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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71 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 ATTACHMENTA TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE THIRD REVIEW NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ACTS 1994 (COMMONWEALTH, STATE AND TERRITORY) INTRODUCTION The National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 (Cwth) and corresponding Acts in each state and territory (the Act) aim to ensure that, by means of the establishment and operation of the National Environment Protection Council: a. People enjoy the benefit of equivalent protection from air, water or soil pollution and from noise, wherever they live in Australia. b. 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 National Environment Protection Council must cause a review of the operation of the Act and the extent to which the object of the Act have been achieved. The National Environment Protection Council has previously reviewed the Act in 2001 (the McMichael Review) and 2006 (the Ramsey Review). CONTEXT Council of Australian Governments recent review of its Ministerial Council system resulted in a system focused on identifying and addressing strategic national priorities. Council of Australian Governments has established the Standing Council on Environment and Water to promote the protection of the environment and sustainable water management in order to enhance social, human health, and economic and environmental outcomes in a sustainable manner for current and future generations. This new Council is responsible for the National Environment Protection Council Act, and incorporates the National Environment Protection Council. In June 2011, the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation moved from Adelaide to a new office established within the premises of the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. The transition of the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation and the establishment of the new standing council have led to a comprehensive review of existing policies and procedures. The operation of the corporation has been reviewed by the Governance Working Group which reports to National Environment Protection Council Committee and the Standing Council on Environment and Waters Senior Officials Committee.
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