All clearing activity on Christmas Island is regulated under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) (CI). This Act requires assessment of the proposed clearing against the ten clearing principles specified in the Act. Following assessment of an application, a decision is made to grant or refuse a permit depending on the assessment against these principles. The Western Australian Department Water and Environment Regulation (DWER) administer this process under a service delivery agreement with the Commonwealth Government.
PRL produces spatial data and GIS maps and closely liaise 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.