Council  
   341ZA.  Heritage strategies  
   341ZB.  Heritage assessments and registers  
   341ZC.  Minimising adverse impact on heritage values  
   341ZE.  Protecting Commonwealth Heritage values of places sold or leased  

              Subdivision G--Assistance for protecting Commonwealth Heritage places

   341ZG.  Commonwealth assistance for protecting Commonwealth Heritage places  

              Subdivision H--Reviewing and reporting on the Commonwealth Heritage List

   341ZH.  Reviewing and reporting on the Commonwealth Heritage List  

           Division 4--Commonwealth reserves

              Subdivision A--Simplified outline of this Division

   342.    Simplified outline of this Division  

              Subdivision B--Declaring and revoking Commonwealth reserves

   343.    Simplified outline of this Subdivision  
   344.    Declaring Commonwealth reserves  
   345.    Extent of Commonwealth reserve  
   345A.   Commonwealth usage rights vest in Director  
   346.    Content of Proclamation declaring Commonwealth reserve  
   347.    Assigning Commonwealth reserves and zones to IUCN categories  
   348.    Australian IUCN reserve management principles  
   350.    Revocation and alteration of Commonwealth reserves  
   351.    Report before making Proclamation  
   352.    What happens to Director's usage rights when Commonwealth reserve is revoked  

              Subdivision C--Activities in Commonwealth reserves

   353.    Simplified outline of this Subdivision  
   354.    Activities that may be carried on only under management plan  
   354A.   Offences relating to activities that may only be carried on under management plan  
   355.    Limits on mining operations in Commonwealth reserves  
   355A.   Offence relating to mining operations  
   356.    Regulations controlling activities relating to Commonwealth reserves  
   356A.   Charges for activities in Commonwealth reserves  
   357.    Managing Commonwealth reserves while a management plan is not in operation  
   358.    Restriction on disposal of Director's interests in Commonwealth reserves  
   359.    Prior usage rights relating to Commonwealth reserves continue to have effect  
   359A.   Traditional use of Commonwealth reserves by indigenous persons  
   359B.   Director's approval of actions and mining operations when a management plan is not in operation  

              Subdivision D--Complying with management plans for Commonwealth reserves

   361.    Simplified outline of this Subdivision  
   362.    Commonwealth and Commonwealth agencies to comply with management plan for Commonwealth reserve  
   363.    Resolving disagreement between land council and Director over implementation of plan  
   364.    Resolving disagreement between Director and Board over implementation of plan  

              Subdivision E--Approving management plans for Commonwealth reserves

   365.    Simplified outline of this Subdivision  
   366.    Obligation to prepare management plans for Commonwealth reserves  
   367.    Content of a management plan for a Commonwealth reserve  
   368.    Steps in preparing management plans for Commonwealth reserves  
   369.    Resolving disagreements between Director and Board in planning process  
   370.    Approval of management plans for Commonwealth reserves  
   371.    Approved management plans are legislative instruments  
   372.    Amendment and revocation of management plans for Commonwealth reserves  
   373.    Expiry of management plans for Commonwealth reserves  

              Subdivision F--Boards for Commonwealth reserves on indigenous people's land

   374.    Simplified outline of this Subdivision  
   375.    Application  
   376.    Functions of a Board for a Commonwealth reserve  
   377.    Minister must establish Board if land council or traditional owners agree  
   378.    Altering the constitution of a Board or abolishing a Board  
   379.    Appointment of Board members  
   379A.   Fit and proper person  
   380.    Terms and conditions  
   381.    Remuneration  
   382.    Termination of appointments of Board members  
   383.    Procedure of a Board  

              Subdivision G--Special rules for some Commonwealth reserves in the

   384.    Simplified outline of this Subdivision  
   385.    Activities in Commonwealth reserve without management plan  
   386.    What are the Kakadu region and the Uluru region?  
   387.    No mining operations in Kakadu National Park  
   388.    Establishment and development of townships in the Kakadu region and Uluru region  
   389.    Planning for townships  
   390.    Special rules to protect Aboriginal interests in planning process  
   390A.   Appointment of Northern Territory nominee to Board  

