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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

Citation address

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

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66 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 EFFICIENCY OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL (7.1) 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 (7.3) The review notes that the National Environment Protection Council has moved to abolish the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation and replace it with a flexible and fit-for-purpose secretariat within the financial framework of a host jurisdiction. Subject to the decision to abolish the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation, financial reporting on National Environment Protection Measure expenditure will be via annual reporting by the host jurisdiction on a special account established for the purpose of, inter alia, establishing and managing National Environment Protection Measures and covering the operating costs of the secretariat. SECOND TERM OF REFERENCE: A REVIEW OF THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE OBJECT SET OUT IN SECTION 3 OF THE ACT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED, AS REQUIRED BY SECTION 64(1)(B): THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE OBJECT SET OUT IN SECTION 3 OF EACH SUCH ACT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED The object of the Act is to ensure that, by means of the establishment and operation of the National Environment Protection Council: 1. People enjoy the benefit of equivalent protection from air, water or soil pollution and from noise, wherever they live in Australia. 2. 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. The Acts provide for the development and implementation of National Environment Protection Measures as the primary tool to achieve the objects of the Acts. Achievement of the objects of the Act depends on implementation of the National Environment Protection Measures. The National Environment Protection Council and National Environment Protection Measures framework has focused on establishing common outcomes at a national level but allowing flexibility in jurisdictional implementation. It is difficult to quantitatively determine to what extent a greater focus on consistent application is required to ensure the objects are met.


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