Consultation on the draft WA Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020

After much anticipation, the WA State Government last week released for public consultation the draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 (Draft Bill).

As expected, the Draft Bill proposes to repeal the existing Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) and replace it with a new Act embodying more modern approaches to heritage management and providing a more comprehensive regulatory and administrative framework.

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WA Environmental Protection Act Reform – Bill Tabled

WA Environmental Protection Act Reform – Bill tabled

Government’s intent to reform the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) (EP Act) has been formalised with the tabling of the Environmental Protection Amendment Bill 2020 (WA) (Bill) on 16 April 2020. The Bill follows the release of an Exposure Draft for public comment in late 2019. Our summary of the aims of the reform and key aspects of the Exposure Draft is accessible here. Continue reading

WA DWER’s new industry guide to licensing and changes for critical containment infrastructure

By Melanie Debenham, Senior Associate, and Emily Wilson, Senior Associate, Perth

Last month DWER released its ‘Guideline: Industry Regulation Guide to Licensing’ (Guideline) following a 12 month stakeholder consultation process.

As parts of the Guideline represent a substantial change in administrative approach, it is intended to be implemented on a staged basis. Mandatory application to some premises and applications will commence on 1 October 2019. Continue reading

Recent WA waste reform activities

By Melanie Debenham, Senior Associate, and Emily Wilson, Senior Associate, Perth

2019 is shaping up to be an active year for waste reform in WA. Below is a snapshot of recent reform initiatives. Continue reading

WA EPA consultation on greenhouse gas guidance

By Melanie Debenham, Senior Associate, Perth

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) commenced consultation last week on the greenhouse gas guidance for assessing proposals likely to have a significant impact on the environment under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA).

The guidance being consulted on is exactly the same as that initially released and withdrawn in March 2019, being the Environmental Factor Guideline (Air) – Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Technical Guidance – Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions. To support the consultation, the EPA has also released a background paper. Continue reading

A new Aboriginal heritage system for WA

By Melanie Debenham, Senior Associate, and Emily Wilson, Solicitor, Perth.

In March 2019, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs released a discussion paper outlining proposals for reforming the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) (Discussion Paper). Any person with land or project development interests in WA should closely follow the course of these reforms. Continue reading