A Guideline for Commonwealth agencies
About this publication
The Commonwealth Heritage List, established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), comprises natural, Indigenous and historic heritage places which are either entirely within a Commonwealth area, or outside the Australian jurisdiction and owned or leased by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth Authority; and which the Minister is satisfied have one or more Commonwealth Heritage values.
The Commonwealth Heritage List can include places connected to defence, communications, customs and any other government activities.
Under the EPBC Act each Commonwealth agency has a responsibility to undertake an assessment process to identify which of the places they own or control have Commonwealth Heritage values.
This document provides guidance and advice on the steps a Commonwealth agency will need to undertake to fulfil this requirement under the EPBC Act and EPBC Regulations (the regulations).