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SR 2003 No. 354 Regulations as made
These Regulations amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000.
Administered by: DEW
General Comments: This instrument was backcaptured in accordance with Section 36 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003
Made 18 Dec 2003
Registered 01 Jan 2005
Tabled HR 10 Feb 2004
Tabled Senate 10 Feb 2004
Gazetted 23 Dec 2003
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Environment (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Regulations 2003 (No. 1)1

Statutory Rules 2003 No. 3542

I, PHILIP MICHAEL JEFFERY, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Dated 18 December 2003

P. M. JEFFERY

Governor-General

By His Excellency’s Command

WARREN TRUSS
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
for the Minister for the Environment and Heritage


1              Name of Regulations

                These Regulations are the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Regulations 2003 (No. 1).

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence on 1 January 2004.

3              Amendment of Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000

                Schedule 1 amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000.


Schedule 1        Amendments

(regulation 3)

  

[1]           Part 10

substitute

Part 10               Protected areas (other than Commonwealth reserves)

Division 1              Australian World Heritage properties

10.01      Australian World Heritage management principles

                For subsection 323 (1) of the Act, the Australian World Heritage management principles for the management of natural heritage and cultural heritage are set out in Schedule 5.

Division 2              Managing National Heritage places

10.01A   National Heritage criteria (Act s 324D)

         (1)   For section 324D of the Act, subregulation (2) prescribes the National Heritage criteria for the following:

                (a)    natural heritage values of places;

               (b)    indigenous heritage values of places;

                (c)    historic heritage values of places.

         (2)   The National Heritage criteria for a place are any or all of the following:

                (a)    the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place’s importance in the course, or pattern, of Australia’s natural or cultural history;

               (b)    the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place’s possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Australia’s natural or cultural history;

                (c)    the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place’s potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Australia’s natural or cultural history;

               (d)    the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place’s importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of:

                          (i)    a class of Australia’s natural or cultural places; or

                         (ii)    a class of Australia’s natural or cultural environments;

                (e)    the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place’s importance in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics valued by a community or cultural group;

                (f)    the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place’s importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period;

               (g)    the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place’s strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons;

               (h)    the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place’s special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in Australia’s natural or cultural history;

                (i)    the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place’s importance as part of indigenous tradition.

         (3)   For subregulation (2), the cultural aspect of a criterion means the indigenous cultural aspect, the non-indigenous cultural aspect, or both.

10.01B   Nomination of places for National Heritage List (Act s 324E)

         (1)   For subsection 324E (1) of the Act, a person nominates a place by making the nomination on a form approved by the Minister.

         (2)   For subsection 324E (9) of the Act, the Minister’s notice may specify a 3 month period during which nominations are to be made.

10.01C   Matters to be addressed in management plan for National Heritage place (Act s 324S)

                A plan for a National Heritage place, made under section 324S of the Act, must address the matters set out in Schedule 5A.

10.01D   Publication of notice about management plan for National Heritage places (Act s 324S)

                For subsection 324S (6), the Minister must seek comments by publishing a notice that:

                (a)    includes a statement that the Minister has prepared:

                          (i)    a draft management plan; or

                         (ii)    a draft amendment of a management plan; or

                        (iii)    a draft replacement management plan; and

               (b)    states how a copy of the draft can be obtained; and

                (c)    invites comments on the draft from:

                          (i)    members of the public; and

                         (ii)    indigenous people with rights and interests in the relevant place; and

                        (iii)    if the place is in a State or self-governing Territory — the responsible agency (if any) of the State or Territory; and

               (d)    specifies the address to which comments may be sent; and

                (e)    specifies a date (at least 20 days after the last day on which the notice is published) by which comments must be sent.

Note   A notice mentioned in this regulation must be published in accordance with subregulation 16.05A (5).

10.01E   National Heritage management principles (Act s 324Y)

                For subsection 324Y (1) of the Act, the National Heritage management principles are set out in Schedule 5B.

Division 3              Managing wetlands of international importance

10.02      Australian Ramsar management principles

                For subsection 335 (1) of the Act, the Australian Ramsar management principles for the management of wetlands included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance kept under the Ramsar Convention are set out in Schedule 6.

Division 4              Managing Biosphere reserves

10.03      Australian Biosphere reserve management principles

                For subsection 340 (1) of the Act, the Australian Biosphere reserve management principles for the management of Biosphere reserves are set out in Schedule 7.

