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CSIRO is subject to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) which includes provisions to ensure the identification, conservation and protection of Australia’s unique heritage assets at a Commonwealth or National level.
The EPBC Act and associated procedures endeavours to protect heritage values on Commonwealth land. It lays down the rules and procedures that all Commonwealth agencies must follow to manage and protect heritage value on land they own, lease or control. Accordingly, all properties with heritage values owned or controlled by CSIRO must be managed in accordance with the EPBC Act.
Firstly, the EPBC Act establishes three heritage lists for places that have been identified as having heritage significance.
The three lists comprise the:
Places on one of these lists mean that the asset is protected under the EPBC Act and that any proposed actions impacting on the asset will require referral to the Minister for Environment for assessment and approval.
The second way the EPBC Act protects heritage is through establishing a process to control the significant impacts on heritage values. The controlling provision of the EPBC Act are:
Note: If a significant impact on heritage values cannot be minimised or avoided, the proposal needs to be referred to the Minister for Environment and the Minister will decide whether the proposal is a controlled action or not a controlled action. A ‘controlled action’ is an action that requires the Minister’s consent. If the proposal is a ‘controlled action’ then the Minister may request further assessments or other actions to be prepared.
Controlled actions might include such things as the modification of a heritage building, subdivision of a heritage property or the disposal of a heritage property or asset.
A controlled action can only be undertaken after approval from the Minister for Environment has been obtained. Approval will only be given by the Minister after the full assessment of the likely impacts of the proposed action.
For more information on the EPBC Act or Australian Heritage, please visit the Australian Government Department of the Environment .
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Last updated: Last updated: 29 October 2015
Printed from: EPBC Act regarding heritage values on Commonwealth Land (http://csiroaucd1-cdc.it.csiro.au/en/About/Strategy-structure/Heritage-management/EPBC-Act)