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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12 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 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. OPERATION AND EFFICIENCY OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL OPERATIONS AND THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL SERVICE CORPORATIONPART 7 EFFICIENCY OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL OPERATIONS (7.1) The Acts contain prescriptions about processes for operation of the National Environment Protection Council that limit its operation and are not consistent with contemporary legislative practice. 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 committees of the council, to meet and make decisions out of session, including by electronic means such as email, fax, phone or video. EFFICIENCY OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL SERVICE CORPORATION (7.2) The National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation has provided important services to the National Environment Protection Council and jurisdictions for almost 20 years and has supported the effective operation of the federal approach to environment protection. The changing context of ministerial councils has warranted re-examining the need for a small, stand-alone statutory authority to provide these services. Concurrently with the broader National Environment Protection Council Act Review, the National Environment Protection Council Committee considered the costs and governance of the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation. In reviewing the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation, the committee focused on establishing clear and accountable governance arrangements, particularly in relation to financial governance, and improving the efficiency of the National Environment Protection Council and the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation. The National Environment Protection Council concluded that the costs and risks associated with a stand-alone service corporation model could no longer be justified
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