The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 contains Australia’s national nature laws.
Australia’s current nature laws are outdated, barely monitored and rarely enforced. This has created loopholes for the ongoing destruction of marine life and their ocean home.
This is our opportunity to secure stronger nature laws that protect the marine wildlife we have left and restore the ocean, before the damage is irreversible.
Right now, the Australian Government is rewriting Australia’s nature laws. This is the first time in over 20 years.
Together with multiple voices in the environmental movement, we are urgently calling on the Australian Government to introduce stronger national laws that achieve the following:
✅ Enact strong and enforced National Environmental Standards that safeguard nature against further destruction.
✅ Properly fund habitat restoration and species recovery.
✅ Create an independent Environment Protection Australia that will monitor and enforce these laws.
✅ Close legal loopholes that favour big businesses over nature.
The reforms must include stronger laws that help to save the marine life we have left, adequate funding to recover threatened species populations, and the budget to monitor and enforce compliance.
This is our critical opportunity to demand stronger nature laws that protect marine life and their ocean home before the damage is irreversible.