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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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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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Tabled paper 599

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Tabled papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2013-10-17

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Deemed

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

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English

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Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C01116

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/275013

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/424650

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24 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 2 CONTEXT OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ACTS 2.1 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION In 1992 the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment was agreed by the Commonwealth, states, territories and local government in recognition that environmental concerns and impacts respect neither physical nor political boundaries and were increasingly taking on interjurisdictional significance. Schedule 4 of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment acknowledged that there was benefit to the people of Australia in establishing national environmental protection standards, guidelines, goals and associated protocols (measures) to protect the environment, and that business and markets were not distorted or fragmented by implementation of such measures. The Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment also provided for the enactment of legislation to enable such measures. Twenty years later the need for such measures has increased, together with an increased understanding of the environment and expectations around its protection. There is also a stronger emphasis on the importance of a seamless national economy and the reduction of unnecessary burdens on business. 2.2 STANDING COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENT AND WATER The recent review by the Council of Australian Governments of its ministerial council system resulted in a council system focused on identifying and addressing strategic national priorities. As part of the council system announced in February 2011 the Council of Australian Governments established the Standing Council on Environment and Water to promote the protection of the environment and sustainable water management in order to enhance social, human health, economic and environmental outcomes in a sustainable manner for current and future generations. As a part of its broader remit, this new council is responsible for the National Environment Protection Council Acts, and incorporates the National Environment Protection Council. The Standing Council on Environment and Water, like all Council of Australian Governments standing councils, has been established to achieve strategic themes of the Council of Australian Governments by pursuing and monitoring priority issues of national significance which require sustained collaborative efforts, and by addressing key areas of shared Commonwealth, state and territory responsibility and funding. The Standing Council on Environment and Water is tasked with pursuing Council of Australian Governments strategic themes in relation to a sustainable and liveable Australia, a national economy driven by our competitive advantages, and closing the gap for Indigenous Australians.


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