The operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

The operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

First Report

18 March 2009

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISBN 978-1-74229-080-5

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Committee membership (PDF 7KB)
Recommendations (PDF 10KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 7KB)
Chapter 1 (PDF 36KB)

Design and operation of the EPBC Act
2006 Amendments to the EPBC Act
Criticisms of the Act
Independent review
This report

Chapter 2 - The scope of the EPBC Act (PDF 118KB)

The objects of the Act
Matters of national environmental significance
Are the 'triggers' in the Act adequate?
New 'triggers'

Chapter 3 - The environmental assessment and approval process (PDF 147KB)

The Commonwealth's role
Evaluations of the Commonwealth's environmental assessment actions
Cumulative impacts and strategic impact assessment
Ministerial discretion under the EPBC Act

Chapter 4 - Effectiveness of agreements (PDF 44KB)

Bilateral agreements
Activities undertaken by Commonwealth agencies

Chapter 5 - Threatened species and ecological communities (PDF 96KB)

Pressure on species and ecological communities
How the Act works: listing threatened species and ecological communities
Comments about the listing process
Effectiveness of listings under the Act
Recovery plans
The use of offsets in habitat conservation and species protection

Chapter 6 - Engaging stakeholders (PDF 107KB)

Are all projects that need to be referred getting referred?
Withdrawal and re-submission of proposals
Public participation: assessment timeframes; providing information
The costs of litigation
Administrative review of decisions
Judicial Review and the EPBC Act
Merits review of decisions

Coalition Senators' Additional Comments (PDF 21KB)

New 'triggers'
Compliance and Outcomes
The range of powers and tools
Bilateral agreements
Commonwealth agencies and duplication
Merits review

Additional Comments from the Australian Greens (PDF 69KB)


Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 8KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 8KB)
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents, additional information and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 6KB)

Tabled documents
Additional information
Answers to questions taken on notice

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