Report of the Third Review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts (Commonwealth State and Territory) December 2012 National Environment Protection Council Response to the Report of the Third Review of the National Protection Council Acts
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5 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review Response 2013 Response The National Environment Protection Council agrees with the above recommendations. The National Environment Protection Council agrees that future National Environment Protection Measures should include a sunset clause or, where the intent is that a National Environment Protection Measure is ongoing, a clause requiring regular review. Consideration will be given to a streamlined revocation processparticularly for subordinate instruments should technical/process elements of National Environment Protection Measures be moved to subordinate instruments in the future. Consideration will be given to determining if the Air Toxics and Diesel Vehicle National Environment Protection Measures are still required to meet future needs or if revocation should be considered. RECOMMENDATION 6.1 THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT The requirement for preparation and tabling in Parliament in every jurisdiction of an annual report on implementation of National Environment Protection Measures should be replaced by departmental/agency annual reporting. Response The National Environment Protection Council agrees with the recommendation. Reporting processes should be streamlined, eliminate duplication, provide adequate information on each National Environment Protection Measure, and reports should be readily available to Parliaments, the public and the business community as necessary. In relation to annual reporting processes, a different approach will be adopted, where each jurisdiction provides a single report annually on implementation of National Environment Protection Measures. Each report will address the specific reporting requirements as set out in National Environment Protection Measures. Reports need not be in parliaments. Jurisdictions may choose to report on relevant departmental websites. Financial reporting on the special account proposed to replace the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation account will be on an annual basis in the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities annual report. RECOMMENDATION 6.3 REPORTING ON INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURES National Environment Protection Measures should explicitly address the need for reporting with the aim of ensuring relevant information is made available in readily accessible forms, particularly by utilising the web, for the purpose of informing the community and business sectors and for use by government in policy and decision making.