Terms of Reference

On 15 May 2014, the Senate referred the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 [Provisions]  and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014 [Provisions] to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report.

Submissions closing date is 30 May 2014. The reporting date is 23 June 2014.

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526

About this inquiry

The Committee has been requested to review the Bills and gather evidence on matters including the:

  • potential impacts of delegating environmental approval powers to state and territory governments;
  • maintenance of high environmental standards;
  • benefits of streamlining and reducing red tape; and
  • potential impacts of cost-recovery on environmental assessment and approval processes, including budgetary impact, cost impacts for proponents and impacts on process timing.

Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions


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