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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

Collection

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

Date

2013-10-17

Description

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

Subject

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

Page content

67 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 Reviews of individual National Environment Protection Measures have identified contributions to achieving the objects of the Acts; however, this is limited by the lack of clear key performance indicators and reporting related to the objects. Furthermore businesses in a significant number of sectors have sought or supported consistent approaches and standards to be applied by governments. The engagement and responses of the business community during the National Environment Protection Measures review and variation processes is a measure of the importance they put on consistent regulatory approaches and the significance National Environment Protection Measures processes can have. The review makes the following recommendations. EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE SYSTEM (4) National Environment Protection Measures are an important tool for national action for environmental protection and should be retained. OBJECTS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ACTS (4.1) Consideration should be given to amending the Act to more directly state the purpose of the Act rather than have the object of the Act dependent on the establishment of the National Environment Protection Council. The objects of the Act should be amended to: - recognise the purpose of protection of the Australian community and the environment from harm - better reflect the Council of Australian Governments objectives of a seamless and harmonised national economy. IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURES (4.5) The National Environment Protection Council should determine the most appropriate approach to support consistent implementation of each National Environment Protection Measure, focusing on areas where consistent implementation can strengthen environmental outcomes and reduce business costs. Where greater consistency in implementation is of benefit, particularly when inconsistent implementation has a negative impact on business, it is recommended that jurisdictions: - work together to pursue opportunities to improve and harmonise implementation of National Environment Protection Measures, including improved regulatory practice - ensure timely translation of National Environment Protection Measure requirements into jurisdictional instruments.


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