Division 5              Managing Commonwealth Heritage places

10.03A   Commonwealth Heritage criteria (Act s 341D)

         (1)   For section 341D of the Act, subregulation (2) prescribes the Commonwealth Heritage criteria for the following:

                (a)    natural heritage values of places;

               (b)    indigenous heritage values of places;

                (c)    historic heritage values of places.

         (2)   The Commonwealth Heritage criteria for a place are any or all of the following:

                (a)    the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance in the course, or pattern, of Australia’s natural or cultural history;

               (b)    the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Australia’s natural or cultural history;

                (c)    the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Australia’s natural or cultural history;

               (d)    the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of:

                          (i)    a class of Australia’s natural or cultural places; or

                         (ii)    a class of Australia’s natural or cultural environments;

                (e)    the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics valued by a community or cultural group;

                (f)    the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period;

               (g)    the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons;

               (h)    the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in Australia’s natural or cultural history;

                (i)    the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance as part of indigenous tradition.

         (3)   For subregulation (2), the cultural aspect of a criterion means the indigenous cultural aspect, the non-indigenous cultural aspect, or both.

10.03B   Matters to be addressed in plan for Commonwealth Heritage place (Act s 341S)

                A plan for a Commonwealth Heritage place, made under section 341S of the Act, must address the matters set out in Schedule 7A.

10.03C   Publication of notice about management plan for Commonwealth Heritage places (Act s 341S)

                For paragraph 341S (6) (b) of the Act, the agency must seek comments by publishing a notice that:

                (a)    includes a statement that the agency has prepared:

                          (i)    a draft management plan; or

                         (ii)    a draft amendment of a management plan; or

                        (iii)    a draft replacement management plan; and

               (b)    states how the draft can be obtained; and

                (c)    invites comments on the draft from:

                          (i)    members of the public; and

                         (ii)    indigenous people with rights and interests in the place; and

                        (iii)    if the place is in a State or self-governing Territory — the responsible agency (if any) of the State or Territory; and

               (d)    specifies the address to which comments may be sent; and

                (e)    specifies a date (at least 20 days after the last day on which the notice is published) by which comments must be sent.

Note   A notice mentioned in this regulation must be published in accordance with subregulation 16.05A (5).

10.03D   Commonwealth Heritage management principles (Act s 341Y)

                For subsection 341Y (1) of the Act, the Commonwealth Heritage management principles are set out in Schedule 7B.

10.03E   Heritage strategies (Act s 341ZA)

                For paragraph 341ZA (3) (c) of the Act, a heritage strategy made by a Commonwealth agency must address the matters set out in Schedule 7C.

10.03F    Report about review of heritage strategy (Act s 341ZA)

                For subsection 341ZA (6) of the Act, a report about the review of a Commonwealth agency heritage strategy must include the following:

                (a)    an outline of consultation undertaken with relevant stakeholders in the review process;

               (b)    a summary of the agency’s achievements against its objectives for management of its heritage places;

                (c)    an evaluation of the success of each of the matters included in a Commonwealth agency heritage strategy in achieving the identification, protection, conservation and presentation of Commonwealth Heritage values;

               (d)    an update on the extent to which the identification and assessment of Commonwealth Heritage values of all agency property has been achieved, and the values included in an agency’s heritage places register;

                (e)    an update on the progress and timeliness of the preparation of management plans for Commonwealth Heritage places;

                (f)    an outline of any physical and management changes that have occurred to the agency’s Commonwealth Heritage places since the last strategy was prepared, and of any expected changes;

               (g)    an update on progress with Commonwealth Heritage training programs;

               (h)    a specification of the time-frame for updating the Heritage Strategy following the review;

                (i)    an update on other heritage issues relevant to the agency’s management of Commonwealth Heritage places in accordance with the Commonwealth Heritage Management Principles.

10.03G   Heritage assessments and registers (Act s 341ZB)

         (1)   For paragraph 341ZB (2) (a) of the Act, Commonwealth heritage values for a place may be identified by:

                (a)    considering all natural and cultural heritage values, recognising indigenous people as the primary source of information on the significance of their heritage and their participation as necessary to identify and assess indigenous heritage values; and

               (b)    identifying values against the Commonwealth heritage criteria; and

                (c)    using expert heritage advice to ensure that levels of documentary and field research are appropriate to best practice assessment and management of heritage values; and

               (d)    using a comparative and thematic approach; and

                (e)    consulting widely, as appropriate, with government agencies, stakeholders and the community.

