COP15: Will the biodiversity conference meet nature positive ambitions?

Next month Montreal in Canada will host the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15). Despite attracting less headlines than its climate change COP-counterparts, COP15 has particular significance as the parties seek to settle a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. This framework will guide the next decade of action on biodiversity. Read more

Commonwealth Government’s response to the Juukan Gorge Inquiry released today

Today, the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP formally tabled the much anticipated response to the interim and final report by the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia into the destruction of Indigenous heritage Sites at Juukan Gorge. Snapshot The Commonwealth Government has wholly, or in principle, accepted seven … Read more

Environment and climate features in 2023 Federal Budget

The 2023 Federal Budget has promised increased funding and programs supporting climate and environmental initiatives. Snapshot This is the first Federal Budget since the Government committed Australia to a 43% emissions reduction target by 2030 and net zero by 2050 and the release of the State of the Environment Report.  The Budget contains key funding … Read more

New guideline released for large-scale solar projects

The NSW Government has released a revised Large-Scale Solar Energy Guideline (Guideline), which provides updated direction on the planning framework and assessment of State significant development (SSD) solar developments, including how the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) will assess impacts. Read more

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