The Federal Government will undertake a short-term targeted review to reduce red-tape and find practical ways to help farmers meet the requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).
The EPBC Act sets out a regulatory framework to manage and protect matters of national environmental significance. The review will help unpack the issues faced by farmers to find real solutions while maintaining the high environmental standards Australia is renowned for. The independent reviewer will report to the government in mid-2018.
From Monday, 7 May, until Friday, 15 June, 2018, the reviewer will meet with farmers, key industry stakeholders and environmental non-government organisations in venues across Australia. All interested stakeholders within and outside the agriculture sector will be able to participate in the review by providing written submissions directly during this period.
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There will be opportunities for all Australians to share their ideas on how best to improve the operation of the EPBC Act more broadly as part of the next statutory independent review of the EPBC Act, which must commence no later than October 2019.