         (2)   For paragraph 341ZB (2) (b) of the Act, matters a register must include are the following:

                (a)    a comprehensive description, and a clear plan showing the name and location, of each place that has Commonwealth Heritage values;

               (b)    a discrete heritage place identification number for each place;

                (c)    details of ownership, leases, licences, rental or other tenure arrangements, as applicable;

               (d)    a summary description of the significant physical characteristics and elements of the place;

                (e)    a sequential summary of the use of the place;

                (f)    a statement of significance for the place, identifying its heritage values and specifying any that are Commonwealth Heritage values;

               (g)    a record of any other heritage listings, providing relevant register numbers;

               (h)    a record of the date and nature of any works, maintenance or other activity at the place that is relevant to conservation of its heritage values;

                (i)    a specification of any property or information access restrictions or requirements;

                (j)    an outline of any consultation requirements relating to the place;

               (k)    a list of relevant conservation documents or references;

                (l)    a record of when information has been updated;

              (m)    cross references to:

                          (i)    agency place records of any objects that are significant by association with the place, indicating their current location; and

                         (ii)    archived records of particular importance to the heritage values of the place.

         (3)   For paragraph 341ZB (2) (c) of the Act, a report to the Minister must include the following:

                (a)    an outline of the identification program;

               (b)    details of any surveys conducted, or expert advice obtained by, the agency to identify the Commonwealth Heritage values;

                (c)    a summary of the work undertaken with respect to each of the matters included in these Regulations for the identification and assessment of Commonwealth Heritage values.

Division 6              Australian IUCN reserves

10.04      Australian IUCN reserve management principles

                For subsection 348 (1) of the Act, the IUCN reserve management principles for each IUCN category are:

                (a)    the general administrative principles set out in Part 1 of Schedule 8; and

               (b)    the principles set out for the category in Part 2 of Schedule 8.

[2]           Before regulation 16.03

insert

Subdivision 16.2.1      Assessments and approvals

[3]           After regulation 16.05

insert

Subdivision 16.2.2      National and Commonwealth Heritage

16.05A   Publication requirements

         (1)   This regulation sets out the publication requirements for material under the following provisions of the Act:

                (a)    subsection 324E (9);

               (b)    paragraph 324G (3A) (a);

                (c)    subsection 324H (1);

               (d)    subsection 324H (5);

                (e)    paragraph 324M (1) (b);

                (f)    subsection 324S (3);

               (g)    paragraphs 324S (6) (a) and 341G (3A) (a);

               (h)    subsection 341H (1);

                (i)    subsection 341H (5);

                (j)    paragraph 341M (1) (b);

               (k)    subsection 341S (3);

                (l)    paragraph 341S (6) (b).

         (2)   The material to which paragraphs (1) (a), (b), (c), (g), (h) and (l) applies must be published:

                (a)    on the Internet; and

               (b)    if the material is relevant to the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Territory of Christmas Island or Norfolk Island — in the government gazette of the Territory; and

                (c)    in a daily newspaper that circulates throughout Australia.

         (3)   The material to which paragraphs (1) (d) and (i) applies must be published on the Internet.

         (4)   The material to which paragraphs (1) (e) and (j) applies must, if it is relevant to the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Territory of Christmas Island or Norfolk Island, be published in the government gazette of the Territory.

         (5)   The material to which paragraphs (1) (f) and (k) applies must be published:

                (a)    on the Internet; and

               (b)    in the Gazette.

