Resource management and environmental laws

Sustainable management of resources and use of best management practices will ensure long-term industry sustainability and customer confidence in the agricultural industry.

You are encouraged to contact agriculture industry associations and government departments to access services, industry experts and advice.

The following websites provide a range of information for resource use and management.

Agricultural industries, and environment laws and management

Find out more about industries and land management, such as:

Environment, science and conservation

Department of Environment and Science provide information on ecosystems, threatened species, heritage, water quality, coastal management and development licences and permits environmentally relevant activities and development applications.

A range of information is also available from the Queensland Government's Environment, Land and Water website.

Resource use impacts for Matters of National Environmental Significance

Local councils or state government departments are often the first point of contact for the review and approval for land or water infrastructure development. In most situations planning and development assessment officials within councils or state agencies will make you aware of the federal requirements and law you need to observe and comply with.

However, in some cases if a development assessment does not require a coordinated approach such as through SARA, this advice could be overlooked. To ensure this doesn't happen for Matters of National Environmental Significance, we have provided you with the key information you may need to comply with.

Depending on the type project you are considering, your development may be subject to the Australian Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. The EPBC sets out a number of objectives for the protection of *matters of national environmental significance including:

  • providing an environmental approval and assessment process for developments that will or are likely to have a significant impact on any of the matters of environmental significance
  • promoting ecologically sustainable development through the conservation and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources.

*Under the Act, there are 9 matters of national environmental significance:

  • World heritage properties
  • National heritage places
  • Wetlands of international importance (listed under the Ramsar Convention)
  • Listed threatened species and ecological communities
  • Migratory species protected under international agreements
  • Commonwealth marine areas
  • The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Nuclear actions (including uranium mines)
  • A water resource, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development.

You may need to seek approval for your project from the federal Minster for Environment, if the project could have a significant impact on the environment. Find out whether your project requires approval under the EPBC Act and access the appropriate forms.

Find out more about World Heritage Areas and requirements that maintain their integrity:

Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations

There are 56 Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations across Australia and all are governed by Boards of directors that represent their community's NRM perspectives and priorities.

Regional NRM organisations work from the paddock to the regional scale to address issues that require a landscape perspective. These organisations can provide valuable knowledge and resources including mapping, local knowledge and advice. There are 6 regional NRM organisations for the North Queensland  region:

The Torres Strait Regional Authority deals with the Torres Strait NRM region.

An interactive map of Queensland's NRM organisations is available from the Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective website.