Part V Environmental Regulation Reform in Western Australia: Submissions open

The Western Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) have released further detail relating to the timing and content of the third stage of significant reforms to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) (EP Act), relating to Part V, Division 3. The recently released “Discussion paper: Environmental regulation reform” (Discussion Paper) available here sets … Read more

Reforming the Safeguard Mechanism

Government has announced that it will review the operation of the Safeguard Mechanism with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Australia’s highest emitting facilities. Comments on the discussion paper are due by 20 September 2022, with key issues in the discussion paper being calculation of baselines, the use of crediting mechanisms. Read more

Legislating ambition: Climate Change Bill 2022

The Federal Government has tabled its Climate Change Bill 2022 (the Bill) which – if passed – will enshrine into law the Government’s emissions reduction targets. A second bill, the Climate Change (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022 (the Amendments Bill) would define these targets as objectives of a range of government agencies and programs. Read more

19 projects under the EPBC Act the subject of reconsideration requests

The Environment Council of Central Queensland has submitted reconsideration requests for 19 projects under section 78A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act). The projects are all coal and gas projects, principally but not exclusively in Queensland, that are currently undergoing assessment under the EPBC Act. Read more

NT prepares to introduce environmental chain of responsibility legislation

In June 2022, the Northern Territory Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) released a consultation draft of the Environment Protection Legislation Amendment (Chain of Responsibility) Bill 2022 (NT) (Bill). The Bill has significant impacts on the liability of directors, associated entities, financiers, shareholders and others for environmental offences but only in relation to petroleum activities at this time. Read more

New Government, new Minister, new Federal environmental laws?

Going into the recent Federal election, the Australian Labor Party committed to establishing an independent Environment Protection Agency and providing a full response to the review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). With the new Ministry now sworn in, we look at what changes these commitments might bring. Read more

Northern Territory EPA consultation on greenhouse gas and cultural heritage guidance

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (EPA) commenced consultation last week on greenhouse gas and culture and heritage guidance for assessing proposals likely to have a significant impact on the environment under the Environment Protection Act 2019 (NT) (EP Act). The guidance documents provide advice on: A proponent’s obligations in respect to the EP Act. … Read more

The election and the environment: what happens next?

The recent Australian Federal election has resulted in a change of government. While the government is settling in, our Environment, Planning and Communities partners set out their top 5 predictions for coming change on environmental matters, and where the priorities should lie. Read more