Datasets - protected wetlands, rivers and river catchments

International, national, and state listed wetlands, rivers and catchments have been identified.

Nationally and internationally listed

  • RAMSAR wetlands—these wetlands have been granted protected status under the Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar , Iran , in 1971. In Australia , they are protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth).
  • Wetlands of National Significance—wetlands listed under the Directory of Important Wetlands. During 2001, the third edition of the Directory was released. It identified 851 nationally important wetland sites around Australia . Of these, 56 are also recognised under the Ramsar Convention.


  • New South Wales
  • Western Australia
  • Queensland —is moving towards legislative protection for wild rivers. On 24 July 2006, the Queensland Premier announced the government's intention to protect six waterways under a revised Wild Rivers Act. These are the Gregory and Staaten rivers, Settlement Creek, Mornington Inlet as well as waterways on Fraser and Hinchinbrook islands.

Because it is difficult to be certain about the shape and size of dynamic systems like wetlands, the maps in AWR 2005 use a symbol at the centre of the wetlands to show where they are. Only Victoria 's Heritage River catchments have been shown in these maps with their spatial extent.


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Last Updated 12/10/2006