*Following on from the Independent review of Federal Environmental Laws released – EPBC Act article.
In late February, the Federal Government introduced the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021, to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. The Amendment Bill proposes the creation and implementation of the National Environmental Standards and the creation of a new statutory independent Environment Assurance Commissioner. The Bill fails to adopt all the recommendations related to standards from the Samuel’s Final Report. This will not prevent the continued decline in our biodiversity.
On 25 February 2021, the Senate referred the Standards and Assurance Bill to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry (submissions closed 25 March 2021) and report by 1 June 2021.