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Appendix B1 - Matter-specific Standards for National Heritage

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 Heritage places comprise natural, historic and Indigenous places of outstanding heritage significance to Australia. National Heritage places also support Australia’s commitments under international conventions.



Environmental Outcome

The National Heritage values of Australia’s National Heritage places are identified, protected, conserved, presented and transmitted to future generations.

National Standard

The conservation and management of National Heritage places is supported by actions, decisions, plans and policies that:

  1. Protect and manage the National Heritage values of a place in accordance with the National Heritage Management Principles, and with input from the Australian community, from those with rights or interests in the place, particularly Traditional Owners, and from experts.
  2. Ensure the National Heritage values of a place are not adversely impacted, taking into account both individual and cumulative impacts, including by ensuring that decisions, at a minimum:
    1. avoid actions within, or that have an impact on, a National Heritage place, unless consistent with its National Heritage values of the place.
  3. Are not inconsistent with a management plan for the place made in accordance with the EPBC Act.
  4. Develop and implement management arrangements that ensure the National Heritage values of National Heritage places are conserved and maintained.
  5. Monitor and report on the state of the National Heritage values of National Heritage places.

Further Information

Australian Heritage Database

General information about Australia’s listed heritage places

This Standard should be applied in conjunction with the Overarching MNES Standard, relevant matter-specific Standards and other National Environmental Standards.


Cumulative impacts: the collective impacts from all actions, decisions, plans, policies and other pressures, measured against a stipulated baseline. See Significant Impact Guidelines 1.2 (2013), Significant Impact Guidelines 1.3 (2013) and Reef 2050 Plan: Cumulative Impact Management Policy (2018) for further explanation of the concept of cumulative impacts.

National Heritage place: defined at section 324C(3) of the EPBC Act. Includes the areas within the boundary of the listed place.

National Heritage Management Principles: defined in regulation 10.01E of the EPBC Regulations.

National Heritage values: defined at section 324D of the EPBC Act. Identified in the gazetted National Heritage listing instrument and are published on the Australian Heritage Database. These may include natural, human or cultural values related to listed place.

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    Publish date

    October 2020