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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6 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review Response 2013 Future reviews of National Environment Protection Measures should carefully consider the reporting requirements specific to each National Environment Protection Measure to ensure that effort is focused on producing useable, valuable and targeted information in a cost-effective manner. Consideration should be given to developing/refining key performance indicators for National Environment Protection Measure implementation and effectiveness. Jurisdictions should continue to report annually on data arising out of National Environment Protection Measures; however this could be done separately via jurisdictional websites or similar means, rather than in the form of tabled annual reports. Reporting on the effectiveness of National Environment Protection Measures should be conducted as part of a National Environment Protection Measure review process (Refer to Part 5). Response The National Environment Protection Council agrees with the recommendations. Reporting will be principally web based to facilitate access by the widest range of stakeholders. Each National Environment Protection Measure will include measurable performance indicators. Reporting on individual National Environment Protection Measures will be as specified in the National Environment Protection Measurebut no less than every five years. RECOMMENDATION 7.1 EFFICIENCY OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL The National Environment Protection Council should have more flexibility in determining its operating and meeting procedures. The Act should enable the National Environment Protection Council, and the Committees of the council, to meet and make decisions out of session including by electronic means, by email, fax, phone or video. Response The National Environment Protection Council agrees with the recommendation. When the Act is amended, appointment processes and membership provisions will be governed by standard Council of Australian Governments Ministerial Council appointment processes. Chairing arrangements, arrangements for deputies and procedures for convening and running meetings will also follow standard Council of Australian Governments Ministerial Council processes and be left to the National Environment Protection Council to determine. Procedures for appointment to and running of the National Environment Protection Council Committee will be left to the National Environment Protection Council. However, where decisions relate to the making or amending of National Environment Protection Measures, the current provision of a two-thirds majority will be retained.
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