           Division 5--Conservation zones

   390B.   Simplified outline of this Division  
   390C.   Object of this Division  
   390D.   Proclamation of conservation zones  
   390E.   Regulating activities generally  
   390F.   Charges for activities in conservation zones  
   390G.   Other laws and regulations made for this Division  
   390H.   Prior usage rights relating to conservation zones continue to have effect  
   390J.   Revoking and altering conservation zones  
            

CHAPTER 5A--The List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to
            

   PART 15A--THE LIST OF OVERSEAS PLACES OF HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE TO AUSTRALIA

   390K.   The List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to Australia  
   390L.   Inclusion of places in the List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to Australia  
   390M.   Removal of places from the List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to Australia or variation of statement of historic significance  
   390N.   Inviting comments from other Ministers before taking action  
   390P.   Minister may ask Australian Heritage Council for advice etc.  
   390Q.   List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to Australia to be publicly available  
   390R.   Disclosure of Australian Heritage Council's assessments and advice  
            

CHAPTER 5B--Declared commercial fishing activities
            

   PART 15B--DECLARED COMMERCIAL FISHING ACTIVITIES

           Division 1--Prohibition

   390SA.  Civil penalty--declared commercial fishing activities  
   390SB.  Offence--declared commercial fishing activities  

           Division 2--Declaring a commercial fishing activity

              Subdivision A--What is a declared commercial fishing activity

   390SC.  What is a declared commercial fishing activity?  

              Subdivision B--Interim declaration

   390SD.  Interim declaration  
   390SE.  Consultation  

              Subdivision C--Final declaration

   390SF.  Final declaration  

              Subdivision D--Revoking declarations

   390SG.  Revoking an interim or final declaration  

           Division 3--Expert panel assessment of declared commercial fishing activity

   390SH.  Establishment of expert panel  
   390SI.  Terms and conditions  
   390SJ.  Procedure for assessment  
   390SK.  Timing of the report  
   390SL.  Publication of the report  

           Division 4--Sunsetting of this Part

   390SM.  Sunsetting of this Part  
            

CHAPTER 6--Administration
            

   PART 16--PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS IN MAKING DECISIONS

   391.    Minister must consider precautionary principle in making decisions  

   PART 17--ENFORCEMENT

           Division 1--Wardens, rangers and inspectors

              Subdivision A--Wardens and rangers

   392.    Appointment of wardens and rangers  
   393.    Arrangements for certain officers or employees to exercise powers etc. of wardens or rangers  
   394.    Wardens ex officio  
   395.    Identity cards  

              Subdivision B--Inspectors

   396.    Appointment of inspectors  
   397.    Inspectors ex officio  
   398.    Arrangements for State and Territory officers to be inspectors  
   399.    Identity cards  

              Subdivision BA--Exercise of powers of authorised officers outside the territorial sea

   399A.   Powers to be exercised consistently with UNCLOS  

              Subdivision BB--Exercise of powers of authorised officers in relation to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

   399B.   Certain powers to be exercised only by certain authorised officers  

              Subdivision C--Miscellaneous

   400.    Regulations may give wardens, rangers and inspectors extra powers, functions and duties  
   401.    Impersonating authorised officers and rangers  
   402.    Offences against authorised officers and rangers  

           Division 2--Boarding of vessels etc

   403.    Boarding of vessels etc. by authorised officers  
   404.    Authorised officers to produce identification  
   405.    Access to premises  
   406.    Powers of authorised officers  
   406A.   Searches under paragraph 406(1)(ba)  
   406AA.  Taking things into possession  
   406B.   Thing taken into possession is not a thing seized  

           Division 3--Monitoring of compliance

   407.    Monitoring powers  
   407A.   Operation of electronic equipment at premises  
   407B.   Compensation for damage to electronic equipment  
   408.    Monitoring searches with occupier's consent  
   409.    Monitoring warrants  
   409A.   Monitoring warrants by telephone or other electronic means  
   409B.   Executing officer to be in possession of warrant  
   410.    Details of monitoring warrant to be given to occupier etc.  
   411.    Occupier entitled to be present during search  
   412.    Announcement before entry  
   412A.   Other powers when on premises under monitoring warrant  