[4]           Schedule 2, after paragraph 5.02 (a)

insert

              (aa)    the National Heritage values of a National Heritage place;

[5]           After Schedule 5

insert

Schedule 5A      Management plans for National Heritage places

(regulation 10.01C)

                A management plan must:

                (a)    establish objectives for the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission of the National Heritage values of the place; and

               (b)    provide a management framework that includes reference to any statutory requirements and agency mechanisms for the protection of the National Heritage values of the place; and

                (c)    provide a comprehensive description of the place, including information about its location, physical features, condition, historical context and current uses; and

               (d)    provide a description of the National Heritage values and any other heritage values of the place; and

                (e)    describe the condition of the National Heritage values of the place; and

                (f)    describe the method used to assess the National Heritage values of the place; and

               (g)    describe the current management requirements and goals, including proposals for change and any potential pressures on the National Heritage values of the place; and

               (h)    have policies to manage the National Heritage values of a place, and include, in those policies, guidance in relation to the following:

                          (i)    the management and conservation processes to be used;

                         (ii)    the access and security arrangements, including access to the area for indigenous people to maintain cultural traditions;

                        (iii)    the stakeholder and community consultation and liaison arrangements;

                        (iv)    the policies and protocols to ensure that indigenous people participate in the management process;

                         (v)    the protocols for the management of sensitive information;

                        (vi)    the planning and management of works, development, adaptive reuse and property divestment proposals;

                       (vii)    how unforeseen discoveries or disturbance of heritage are to be managed;

                      (viii)    how, and under what circumstances, heritage advice is to be obtained;

                        (ix)    how the condition of National Heritage values is to be monitored and reported;

                         (x)    how records of intervention and maintenance of a heritage places register are kept;

                        (xi)    the research, training and resources needed to improve management;

                       (xii)    how heritage values are to be interpreted and promoted; and

                (i)    include an implementation plan; and

                (j)    show how the implementation of policies will be monitored; and

               (k)    show how the management plan will be reviewed.

Schedule 5B      National Heritage management principles

(regulation 10.01E)

        1       The objective in managing National Heritage places is to identify, protect, conserve, present and transmit, to all generations, their National Heritage values.

        2       The management of National Heritage places should use the best available knowledge, skills and standards for those places, and include ongoing technical and community input to decisions and actions that may have a significant impact on their National Heritage values.

        3       The management of National Heritage places should respect all heritage values of the place and seek to integrate, where appropriate, any Commonwealth, State, Territory and local government responsibilities for those places.

        4       The management of National Heritage places should ensure that their use and presentation is consistent with the conservation of their National Heritage values.

        5       The management of National Heritage places should make timely and appropriate provision for community involvement, especially by people who:

                (a)    have a particular interest in, or association with, the place; and

               (b)    may be affected by the management of the place.

        6       Indigenous people are the primary source of information on the value of their heritage and the active participation of indigenous people in identification, assessment and management is integral to the effective protection of indigenous heritage values.

        7       The management of National Heritage places should provide for regular monitoring, review and reporting on the conservation of National Heritage values.

[6]           After Schedule 7

insert

Schedule 7A      Management plans for Commonwealth Heritage places

(regulation 10.03B)

                A management plan must:

                (a)    establish objectives for the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission of the Commonwealth Heritage values of the place; and

               (b)    provide a management framework that includes reference to any statutory requirements and agency mechanisms for the protection of the Commonwealth Heritage values of the place; and

                (c)    provide a comprehensive description of the place, including information about its location, physical features, condition, historical context and current uses; and

               (d)    provide a description of the Commonwealth Heritage values and any other heritage values of the place; and

                (e)    describe the condition of the Commonwealth Heritage values of the place; and

                (f)    describe the method used to assess the Commonwealth Heritage values of the place; and

               (g)    describe the current management requirements and goals, including proposals for change and any potential pressures on the Commonwealth Heritage values of the place; and

               (h)    have policies to manage the Commonwealth Heritage values of a place, and include in those policies, guidance in relation to the following:

                          (i)    the management and conservation processes to be used;

                         (ii)    the access and security arrangements, including access to the area for indigenous people to maintain cultural traditions;

                        (iii)    the stakeholder and community consultation and liaison arrangements;

                        (iv)    the policies and protocols to ensure that indigenous people participate in the management process;

                         (v)    the protocols for the management of sensitive information;

                        (vi)    the planning and management of works, development, adaptive reuse and property divestment proposals;

                       (vii)    how unforeseen discoveries or disturbance of heritage are to be managed;

                      (viii)    how, and under what circumstances, heritage advice is to be obtained;

                        (ix)    how the condition of Commonwealth Heritage values is to be monitored and reported;

                         (x)    how records of intervention and maintenance of a heritage places register are kept;

                        (xi)    the research, training and resources needed to improve management;

                       (xii)    how heritage values are to be interpreted and promoted; and

                (i)    include an implementation plan; and

                (j)    show how the implementation of policies will be monitored; and

               (k)    show how the management plan will be reviewed.

