EPBC Act review

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The statutory review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) commenced on 29 October 2019. Professor Graeme Samuel AC has been appointed as the independent reviewer. An Expert Panel will support and provide advice to Professor Samuel on specific issues.

The statutory review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) commenced on 29 October 2019.

The EPBC Act is Australia's central piece of national environmental law. Over 12 months, the review will look at how the EPBC Act has been operating, and any changes needed for Australia into the future.

Reviewer and expert panel

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, has appointed Professor Graeme Samuel AC as the Independent Reviewer. An Expert Panel will support and provide advice to Professor Samuel on specific issues. They will also draw on other technical expertise as needed.

Read more about the Reviewer and Expert Panel.

Review process

The EPBC Act requires a review every 10 years to examine the operation of the EPBC Act, and the extent to which its objects have been achieved.

The review will look at:

  • how the EPBC Act has been operating
  • proposed changes for Australia into the future.

The review will involve extensive consultation with interested stakeholders including, industry, Indigenous Australians, environmental groups and the community.

How you had your say

We invited all Australians to participate in this review.

You shared your views and insights on the EPBC Act, how it has operated, the challenges ahead it should address, and your ideas for the future. These views and insights were shared through brief comments, submissions on the discussion paper and by responses to the interim report.

Next steps

We will now consider each response we received. These will be published on the review website, except for those marked in confidence.

The final report of the review is due to be handed to the Government in October 2020.

The statutory review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) commenced on 29 October 2019.

The EPBC Act is Australia's central piece of national environmental law. Over 12 months, the review will look at how the EPBC Act has been operating, and any changes needed for Australia into the future.

Reviewer and expert panel

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, has appointed Professor Graeme Samuel AC as the Independent Reviewer. An Expert Panel will support and provide advice to Professor Samuel on specific issues. They will also draw on other technical expertise as needed.

Read more about the Reviewer and Expert Panel.

Review process

The EPBC Act requires a review every 10 years to examine the operation of the EPBC Act, and the extent to which its objects have been achieved.

The review will look at:

  • how the EPBC Act has been operating
  • proposed changes for Australia into the future.

The review will involve extensive consultation with interested stakeholders including, industry, Indigenous Australians, environmental groups and the community.

How you had your say

We invited all Australians to participate in this review.

You shared your views and insights on the EPBC Act, how it has operated, the challenges ahead it should address, and your ideas for the future. These views and insights were shared through brief comments, submissions on the discussion paper and by responses to the interim report.

Next steps

We will now consider each response we received. These will be published on the review website, except for those marked in confidence.

The final report of the review is due to be handed to the Government in October 2020.