International Environmental Leadership

An Albanese Government will continue to build on Labor’s strong legacy of international leadership on environmental issues and work towards World Heritage protection for our precious natural and built assets.

World Heritage

Labor has a proud history of environmental conservation through the nomination of World Heritage sites, including the Daintree Wet Tropics in Queensland, Shark Bay in Western Australia, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta in the Northern Territory, the Gondwana rainforests in New South Wales, and the Tasmanian Wilderness.

An Albanese Labor Government will:

  • Take steps to maintain World Heritage status for Australia’s currently listed sites, including the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Pursue the World Heritage listing of Murujuga and the Flinders Rangers, working with States and Territories.
  • Look into the expansion of World Heritage protection for the Cape York Peninsula and West Kimberley, and into adding cultural and Indigenous heritage values as part of World Heritage and National Heritage listed areas, including the Daintree.
  • Deliver the $276 million promised but not delivered to the Kakadu national park.
  • Work to add the Paramatta Female Factory to the World Heritage Listing of Australian Convict sites and support Copenhagen’s nomination of the Victorian Trades Hall to the World Heritage list.

International leadership 

An Albanese Labor Government will give an annual ministerial statement on Australia’s effort in international environmental leadership, such as protecting whales, supporting an East Antarctic Marine Park, participating in CoPs for environmental conventions.

We will play an active leadership role in supporting negotiations towards both an international agreement on the High Seas and on Marine Litter and Microplastics.

Labor governments have played critical roles in international agreements in the past, including in the Montreal Agreement to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which were making a hole in the ozone layer, and partnering with France to stop the mining of Antarctica.

An Albanese Labor Government will commit to the High Ambition Coalition’s pledge to protect 30% of land and seas by 2030, which has now been signed by more than 90 countries.

Labor’s commitment to increase funding for the management of Indigenous Protected Areas is an important part of increasing the proportion of land under protection.