Interim report

Australia’s faunal extinction crisis

3 April 2019

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019
ISBN 978-1-76010-967-7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 1381KB)

Government Senators' additional comments - (PDF 13KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee membership (PDF 22KB)
Committee members
Committee secretariat
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 122KB)
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of this report
Reviews of and inquiries into the EPBC Act
Recent reforms to Commonwealth environment law and policy
Chapter 2 - Faunal extinction in Australia (PDF 285KB)
The status of Australia's biodiversity
Rate of faunal extinction in Australia
Key drivers of faunal extinction
Impacts of faunal extinction and decline
Chapter 3 - The adequacy of the EPBC Act (PDF 56KB)
Views on the EPBC Act
Areas of the EPBC Act in need of reform
Mechanisms for appeal of EPBC Act decisions
Lack of independent oversight
Chapter 4 - Conclusions and recommendations (PDF 26KB)
The adequacy of the EPBC Act
The need for new environmental laws and a federal environmental protection agency (EPA)
Future work of the committee
Australian Greens' additional comments (PDF 17KB)
An independent environment commission
Labor Senators' additional comments (PDF 15KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions, form letters, tabled documents, additional information and answers to questions on notice (PDF 62KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 28KB)
Appendix 3 - Summary of committee site visits (PDF 427KB)
Site visit: Toolangi State Forest and Healesville Sanctuary
Site visit: Toondah Harbour
Appendix 4 - Flowcharts of EPBC Act environment assessment processes (PDF 291KB)
Figure 1: EPBC Act environment assessment process–referral
Figure 2: EPBC Act environment assessment process–assessment/decision whether to approve

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