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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11 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 ANNUAL REPORTING AND REVIEW OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURESPART 6 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT (6.1) The requirement for preparing and tabling an annual report on implementation and effectiveness of National Environment Protection Measures should be replaced by a requirement for specified, public, internet-based reporting against key performance indicators, outcomes and deliverables as specified in the National Environment Protection Measures. This will strengthen public access to relevant information, and reduce costs associated with preparation and tabling of an overall annual report on implementation and effectiveness. Jurisdictions should report to their parliaments on implementation of the respective Acts through existing annual reporting processes of agencies and departments. Overall implementation and effectiveness should be considered through periodic review of the Acts and National Environment Protection Measures. The requirement for preparation and tabling of an annual report in every jurisdiction on implementation of National Environment Protection Measures should be replaced by departmental/agency annual reporting. REPORTING ON INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURES (6.3) Information about the National Environment Protection Measures should be made regularly available to the public. Changes in reporting opportunities means much of the key information about National Environment Protection Measures is most effectively made available on the internet. For example, many jurisdictions now report ambient air quality in real time on the internet. 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 on the internet, for the purpose of informing the community and business sectors and for use by government in policy and decision making. 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 the implementation and effectiveness of National Environment Protection Measures.
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