The EPBC Act recognises the role Indigenous people play in the conservation and sustainable use of Australia’s natural environment and Indigenous heritage.
The objects of the EPBC Act include:
- to promote a co-operative approach to the protection and management of the environment involving governments, the community, landholders and Indigenous peoples;
- to recognise the role of Indigenous peoples in the conservation and ecologically sustainable use of Australia’s biodiversity; and
- to promote the use of Indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge of biodiversity with the involvement of, and in co-operation with, the owners of the knowledge