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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37 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 4 EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURES SYSTEM AS A FRAMEWORK FOR ACHIEVING NATIONAL CONSISTENCY The National Environment Protection Council Acts empower the National Environment Protection Council to make National Environment Protection Measures in the form of standards, guidelines, goals or protocols on matters specified in section 14 of the Act. Once National Environment Protection Measures are made, the National Environment Protection Council must assess and report on their implementation and effectiveness. It should be noted that review and variation processes for National Environment Protection Measures take so long that they tend to overlapthat is, reviews are required every five years but, as with the Ambient Air Quality and Assessment of Site Contamination National Environment Protection Measures, have tended to take five to six years to complete. In considering the effectiveness of the National Environment Protection Measures system as a framework for achieving national consistency, it must be remembered that National Environment Protection Measures are intended as one of the tools available to jurisdictions to support collaborative national environmental protection. Currently, implementation of National Environment Protection Measures is at the discretion of each participating member, using laws and arrangements appropriate for each jurisdiction. Each of the existing National Environment Protection Measures addresses a complex policy area as one of a suite of tools being used by governments. Once National Environment Protection Measures are made, the National Environment Protection Councils role is to maintain the National Environment Protection Measure and analyse and report on its implementation and effectiveness. As National Environment Protection Measure reporting is a key feature of the National Environment Protection Measures system, reporting is discussed in Part 5 of this report. National Environment Protection Measures are an important tool for national action for environmental protection and should be retained. Currently there are seven National Environment Protection Measures, as follows. AIR TOXICS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE This measure is to improve the information base regarding ambient air toxics within the Australian environment in order to facilitate the development of standards.
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