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.
On 30 September 2020, the Senate granted an extension of time to report until 8 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:
- the existing evidence-base on the impact of farm water runoff on the health of the Great Barrier Reef and catchment areas;
the connectivity of farm practices throughout the Great Barrier Reef catchment areas to water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park;
relevant legislation and regulation, including in relation to impacts of water quality, farm management and soil runoff;
proposed changes to regulations that would impact on farm productivity and the potential benefits and costs of such proposed regulation;
the wider economic and social impact of proposed regulations to restrict farm practices; and
any related matters.