Identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef

On 17 September 2019, the following matter was referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 October 2020.

Submissions closed on 8 November 2019.

A large number of submissions have been made to this inquiry. These submissions will be published as soon as possible.

The identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef, with particular reference to:

  1. the existing evidence-base on the impact of farm water runoff on the health of the Great Barrier Reef and catchment areas;
  2. the connectivity of farm practices throughout the Great Barrier Reef catchment areas to water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park;
  3. relevant legislation and regulation, including in relation to impacts of water quality, farm management and soil runoff;
  4. proposed changes to regulations that would impact on farm productivity and the potential benefits and costs of such proposed regulation;
  5. the wider economic and social impact of proposed regulations to restrict farm practices; and
  6. any related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511
Fax: +61 2 6277 5811
rrat.sen@aph.gov.au

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