Offers information on the national standards and strategies used to approach monitoring air quality, research to inform air quality policy and community education on air quality issues.
Index page to the department's annual reports. Reports are available in PDF format.
Index page for Australian properties on the World Heritage List. This site has a map of the properties and provides links to further information.
The study aims to provide the underlying taxonomic knowledge necessary for the conservation and sustainable use of Australia's biodiversity. ABRS supports research on Australian organisms through a Grants and Scholarship scheme and publishes series of books on our Flora and Fauna.
Contains information about more than 20,000 natural, historic and Indigenous places. The database includes: places in the World Heritage List; the National Heritage List; the Commonwealth Heritage list; the Register of the National Estate; the List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to Australia and places under consideration, or that may have been considered for, any one of these lists.
12-20 April 2014
Is an annual national celebration of Australia’s unique heritage. It is an opportunity for all Australians to join together to celebrate our shared and special heritage.
Includes all known shipwrecks in Australian waters. Search for shipwrecks, relics, sunken aircraft and other maritime cultural heritage. Includes links to premit applications and reporting forms.
Calendar of special environment related events for the current year.
Provides information on the involvement in chemicals risk assessment and policy to ensure that chemicals are managed safely to protect human health and the environment.
Find out about Australia's Commonwealth Botanic Gardens. This page provides links to information on the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra; Booderee Botanic Gardens, Booderee National Park; and Norfolk Island Botanic Garden, Norfolk Island.
Find out about Australia's Commonwealth National Parks. This page provides links to information on Kakadu National Park, Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, Booderee National Park, Norfolk Island National Park, Christmas Island National Park and Pulu Keeling National Park.
This guide gives a basic introduction to ecological sustainability issues and specifically how the built environment affects them. It begins by outlining the Australian position on Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and some key policies relevant to buildings and ESD.
Join educators at the Australian National Botanic Gardens on a 40 hectare outdoor living classroom for an array of hands-on engaging, curriculum-linked educational experiences.
Overview page of environment publications and resources which are available for download or ordering.
Is the Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places.
Links to the Department's portfolio budget statements 2014-15.
Draws information from many sources, including maps, species distributions, documents and satellite imagery, and covers environmental themes ranging from endangered species to drought and pollution. ERIN provides an information base for environmental decisions.
Describes a record keeping scheme that helps bird keepers keep adequate records, minimising the risk of acquiring illegally traded birds, and reduces disease and pest risks in Australia from illegally imported birds.
Information for teachers and students about whales, dolphins and porpoises including discovery game and minke whale video.
Compare the fuel consumption of different vehicles sold in Australia between 1986 and 2003. Includes passenger cars and four-wheel drives, and light commercial vehicles up to 2.7 tonnes gross vehicle mass. For vehicles manufactured after 2003 visit the Green Vehicle Guide.
Aims to improve environmental performance of Australian Government departments and agencies. Information resources include advice, communication networks and access to best practice environmental management techniques from around the world.
Provides a list of environment grants and funding programs.
No one will ever again see a Paradise Parrot flash its rainbow colours across the sky or see the Tasmanian tiger slink through the wet Tasmanian forest. They are gone forever - they are now extinct. One of the most important ways to help threatened plants and animals survive is to protect their habitats permanently in national parks, nature reserves or wilderness areas.
If you want to export or import hazardous waste, or move it in or out of Australia (transit) you must apply for a permit to do so.
Provides information on the export and import of hazardous waste to ensure that it is disposed of safely so that human beings and the environment are protected from the harmful effects of the waste.
There are a number of different lists or registers of natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places throughout Australia. A listing usually includes the location of a place, a description, and sometimes explains why the place is important.
The Department of the Environment Water Resources has a long history of working with Indigenous people, across the range of Departmental core business, particularly in natural resource management and heritage related activities.
Provides information on major invasive species within the Australian environment and plans for their control.