Schedule 7B      Commonwealth Heritage management principles

(regulation 10.03D)

        1       The objective in managing Commonwealth Heritage places is to identify, protect, conserve, present and transmit, to all generations, their Commonwealth Heritage values.

        2       The management of Commonwealth Heritage places should use the best available knowledge, skills and standards for those places, and include ongoing technical and community input to decisions and actions that may have a significant impact on their Commonwealth Heritage values.

        3       The management of Commonwealth Heritage places should respect all heritage values of the place and seek to integrate, where appropriate, any Commonwealth, State, Territory and local government responsibilities for those places.

        4       The management of Commonwealth Heritage places should ensure that their use and presentation is consistent with the conservation of their Commonwealth Heritage values.

        5       The management of Commonwealth Heritage places should make timely and appropriate provision for community involvement, especially by people who:

                (a)    have a particular interest in, or associations with, the place; and

               (b)    may be affected by the management of the place;

        6       Indigenous people are the primary source of information on the value of their heritage and that the active participation of indigenous people in identification, assessment and management is integral to the effective protection of indigenous heritage values.

        7       The management of Commonwealth Heritage places should provide for regular monitoring, review and reporting on the conservation of Commonwealth Heritage values.

Schedule 7C      Heritage strategies

(regulation 10.03E)

        1       A strategy must include general matters, including the following:

                (a)    a statement of the agency’s objective for management of its heritage places;

               (b)    a description of how the heritage strategy operates within the agency’s corporate planning framework;

                (c)    a list of key positions within the agency, the holders of which are responsible for heritage matters;

               (d)    an outline of a process for consultation and liaison with other government agencies on heritage matters;

                (e)    an outline of a process for consultation and liaison with the community on heritage matters, including, in particular, a process for consultation and liaison with indigenous stakeholders on indigenous heritage matters;

                (f)    an outline of a process for resolution of conflict arising from the assessment and management of Commonwealth Heritage values;

               (g)    an outline of processes for monitoring, reviewing and reporting on the implementation of an agency’s heritage strategy.

        2       A strategy must include matters relating to the identification and assessment of Commonwealth Heritage values, including the following:

                (a)    an outline of the process for identifying and assessing the Commonwealth Heritage values of all agency property;

               (b)    a statement of the time-frames for the completion of:

                          (i)    the agency’s heritage identification and assessment program; and

                         (ii)    the agency’s register of places and their Commonwealth Heritage values; and

                        (iii)    the agency’s report to the Minister, that includes details of the program and a copy of the register.

        3       A strategy must include matters relating to the management of Commonwealth Heritage values, including the following:

                (a)    a description of how the agency’s heritage places register will be maintained, updated and made accessible to the public;

               (b)    a statement of the time frame for the preparation of management plans for the agency’s Commonwealth Heritage places;

                (c)    an outline of the existing use, by the agency, of places with Commonwealth Heritage values;

               (d)    an outline of current or expected development, works, disposal or other proposals that may affect Commonwealth Heritage values;

                (e)    an outline of the process to ensure that Commonwealth Heritage values are considered in the agency’s planning for future development, works, divestment or other proposals;

                (f)    a plan and budget for the maintenance and long-term conservation of Commonwealth Heritage values;

               (g)    an outline of the process by which the success of the agency in conserving Commonwealth Heritage values will be monitored and reviewed.

        4       A strategy must include matters relating to Commonwealth Heritage training and promotion, including the following:

                (a)    a program for the training of agency staff about Commonwealth heritage obligations and best practice heritage management;

               (b)    a program for promoting community awareness of Commonwealth Heritage values, as appropriate.

[7]           Dictionary, after definition of Commonwealth area

insert

Commonwealth Heritage place — see Act, section 528.

[8]           Dictionary, after definition of heritage

insert

heritage value — see Act, section 528.

[9]           Dictionary, after definition of hovercraft

insert

indigenous heritage value — see Act, section 528.

[10]         Dictionary, after definition of motor vehicle

insert

National Heritage List — see Act, section 528.

National Heritage place — see Act, section 528.

Notes

1.       These Regulations amend Statutory Rules 2000 No. 181, as amended by 2001 Nos. 179, 306 and 327; 2002 No. 83.

2.       Notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 23 December 2003.