Cool fact…
Heard Island's isolation has protected it from many of the ravages apparent on other oceanic islands - for instance, from the effects of introduced predators such as cats and rats which rapidly devastate seabird populations.

Legislation and other requirements

Rockhopper penguin chicks
Rockhopper penguin chicks

Because the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve is a place of such high conservation significance, there is a series of legal and administrative requirements intended to ensure that human activities do not diminish these conservation values.

The pages in this section summarise generally the requirements of the main legislation governing activities in the Reserve, including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 (EPBC Act and Regulations) and the Environment Protection and Management Ordinance 1987 (HIMI Territory legislation).

This section also provides brief summaries of other relevant legislation and requirements and obligations under relevant national and international agreements.

This page was last modified on 28 February 2005.