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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69 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 The review makes the following recommendations: BROADENING THE SCOPE OF THE TOOLKIT FOR NATIONAL ACTION (4.4) The scope of the National Environment Protection Council Acts should be amended to allow the National Environment Protection Council to make a National Environment Protection Measure on any environmental protection matter as determined unanimously by the National Environment Protection Council. Any proposal to amend the National Environment Protection Council Acts should investigate broadening the scope of the National Environment Protection Council Act and establishing a framework for national decisions implemented through jurisdictions and enable the setting of environmental performance standards for products and equipment. The preferred approach should be determined following detailed consideration of the specific needs of any scheme. FOURTH TERM OF REFERENCE: THE REVIEW SHOULD RECOMMEND WHETHER ANY AMENDMENTS TO THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ACT AND/ OR THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE PROCESS SHOULD BE PROGRESSED AT THIS TIME This review has found that there are inefficiencies in the operation of the Acts which can only be addressed through legislative change. The review recommends changes to elements of the Acts scope, operation and administration. The recommended amendments are set out above in relation to the first, second and third terms of reference. Further amendment of the Acts should be considered to enable broader application, enabling more effective action to address current and emerging environmental issues. Without reforms of this kind the likely future application of the Acts and the associated National Environment Protection Measures framework will be limited. It should be noted that, in light of the effectiveness of actions to implement recommendations of the Ramsay Review, and given increasing resource constraints on governments and competing priorities, any significant amendments to the National Environment Protection Council Act are best progressed in conjunction with other related reform measures.
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