Queensland’s new energy transition laws

The Queensland Parliament has passed the Clean Economy Jobs Act 2024 (Clean Economy Jobs Act) and the Energy (Renewable Transformation and Jobs) Act 2024 (Renewable Transformation Act) to enshrine Queensland’s renewable energy targets and greenhouse gas emissions targets into legislation. The Queensland Government has also introduced a Bill proposing to expand the scope of the GasFields Commission Queensland and rename it as Coexistence Queensland. Read more

Queensland’s hydrogen laws under review

The Queensland Government has released a consultation paper on options for better regulation of Queensland’s hydrogen industry. The Department of Energy and Climate is inviting feedback on the proposals until 1 March 2024. Read more

New year, new environment legislation

2024 is tipped to be a big year for environmental law reform, as the Commonwealth Government prepares to introduce legislation to replace the existing Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). While draft legislation is yet to be introduced, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) has been consulting about the proposed reforms, with some of the consultation papers released for public comment by 30 March 2024. HSF looks at the proposed new framework for Commonwealth environmental approvals. Read more

The future of environmental offsets – a sneak peek at the National Environmental Standard

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) has released the draft National Environmental Standard (NES) for Restoration Actions and Restoration Contributions, which is set to replace the existing concept of environmental offsets. The consultation papers from the Department’s stakeholder consultation session held in November 2023 are now available on the DCCEEW consultation hub. Read more

Guiding us through the transition back to the Aboriginal Heritage Act – Guidelines released

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 (WA) has now officially been repealed and the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) has been reinstated with amendments. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has published two new guideline documents on their website to aid in understanding the operation of the amended Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA). This blog post sets out the key details of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage's guidance documents and the State Government funding that has recently been announced to assist proponents to comply with their obligations under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA). Read more

Have your say on the draft NSW energy policy framework

To support the clean energy transition, draft guidelines for wind, solar, transmission, benefit-sharing and private agreements have been released by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. This new policy package should be reviewed by existing and prospective applicants of clean energy and transmission projects in NSW. Read more