           Division 4--Search warrants

   413.    When search warrants can be issued  
   414.    Statements in warrants  
   415.    Powers of magistrate  
   416.    Warrants by telephone or other electronic means  
   417.    The things that are authorised by a search warrant  
   418.    Availability of assistance, and use of force, in executing a warrant  
   418A.   Executing officer to be in possession of warrant  
   419.    Details of warrant to be given to occupier etc.  
   420.    Specific powers available to person executing warrant  
   421.    Use of equipment to examine or process things  
   422.    Use of electronic equipment at premises  
   423.    Compensation for damage to electronic equipment  
   424.    Copies of seized things to be provided  
   425.    Occupier entitled to be present during search  
   426.    Receipts for things seized under warrant  
   427.    Restrictions on personal searches  
   428.    When a thing is in the possession of a person  

           Division 6--Arrest and related matters

   430.    Powers of arrest  
   431.    Power to conduct a frisk search of an arrested person  
   432.    Power to conduct an ordinary search of an arrested person  
   433.    Power to conduct search of arrested person's premises  
   433A.   Interaction of this Division with Schedule 1  

           Division 6A--Provisions relating to detention of suspected foreign offenders

   433B.   Provisions relating to detention of suspected foreign offenders  

           Division 7--Miscellaneous provisions about searches, entry to premises, warrants etc

   434.    Conduct of ordinary searches and frisk searches  
   435.    Announcement before entry  
   436.    Offence of making false statements in warrants  
   437.    Offences relating to telephone warrants  
   438.    Retention of things seized under Division 4 or 6  
   440.    Law relating to legal professional privilege not affected  
   441.    Other laws about search, arrest etc. not affected  
   442.    Persons to assist authorised officers  

           Division 8--Power to search goods, baggage etc

   443.    Power to search goods, baggage etc.  

           Division 8A--Power to ask questions about specimens

   443A.   Authorised officer may ask questions about the nature or origin of specimens  

           Division 9--Power to ask for names and addresses

   444.    Authorised person may ask for person's name and address  

           Division 10--Seizure and forfeiture etc

              Subdivision AA--Seizure of specimens involved in a contravention of Part 13A

   444A.   Seizure of specimens involved in a contravention of Part 13A  
   444B.   Notice about seizure  
   444C.   Applications for return of specimen  
   444D.   Court action for return of specimen  
   444E.   Consignment of specimen with consent of owner  
   444G.   Retention of specimen  
   444H.   Forfeiture of specimen after end of retention period  

              Subdivision AB--Seizure of things

   445.    Seizure of things (other than specimens involved in a contravention of Part 13A)  
   446.    Retention of things seized under this Subdivision  

              Subdivision AC--Direction to deliver seizable items

   447.    Direction to deliver seizable items  

              Subdivision B--Disposal of seized items

   449.    Immediate disposal of seized items  
   449A.   Disposal of seized items if Secretary cannot locate or identify person entitled etc.  

              Subdivision BA--Release of seized items to owner etc

   449BA.  Release of seized items to owner etc.  
   449BB.  How this Part applies in relation to things released conditionally  

              Subdivision C--Forfeiture of seized items

   450.    Court-ordered forfeiture: order by court dealing with offence proceedings  
   450A.   Court-ordered forfeiture: other situations  
   450B.   Forfeiture of seized items by consent etc.  
   451.    Dealings in forfeited items  
   452.    Delivery of forfeited items to the Commonwealth  

              Subdivision F--Keeping of organisms or specimens that have been seized

   453.    Keeping of organisms or specimens retained under this Part  
   454.    Recovery of costs of storing or keeping organisms or specimens  

              Subdivision G--Rescuing things

   455.    Rescuing things  
   456.    Breaking or destroying things or documents to prevent seizure etc.  

              Subdivision H--Seizure of cages or containers

   456AA.  Power to seize cages or containers containing seizable things  
   456AB.  Retention of seized cage or container  
   456AC.  Retention of non-seizable things contained in seized cages or containers  

           Division 12--Environmental audits

   458.    Directed environmental audits  
   459.    Appointment of auditor and carrying out of audit  
   460.    Nature of directed environmental audit  
   461.    Audit reports  
   462.    Directed environmental audits do not affect other audit obligations  

