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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22 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 the Acts should be amended to enable the National Environment Protection Council to have committees to support its implementation and National Environment Protection Measure assessment function the choice by the National Environment Protection Council about whether to make, review or vary a National Environment Protection Measure should be underpinned by clear, consistent and streamlined policy and process documentation the National Environment Protection Council Acts should be amended to increase the National Environment Protection Councils scope to make National Environment Protection Measures on any environmental matter provided there were adequate safeguards. Following the Ramsay Review, a number of policy changes were introduced to clarify and streamline the processes of the National Environment Protection Council and the service corporation. The National Environment Protection Council also agreed that the Acts be amended to include provisions to enhance National Environment Protection Measure content, implementation and performance by: establishing committees to assist and provide advice to the National Environment Protection Council on assessing and reporting on the implementation and effectiveness of National Environment Protection Measures broadening the scope of environmental protection matters for which National Environment Protection Measures can be made by providing that a National Environment Protection Measure can be made on any environmental matter as determined unanimously by the National Environment Protection Council. Due to the time frames for the legislative process and the other high-priority issues given precedence on the Australian Governments legislative program, these amendments to the Acts did not proceed. The legislative issues raised in the Ramsay Review remain relevant to this review. 1.3 THIRD REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ACTS This third review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts was initiated by the National Environment Protection Council in mid 2012. On 24 August 2012 the National Environment Protection Council formally approved the terms of reference (Refer to AttachmentA). The terms of reference require this review to examine and report on: 1. The operation of the National Environment Protection Council Acts as required by section 64(1)(a). 2. The extent to which the object set out in section 3 of the Act has been achieved, as required by section 64(1)(b).
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