EPBC Act review

Public submissions have opened for the first review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in a decade.

Led by Professor Graeme Samuel AC, the review’s terms of reference includes that the panel make recommendations to modernise the Act after consultations with State, Territory and other levels of government.

Respondents can read this discussion paper and make submissions before 14 February 2020.

The review will be completed before October 2020.

It comes as Prime Minister Morrison told the Business Council of Australia that  “environmental approval processes for major projects” were overly complex, duplicative, and took “too long”.

Meanwhile, Australia’s eight state and territory environmental legal centres  announced they’ll merge to become the national Environmental Defenders Office – the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

“Regulations are regularly not enacted or enforced,” CEO David Morris said.

“Governments have cut resources to departments that are supposed to monitor breaches of environment law.”