           Division 13--Conservation orders

              Subdivision A--Simplified outline

   463.    Simplified outline of this Division  

              Subdivision B--Making and reviewing conservation orders

   464.    Minister may make conservation orders  
   465.    Duration of conservation orders  
   466.    Reviews of conservation orders  
   467.    Publication of conservation orders  
   468.    Application for reconsideration of conservation orders or decisions on review  
   469.    Reconsideration of conservation orders and decisions on review  

              Subdivision C--Complying with conservation orders

   470.    Contravening conservation orders is an offence  
   471.    Minister to consider proposed actions etc.  
   472.    Contents of notices of advice  
   473.    Review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal  
   474.    Assistance in complying with conservation orders  

           Division 14--Injunctions

   475.    Injunctions for contravention of the Act  
   476.    Injunctions for contraventions of conservation agreements  
   477.    Discharge of injunctions  
   479.    Certain considerations for granting injunctions not relevant  
   480.    Powers conferred are in addition to other powers of the Court  

           Division 14A--Federal Court's power to make remediation orders

   480A.   Remediation orders  
   480B.   Discharge of remediation orders  
   480C.   Powers conferred are in addition to other powers of the Court  

           Division 14B--Minister's power to make remediation determinations

              Subdivision A--Making of remediation determinations

   480D.   Minister may make remediation determination  
   480E.   Contents of a remediation determination  
   480F.   Notifying owners and occupiers of land of proposed remediation determination  
   480G.   Notifying that remediation determination has been made  
   480H.   Duration of remediation determinations  
   480J.   Ministerial reconsideration of remediation determinations  

              Subdivision B--Federal Court may set aside remediation determination

   480K.   Applying to Federal Court to have remediation determination set aside  

              Subdivision C--Complying with remediation determinations

   480L.   Federal Court may order compliance with remediation determination  
   480M.   Civil penalty for contravention of remediation determination  

              Subdivision D--Variation or revocation of remediation determinations

   480N.   Variation or revocation of remediation determination  

           Division 15--Civil penalties

              Subdivision A--Obtaining an order for a civil penalty

   481.    Federal Court may order person to pay pecuniary penalty for contravening civil penalty provision  
   482.    What is a civil penalty provision?  
   483.    Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence  
   484.    Persons involved in contravening civil penalty provision  
   485.    Recovery of a pecuniary penalty  

              Subdivision B--Civil penalty proceedings and criminal proceedings

   486A.   Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings  
   486B.   Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings  
   486C.   Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings  
   486D.   Evidence given in proceedings for penalty not admissible in criminal proceedings  

              Subdivision C--Enforceable undertakings relating to contraventions of Part 3 civil penalty provisions

   486DA.  Acceptance of undertakings relating to contraventions of Part 3 civil penalty provisions  
   486DB.  Enforcement of undertakings  

           Division 15A--Notices to produce or attend

   486E.   Application of Division  
   486F.   Minister may require person to provide information etc.  
   486G.   Minister may require person to appear before Minister  
   486H.   Persons to whom notices may not be given  
   486J.   Self-incrimination  

           Division 16--Review of administrative decisions

   487.    Extended standing for judicial review  
   488.    Applications on behalf of unincorporated organisations  

           Division 17--Duty to provide accurate information

   489.    Providing false or misleading information to obtain approval or permit  
   490.    Providing false or misleading information in response to a condition on an approval or permit  
   491.    Providing false or misleading information to authorised officer etc.  

           Division 18--Liability of executive officers for corporations

   493.    Who is an executive officer of a body corporate?  
   494.    Civil penalties for executive officers of bodies corporate  
   495.    Criminal liability of executive officers of bodies corporate  
   496.    Did an executive officer take reasonable steps to prevent contravention?  

           Division 18A--Liability of landholders for other people's actions

   496A.   Who is a landholder?  
   496B.   Civil penalties for landholders  
   496C.   Criminal liability of landholders  
   496D.   Did a landholder take reasonable steps to prevent a contravention?  

