Heard Island and McDonald Islands Act 1953

In north-west Heard Island a narrow isthmus links to Laurens Peninsula. Lynn Williams.

Heard Island and McDonald Islands Act 1953 (HIMI Act)

HIMI Environment Protection and Management Ordinance 1987

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands Act 1953 (HIMI Act) provides for the government of the Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands by application of the laws of the Australian Capital Territory and Commonwealth Acts, with provision for Ordinances to amend or repeal these laws.

The Environment Protection and Management Ordinance 1987 relates to the protection and management of the environment and wildlife of the Territory. It provides for the development of a management plan for the region to allow reasonable use of the Territory, including the construction and operation of a research station, while ensuring the Territory is conserved for appreciation by humankind. The Ordinance also details access to the Territory, and provides information regarding permits, inspectors, offences, and regulations. Amendments to this Ordinance are made in the Environment Protection and Management (Amendment) Ordinances 1990 & 1991 which, among other details, amend access to the Territory, and allow, in certain circumstances, for the Minister's powers to be delegated to the Director of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).

The AAD has developed the current Heard Island Wilderness Reserve Management Plan.

Current versions of Australian legislation and legislative instruments can be found at http://ww.comlaw.gov.au

This page was last modified on 12 August 2010.