Appendix B1 - Recommended National Environmental Standards for Matters of National Environmental Significance
Recommended National Environmental Standards
Appendix B to the Final Report sets out in detail 4 recommended National Environmental Standards that were developed by the Review following consultation with science, Indigenous, environmental and business stakeholders and with input from technical experts.
National Environmental Standards for matters of national environmental significance
Matters of national environmental significance (MNES) are identified in the EPBC Act. The National Environmental Standards for matters of national environmental significance includes an overarching Standard that relates to all MNES and matter-specific Standards. These elements should be read together and in conjunction with other National Environmental Standards and the existing requirements of the EPBC Act.
The environmental outcomes articulated in the National Environmental Standards are the national intent for the protection and conservation of MNES.
Decisions at all scales and by all parties should work together to protect, conserve and improve outcomes for MNES. Progress towards the environmental outcome will result from the collective achievements of the combination of activities.