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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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English

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Tabled papers

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

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

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

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29 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 3 OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACHIEVING NATIONALLY CONSISTENT GUIDANCE AND STANDARDS INCLUDING BEST PRACTICE MODELS FOR ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION The terms of reference for this review include consideration of the status and effectiveness of National Environment Protection Measures as a framework for achieving nationally consistent guidance and standards, including possible alternative approaches based on best practice models. 3.1 SEAMLESS ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION REGULATION The object of the National Environment Protection Council Acts is to ensure that people enjoy equivalent protection from air, water or soil pollution and from noise, wherever they live in Australia; and that decisions of the business community are not distorted, and markets are not fragmented, by variations between participating jurisdictions in relation to the adoption or implementation of major environment protection measures. A broader scope for the review fits comfortably within the terms of reference of the Standing Council on Environment and Water and supports the National Environment Protection Councils efforts to pursue seamless environmental regulation in areas of shared Commonwealth, state and territory responsibility. The review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts also provides an opportunity to consider whether jurisdictions have available the complete toolkit for national action to deliver seamless environmental regulation for environmental protection. 3.2 A SUSTAINABLE AND LIVEABLE AUSTRALIA One of the Council of Australian Governments strategic themes is a sustainable and liveable Australia. The National Environment Protection Council Act Review provides the opportunity to consider whether the objects of the National Environment Protection Council Act remain current and whether there are further opportunities to enhance environmental protection. Proposals for environmental performance standards for products as the means of addressing diffuse sources of air pollution as part of the National Plan for Clean Air are an example of a mechanism to be considered as part of a toolkit for national action. The National Plan for Clean Air will also contribute to the Council of Australian Governments strategic theme of a sustainable and liveable Australia.