Spotlight on the EPBC Act

Late-2013 saw plenty of activity around environmental assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act). On 16 October 2013, the Minister for the Environment announced a three-step framework for the implementation of the Federal Government’s ‘one-stop-shop’ policy. Meanwhile, on 20 December 2013, the Department of the Environment released new Significant Impact … Read more

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 (the Bill) was introduced into Parliament on 13 March 2013 and proposes to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC). The purpose of the Bill is to establish a new matter of national environmental significance (NES) in relation to the impacts coal seam … Read more