This interim report suggests that the EPBC Act does not position the Commonwealth to protect the environment and Australia’s iconic places in the national interest. The operation of the Act is dated and inefficient, and it is not fit to manage current or future environmental...
This briefing note provides suggestions for investment the New Zealand Government can make as part of an economic stimulus that will enable New Zealand to emerge from this crisis more resilient and with an improved environment.
Referrals, assessments and approvals of controlled actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s administration of referrals, assessments and approvals of controlled actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
This is an update of a paper, first published in October 2013, which sought to outline and encourage discussion of these issues and how they might be addressed. It is based on detailed analyses of the science, practical grass roots experience, consideration of what has...
An estimated 75 per cent of Australia's biodiversity is largely unknown.
The EPBC Act requires that an independent review be undertaken at least once every ten years. The review must examine the operation of the Act and the extent to which its objects have been achieved. The last review was completed in 2009. This discussion paper...
Despite global policy commitments to preserve Earth's marine biodiversity, many species are in a state of decline. This analysis shows 26%–41% of the ocean needs to be effectively managed and conserved through a combination of site-based actions and broad policy responses to achieve global conservation...
The ACT’s 4-yearly State of the Environment reporting is a requirement of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993. The report provides the ACT community and government with commentary and analysis about the condition of the environment and progress towards sustainability.
This report provides information on the major threats that may impact global prosperity in 2020 and over the next decade. The 15th edition of the report draws on feedback from nearly 800 global experts and decision-makers who were asked to rank their concerns in terms...
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that economic development continues, while environmental values are protected in the long term. Together with associated guidelines, this policy creates an overarching framework for offset assessment and decision-making in the NT, and provides certainty and transparency for...