Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2000; Australian Heritage Council Bill 2000; Australian Heritage Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2000

Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2000;
Australian Heritage Council Bill 2000;
Australian Heritage Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2000

8 May 2001

© Commonwealth of Australia 2001
ISBN 0 642 71127 5

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 100KB)
Letter of Transmittal (PDF 85KB)
Recommendations (PDF 79KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 131KB)

The Committee’s inquiry
Background to the bills
Structure of the report
Description of the bills
The current heritage regime

Chapter 2 - The appropriateness of the new heritage protection legislation (PDF 178KB)

Need for and basis of reforms
Strengths of the existing regime
Weaknesses of the existing regime
Appropriate roles for governments
Heritage protection in the EPBC Act
Coverage of the bills

Chapter 3 - The Australian Heritage Commission (PDF 139KB)

The role of the Australian Heritage Council
Determinations on heritage status
Membership of the Australian Heritage Council

Chapter 4 - The future of the register of the National Estate and other transitional arrangements (PDF 119KB)

The importance of a national heritage inventory
Transitional protection of RNE places

Chapter 5 - Administration of the National and Commonwealth Heritage Lists (PDF 179KB)

Scope of the lists
The assessment criteria and management principles
Opportunities for external comment
Ministerial accountability
Removal of places from the list
Heritage surveys and registers
Application of state laws to Commonwealth land
Review and reporting requirements
Funding issues
The potential for thematic listings

Chapter 6 - Enforcement of Heritage protection (PDF 135KB)

Definition of ‘action’
Protection upon sale or lease
Definition of ‘significant impact’
Definition of damage to heritage
Retention of the prudent and feasible alternative test
Enforcement of the EPBC Act
Authority of the Commonwealth Minister

Chapter 7 - Indigenous Heritage (PDF 112KB)

Relationship of the Bills to other Commonwealth legislation
Appropriateness of the proposed measures
International and national obligations

Minority report by Government Senators (PDF 87KB)

Australian Heritage Council – Listing powers
Australian Heritage Council – composition and functions
Future role of the Register of the National Estate
Funding for heritage properties
Definition of ‘action’
Protection on sale or lease
Definition of significant impact

Minority report by Labor Senators (PDF 93KB)

Using the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act framework
The Register of National Estate (RNE)
The Commonwealth list
Separation of assessment and listing processes
The Australian Heritage Council
Indigenous heritage
Management principles

Appendix 1 - List of submissions (PDF 56KB)
Appendix 2 - Witnesses at hearings (PDF 80KB)
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents (PDF 67KB)
Appendix 4 - Draft criteria for natural heritage list places (PDF 64KB)
Appendix 5 - Heritage listing powers in states and territories (PDF 85KB)
Appendix 6 - Register of the national estate - current statistics (PDF 75KB)

Nominations received
Assessable place nominations
Section 30
Number of Commonwealth places in RNE

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment, Communications and the Arts
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
Email: ecita.sen@aph.gov.au