All clearing activity in Christmas Island is regulated under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) (CI). This Act requires assessment of proposed clearing against the ten clearing principles specified in the Act. This is administered by the Western Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) on behalf of the Commonwealth Government. Following assessment of an application, a decision is made to grant, or refuse a permit depending on the assessment against these principles.
In applying for a clearing permit, PRL undertakes flora, vegetation and EPBC Act 1999 listed threatened fauna and flora assessments of proposed clearing areas. PRL also produces accurate spatial data and GIS maps and closely liaises with regulators to ensure that the clearing permit application contains the pertinent information for the DWER assessment.
Clearing permits generally include conditions relating to minimising clearing footprint, fauna protection, weed management, threatened flora protection, and reporting.