           Division 19--Infringement notices

   497.    Infringement notices  

           Division 20--Publicising contraventions

   498.    Minister may publicise contraventions of this Act or the regulations  

           Division 21--Immunity of officers

   498A.   Immunity of officers and assistants  

           Division 22--Conduct of directors, employees and agents

   498B.   Conduct of directors, employees and agents  

   PART 18--REMEDYING ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE

   499.    Commonwealth powers to remedy environmental damage  
   500.    Liability for loss or damage caused by contravention  
   501.    Other powers not affected  

   PART 19--ORGANISATIONS

           Division 1--Establishment and functions of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee

   502.    Establishment  
   503.    Functions of the Committee  

           Division 2A--Indigenous Advisory Committee

   505A.   Establishment  
   505B.   Functions of the Committee  

           Division 2B--Establishment and functions of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development

   505C.   Establishment  
   505D.   Functions of the Committee  
   505E.   Declared States and Territories  

           Division 3--Members and procedures of Committees

   506.    Application  
   507.    Terms and conditions  
   508.    Remuneration  
   509.    Termination of appointments of Committee members  
   510.    Procedure of a Committee  

           Division 4--Advisory committees

   511.    Minister may establish advisory committees  
   512.    Appointments  
   513.    Members of advisory committees  
   514.    Committee procedure  

           Division 5--Director of National Parks

              Subdivision A--Establishment, functions and powers

   514A.   Continuation  
   514B.   Functions  
   514C.   Powers  
   514D.   Requirements relating to functions and powers  

              Subdivision B--Constitution of Director of National Parks

   514E.   Constitution  
   514F.   Appointment  
   514G.   Acting appointments  

              Subdivision C--Terms and conditions of appointment

   514H.   Term of office  
   514J.   Remuneration  
   514K.   Outside employment  
   514M.   Leave of absence  
   514N.   Resignation  
   514P.   Termination  
   514Q.   Other terms and conditions  

              Subdivision D--Australian National Parks Fund

   514R.   Australian National Parks Fund  
   514S.   Payments to Australian National Parks Fund  
   514T.   Application of money  

              Subdivision E--Accountability

   514U.   Application of Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013  
   514V.   Extra matters to be included in annual report  

              Subdivision F--Miscellaneous

   514W.   Exemption from taxation  
   514X.   Changes in office of Director  

   PART 19A--RECONSIDERATION OF FEES

   514Y.   Applications for reconsideration of fee  
   514YA.  Reconsideration of fee  
   514YB.  Deadline for reconsideration  

   PART 20--DELEGATION

   515.    Delegation  
   515AA.  Delegation by Minister in relation to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park  
   515AB.  Delegation by Secretary in relation to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park  

   PART 20A--PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET

   515A.   Publication of information on the internet  

   PART 21--REPORTING

           Division 1--Annual reports

   516.    Annual report on operation of Act  
   516A.   Annual reports to deal with environmental matters  

           Division 2--State of the environment reports

   516B.   State of the environment reports  
            

CHAPTER 7--Miscellaneous
            

   PART 22--MISCELLANEOUS

   517.    Determinations of species  
   517A.   Exemption for activities that might harm particular species introduced into particular areas  
   518.    Non-compliance with time limits  
   519.    Compensation for acquisition of property  
   520.    Regulations  
   520A.   Statements about the application of the Act  
   521.    Fees and charges must not be taxes  
   521A.   Time does not run if all or part of fee remains unpaid  
   522.    Financial assistance etc. to be paid out of appropriated money  
   522A.   Review of operation of Act  
            

CHAPTER 8--Definitions
            

   PART 23--DEFINITIONS

           Division 1--Some definitions relating to particular topics

              Subdivision A--Actions

   523.    Actions  
   524.    Things that are not actions  
   524A.   Provision of grant funding is not an action  

              Subdivision B--Areas

   525.    Commonwealth areas  

              Subdivision C--Entities

   526.    Subsidiaries of bodies corporate  

              Subdivision D--Criminal law

   527.    Convictions  

              Subdivision E--Specimens

   527A.   Specimens  
   527B.   Breeding in captivity  
   527C.   Artificial propagation  
   527D.   Things represented to be CITES specimens  

              Subdivision F--Impacts

   527E.   Meaning of impact  

           Division 2--General list of definitions

   528.    Definitions  
           SCHEDULE 1 Provisions relating to detention of suspected foreign offenders


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