EPBC (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021 introduced

The Commonwealth Government has introduced the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021 (Bill) to establish a framework for making National Environmental Standards (NES) and establishing an Environment Assurance Commissioner (Commissioner). Read more

EPBC Act review – Final Report released

Professor Graeme Samuels has released the Final Report on the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act), finding that Australia’s ‘current environmental trajectory is unsustainable’ and that the ‘EPBC Act is ineffective’. The Final Report proposes wide-ranging reforms, including the introduction of legally enforceable National Environmental Standards (NES), … Read more

Wind farm assets held to be chattels, not fixtures

In a recent test case involving Ararat Wind Farm, the Supreme Court of Victoria held that above-ground wind farm assets were chattels and therefore excluded from the capital improved value of leviable land for the Victorian Fire Services Levy. Read more

Australia’s enhanced decommissioning framework released

On 14 December 2020, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources released the consultation paper, "Enhancing Australia's Decommissioning Framework". The paper is the third step in a reform process and follows a Discussion Paper published in October 2018, a process of consultation and stakeholder formal submissions into early 2019. Implementation of the framework is expected to occur in 2021. We have outlined the key components of the proposed Enhanced Framework. Read more