Environmental Protection (Water and Wetland Biodiversity) Policy 2019

Background

The purpose of the Environmental Protection (Water and Wetland Biodiversity) Policy 2019 (EPP Water and Wetland Biodiversity) is to achieve the object of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) in relation to waters and wetlands. That is, protecting Queensland’s water environment while allowing for development that is ecologically sustainable.

Environmental values (EVs) and water quality objectives (WQOs) are being progressively determined for Queensland waters.  EVs define the uses of the water by aquatic ecosystems and for human uses (e.g. drinking water, irrigation, aquaculture, recreation). WQOs define objectives for the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the water (e.g. nitrogen content, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, toxicants, fish). Please see the fact sheet  (PDF, 421.5KB) for more detail.

The management intent for waters is stated in section 15 of the EPP Water and Wetland Biodiversity. For waters of high ecological value the water quality is to be maintained.  For slightly disturbed waters, the water quality is to be improved where needed, to achieve the WQOs.  For moderately disturbed waters, water quality is to be maintained, or improved where needed, to meet the WQOs. In highly disturbed waters, water quality is to be improved so that it achieves the WQOs.

As EVs and WQOs are established for Queensland waters in accordance with the EPP Water and Wetland Biodiversity, after approval they are included in Schedule 1.  For waters not included in Schedule 1, the EVs and WQOs are respectively determined in accordance with section 6 and section 11 of the EPP Water and Wetland Biodiversity.

The Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (ANZG, 2018) includes a management framework that has been adopted in the EPP Water and Wetland Biodiversity.

EPP (Water and Wetland Biodiversity) Schedule 1 documents and mapping

EPP (Water and Wetland Biodiversity) Schedule 1 documents and maps are available from the list of basins on the drop -down menu on the left side of this page.  Also refer to the following status maps:

Spatial datasets and mapping methods

Spatial datasets for scheduled areas are available from the Queensland Spatial Catalogue, QSpatial. Search for ‘EPP’.

The department has prepared a mapping procedural guide (PDF, 526.6KB) outlining the procedures taken in developing mapping under the EPP (Water and Wetland Biodiversity). The guide includes an explanation of mapping procedures for project area boundaries, EVs catchments, water types, and management intent.

Related information

Contact details

For further information please contact the Healthy Waters Policy and Strategy Team:

  • by email at 
  • by mail to the Healthy Waters Policy and Strategy Team at GPO Box 2454, Brisbane QLD 4001