EPBC Act Review: Make a submission on the discussion paper

Closes 17 Apr 2020

Opened 21 Nov 2019

Overview

This form allows you to make a formal submission to contribute to the independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The review acknowledges that the events of the past 6 months present an unprecedented challenge for our stakeholders. The due date for submissions on the discussion paper was extended earlier this year to 17 April 2020. Submissions made by the due date will allow the reviewer to identify organisations or individuals with substantive ideas that require further engagement to explore.

Where it is not possible to make your submission by 17 April 2020, late submissions will be accepted. Submitting as early as possible will remain important to ensure your ideas can be considered.

Discussion Paper

A discussion paper has been prepared to assist participants to make a submission.

The paper is intended to be thought-provoking and outlines key information about the EPBC Act, what it does and where it came from. The paper identifies some of the long-term pressures on Australia’s environment and heritage, and known concerns with the operation of the legislation, especially with its regulatory processes.

In the paper potential areas of focus for the review are explored, and possible options for reform floated. These are not settled views, rather a starting point to stimulate discussion. The aim is to explore a wide range of options and to develop sensible recommendations for reform that can be implemented.

Please read the discussion paper and prepare your submission as a response to the specific questions and broad questions asked.

Additional information and background on the EPBC Act are available as well as further information on the review process.

Submissions

Our preference is to receive written contributions through this online form. This form will help us efficiently process comments and submissions, allowing us to focus on the content and ideas rather than administration. If however you have a pre-prepared submission or if you have supporting information, for which you own the copyright you can attach this at question 7. Contributions can also be made by post or email. Details for contacting the Secretariat are available on the review website.

Publishing submissions and privacy

Your contribution will be published on the review website along with your name and/or organisation, unless the review considers that your contribution is offensive, potentially defamatory or includes irrelevant or personal information. Your submission may also be referred to, or quoted, in review reports.

You may choose to remain anonymous. In this case your submission will be published but not attributed to you or organisation. You may also submit a confidential submission. In this case your name or organisation will be published but not the content of your submission.    

Before making a submission, please read the information on how your privacy will be protected and how the information that you provide will be treated. The Department of the Environment and Energy’s Privacy Policy contains information about how to access or correct your personal information or make a complaint about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles.

The review is committed to treating confidential information responsibly and in accordance with the law. In some circumstances, the review may be legally required to produce confidential information. Any request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to a submission marked confidential will be determined in accordance with that Act.

What you write in the form will not be provided to the review until you click 'Finish' at the end of the form. You can also save your responses as you go and return to them later.

Why We Are Consulting

With such broad Terms of Reference, a key early step in the review process is to identify those areas where reform will deliver the greatest benefit for the environment, for business and for the community, while maintaining strong environmental standards. Submissions received will help identify what those key areas for reform are and inform the direction of the review.

Click below to make your submission

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Green Army
  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Tasmania
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
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  • National
  • Matters of environmental significance
  • Carbon pricing mechanism/carbon price/carbon tax
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  • Gladstone
  • Great Artesian Basin
  • Great Barrier Reef
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  • Kimberley strategic assessment
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  • Offshore drilling
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  • Coorong
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  • Gladstone Harbour
  • Abbot Point
  • Port development (Queensland)
  • Shipping (Queensland)
  • Federal/National environment law
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • EPBC Act
  • Climate change
  • Sea dumping
  • Water quality
  • Climate change
  • Crown-of-thorns starfish
  • Ocean acidification
  • coral
  • Turtles and Dugongs
  • World Heritage Committee
  • World Heritage In Danger Listing
  • Outstanding Universal Value
  • Reef Rescue
  • Reef 2050_Long-Term Sustainability Plan
  • GBR Outlook Report 2014
  • Marine species
  • Marine species conservation
  • Threatened species
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  • Migratory birds
  • Australian Marine Parks
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  • Fisheries assessments
  • Supertrawler
  • International engagement
  • Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
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  • International Whaling Commission
  • marine debris
  • marine pollution
  • whales
  • dolphins
  • sharks
  • turtles
  • dugongs
  • Native wildlife protection
  • Threatened species
  • Ecological communities
  • Migratory birds
  • Assessment of nominations for listing
  • Recovery plans
  • EPBC Act
  • Key threatening processes
  • Threat abatement plans
  • Referrals and assessments
  • Threatened Species Scientific Committee
  • Threatened Species Commissioner
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  • 20 Million Trees
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  • heritage conservation
  • training
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  • green corridors
  • connected landscape
  • climate change
  • salinity
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  • biodiversity
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  • Heritage conservation
  • Heritage management
  • Supporting heritage
  • World Heritage Committee
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  • EPBC Act
  • Historic Shipwrecks Act
  • Anzac Cove, Gallipoli
  • Kokoda Track, PNG
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  • Commonwealth Heritage Assessments
  • World Heritage nominations
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