Regulatory charter: building regulatory system

Supporting the living regulatory system approach, this charter reinforces shared ownership for the system among those with regulatory functions and is designed to support cooperation between system participants and ensure any changes contribute to the desired outcomes of the system as a whole.

Regulatory stewardship

Regulatory stewardship is a responsibility of government regulatory agencies. It involves them adopting a whole-of-system, lifecycle view of regulation, and taking a proactive, collaborative approach, to the monitoring and care of the regulatory system(s) within which they have policy or operational responsibilities.

Rehabilitating mines

This audit examines if the State of Victoria is effectively managing its exposure to liabilities from the rehabilitation of mines on private and public land.

Independent Review of the EPBC Act: interim report

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...

Response to the Independent Review of the EPBC Act discussion paper November 2019

This submission, prepared by Dr David Shearman and Professor Melissa Haswell, urges the EPBC Committee to recognise the full gravity of its task and to have the courage to take responsibility for completely transforming our environmental laws and regulations to enable them to protect the...
Policy report

A watershed approach to governing New Hampshire's lakes and rivers

This report assists in the transition to a watershed approach by presenting a detailed content analysis of existing statutes governing New Hampshire’s natural and man-made bodies of water.
Briefing paper

Cultural vandalism: regulated destruction of Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales

Aboriginal people in New South Wales have been trying to strengthen the law that is supposed to protect their cultural heritage since the late 1970s, but reform remains elusive. This paper outlines some reasons why.

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.
Position paper

Working with the environment to protect people: UNEP’s COVID-19 response

COVID-19 shows that the health of people and the planet are one and the same. The planet has delivered its strongest warning to date that humanity must change. The UNEP believes it has a duty to help nations build back better after the pandemic to...
Discussion paper

Regulatory philosophy, theory and practice: ka mua, ka muri

This research paper reflects on the long and often remarkable history of regulatory reform to lay out the main regulatory challenges of today, and explores how they can be best addressed in the future.