Convention on Wetlands of International Importance - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with this international convention if you intend to work with waterfowl and in wetlands.

This convention is also known as the Ramsar Convention. It seeks to:

  • promote conservation of wetlands and waterfowl
  • establish nature reserves on wetlands
  • provide adequately for their protection and management
  • train personnel in the field of wetlands research and management.

If you engage in an activity covered by Division 2 (Inspection of Land), Division 3 (Installation of Facilities) or Division 4 (Maintenance of Facilities), you must do so in a manner that is consistent with Australia's obligations under a listed international agreement that is relevant to the activity. The objectives to be met in relation to this international commitment would include identification of any wetlands of international importance and ensuring appropriate management and land use recommendations in relation to those wetlands.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Convention on Wetlands of International Importance - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on obtaining this document.
Comply All Wetlands and Ramsar Convention - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division