The Federal Government has commenced a review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act). The Act requires an independent review to be undertaken at least once every 10 years.
The EPBC Act enables the Australian Government to manage and protect Australia’s environment, heritage and biodiversity at a nationwide level.
Examples of matters protected under the Act include world heritage properties, national heritage places, national parks and several other nationally significant environmental issues. In Mosman, protected matters include the Sydney Harbour National Park and the Commonwealth Heritage listed HMAS Penguin and Georges Heights Batteries.
Professor Graeme Samuel AC and a team of expert panel members will undertake the review in accordance with the Terms of Reference. The review will focus on the operation of the Act and if its objectives are being achieved, and will make recommendations to modernise the Act, addressing any current and future environmental challenges.
In the coming weeks, the review will release a discussion paper to start the conversation about the review and invite initial submissions. In the meantime, you can get involved by providing any initial comments or feedback by visiting the EPBC review website.