Located 240 kilometres east of Darwin in Australia’s tropical north, the Park is Australia’s largest terrestrial national park. It is managed jointly by its Aboriginal traditional owners and the Department.
The land management topic page provides information about the Australian Government's activities to maintain landscapes, biodiversity and ecosystem services while ensuring sustainable production systems and providing for other human needs.
Obtain information about marine legislation, reserves, species, pollution and fisheries plus the lastest marine news.
Many animals migrate to Australia and its external territories, or pass though or over Australian waters during their annual migrations. Australia is party to international conventions and agreements for the protection of migratory species.
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch - Search for information about heritage sites, wetlands, national parks and protected plants and animals in any Australian location.
Provides free information about substance emissions in Australia. Check out the substance fact sheets to discover the many different sources of pollution.
Provides information on a scheme for the collection and recycling of waste televisions, computers, printers and computer products for householders and small business.
Outlines Australia's waste management and resource recovery direction to 2020.
Designed to help you find relevant information about chemicals as quickly and easily as possible. Information has been arranged into topics to help focus your search; alternatively you can use the search facilities on the left.
Outlines Australia's network of protected areas, conserving examples of our natural landscapes and native plants and animals for future generations.
Provides a series of 'house biographies' that bring to life the architectural and social history of the small Australian house. Each story sets out the historical context, outlines the history of the building and the social history of the house.
If you wish to conduct activities such as commercial tours, commercial filming and photography, research and other commercial activities such as events. in a Commonwealth Park or Reserve you need a permit. This page provides full details and downloads for permits.
Agencies responsible for national parks and wildlife, reserves and conservation in Australian states and territories and in New Zealand.
Permits are required for all sea dumping operations including dumping off vessels, platforms or other man-made structures and for burials at sea. Australia has International obligations to prevent marine pollution by controlling dumping of wastes and other matter.
Provides information about species and ecological communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Discover the state of the Australian environment – the SoE 2011 is a valuable resource for teachers, students, librarians, policy makers, environmental managers, consultants and the general public. The SoE is supported by a mix of summaries and detailed information as well as discussions of the drivers of environmental change, resilience, risks and what the future might look like.
National SoE reports provide information about environmental and heritage conditions, trends and pressures for the Australian continent, surrounding seas and Australia's external territories.
Helps develops skills, knowledge and values that promote behaviour in support of a sustainable environment. It is not confined to formal schooling. It also occurs in a wide range of non-formal education settings at work and at home.
Describes the agreement designed to support the forest industry to progressively transition to a more sustainable and diversified footing and to build regional economic diversity and community resilience.
A brief introduction to the history of the Australian flag. Includes information on other Australian ensigns and other 'Australian' flags. Also includes links to information on state and territory flags.
Changes to the landscape and native habitat as a result of human activity have put many of Australia's unique species at risk. Over the last two hundred years many species of plants and animals have become extinct. For the other species of plants and animals whose survival is threatened, a range of management and conservation measures are in place.
The Aboriginal traditional owners of Uluru -Kata Tjuta National Park have looked after, and in turn been looked after by, the land for over one thousand generations. Aboriginal use of the land over that time is reflected throughout the Uluru -Kata Tjuta landscape, which is recognised as a World Heritage area of outstanding universal value.
Offers practical 'how to' help for building owners, managers and users to reduce water use by up to 30% to 40%. providing an introduction to the technical and behavioural opportunities that exist in office and public buildings for reducing water consumption and increasing water reuse. The second part of the publication is the National water intensity benchmarks for office buildings and public buildings.
Australian waters are home to a large number of unique and magnificent marine mammals, including 45 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. The Australian Government has made whale and dolphin conservation a priority and is a world leader in the protection and conservation of these incredible animals both in Australia and internationally. Includes links to resources for teachers and students.
Australia 's unique plants and animals are known throughout the world and are an important part of our natural heritage. The Australian Government recognises the inherent value of our native species and the need to ensure their continued survival.