Environmental protection

Report

7 Mar 2019
115

This research investigates Victoria’s overarching approach to environmental governance. It provides an account of Victoria’s environment portfolio, how it has evolved to meet changing priorities, and what might be done in the future. The approach to research is informed by policy analysis, portfolio studies, and...

Report

31 Jan 2019
410

South Australia's Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin Plan has handed down its final report. The year-long investigation was prompted by allegations of water theft by cotton farmers in New South Wales.

Report

30 Jan 2019
145

This is the third Environmental Performance Review of Australia. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, and includes special features on threatened species protection and sustainable use of biodiversity and chemical management.

Report

16 Jan 2019
224

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of a $443.3 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was informed by appropriate departmental advice and a thorough processes that complied with the grants administration framework.

Discussion paper

21 Dec 2018
32

An audit written by Ernst and Young (EY) found the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, and the near $3.2 billion worth of water it controls, was at risk of being defrauded by state agencies, individual officers within those agencies and private landholders. The Australia Institute has...

Strategy

20 Dec 2018
13

Fisheries New Zealand has collaborated with iwi, stakeholders and a blue cod expert group to develop and finalise the National Blue Cod strategy. The overarching aim of the strategy is to work together to deliver abundant and sustainable blue cod fisheries for all.

Strategy

Mahere Whakaora Kiwi 2018–2028
17 Dec 2018
21

This plan signals an exciting new phase in kiwi conservation, with a focus on protecting kiwi populations in the wild and increasing the populations of all eight kiwi species.

Report

11 Dec 2018
49

Stakeholders in the Lower Darling are strongly opposed to proposed changes to the Menindee Lakes. Local member, Kevin Humphries, has proposed a new ‘Option 7’ for the Lakes, aiming to deliver more water and local jobs.

Report

7 Dec 2018
8

This inquiry focused on the role of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH), including how environmental water is being used, the outcomes achieved and options for improving community engagement.

Report

5 Dec 2018
8

This report finds that the Tai Timu Tai Pari project’s success will ultimately depend on how the marine spatial plan is used and whether its recommendations are incorporated into local and central government’s decision-making.

Working paper

Working Paper No. 9
1 Dec 2018
12

The management, governance and control of the world’s oceans have become major policy and research agendas. Nowhere is this more the case than in the Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest ocean.

Report

30 Nov 2018
21

WA’s moratorium on fracking has been overturned without consideration of economic impacts. Economic logic, and the lived experience of Queensland and the USA, shows the industry has an incentive to expand as much and as fast as possible. This has a negative impact on communities,...

Commentary

30 Nov 2018
9

The majority of Australians want action on climate change and understand that the economic benefits Adani has long promised are illusory.

Report

The issue of death by plastic in Commonwealth Marine Areas and The Great Barrier Reef
20 Nov 2018
30

Plastic pollution, both land-based and in our oceans, is one of the most significant environmental challenges the world faces. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has even called it a critical problem, comparable to climate change.

Policy report

Federal leadership for Australia’s environment
19 Nov 2018
15

Executive Summary

This report calls for Australia to recommit to protection of the environment. Australia needs to reinvigorate its political commitment to protecting our natural heritage by creating powerful instruments that are fit for purpose in addressing the serious challenges presented this century....

Policy

15 Nov 2018
7

Despite Australia’s natural wealth and our love for nature, our environment is under threat like never before. Broadscale land clearing and logging in native forests has made Australia a global deforestation hotspot. Mass coral bleaching from climate change and dredging for coal and gas ports...

Discussion paper

31 Oct 2018
10

The fracking inquiry that reported earlier this year recommended that unconventional gas extraction should only be permitted if the all 135 recommendations are accepted and implemented. All recommendations were accepted by the NT government when it lifted the gas moratorium.

Report

17 Oct 2018
44

This report concentrates on the water sources commonly used by extractive industries in the process of extracting resources lying beneath the surface–that is, underground water sources. The report examines the environmental, social and economic impacts of water extracted in this process, and the current regulatory...

Report

12 Oct 2018
39

Market Forces, working with Vietnamese community organisations and other international NGOs, has found that equator principles (EP) signatory banks are violating those principles in their involvement in syndicates funding five Vietnamese coal-fired power stations. In doing so, they are failing the people that the principles...

Strategy

8 Oct 2018
9

This document sets out the government’s plan to restore and protect freshwater in New Zealand. It outlines the work programme that will set New Zealand on the path to turning around water quality trends and make long-term improvements in freshwater.

Overview

 

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