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Independent review recommends fundamental reform of 'archaic, ineffective' EPBC Act
Insight 22 Jul 2020

Eight key recommendations you should be across from the Interim Report of the once-in-a-decade review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act). ...

The importance of carbon-ready contracts
Insight 26 May 2020

Very few areas of law are more changeable and subject to the political tides as climate change law. A range of Federal and State regulatory schemes and policies relating to greenhouse emissions have been implemented in recent years, some economy-wide and some industry-specific, and some more permane ...

More COVID-19 related planning changes in Queensland
Insight 15 Jul 2020

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Queensland Government has, since March 2020, made changes to streamline aspects of the planning system, and further changes are proposed. These further proposed changes are open for public submission until 7 August 2020. ...

Overhaul of Victorian environmental laws delayed until 1 July 2021
Insight 29 Apr 2020

The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (Vic) (EP Act), which was set to commence on 1 July 2020 (and overhaul environmental laws in Victoria) will now commence on1 July 2021 as part of a suite of emergency measures in response to COVID-19. Our team looks at the COVID-19 Act and how it relates ...

Victorian EPA reforms
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Our environment and planning hub serves up everything you need to know about the upcoming reforms to Victoria's new environmental protection regime. We analyse key aspects of the changes to help your business prepare. Victoria has passed ...

Overhaul of Victorian environmental laws delayed
Insight 12 Jun 2020

The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (Vic) (EP Act), which was set to commence on 1 July 2020 (and overhaul environmental laws in Victoria) will now commence on 1 July 2021 as a part of a suite of emergency measures in response to COVID-19. ...

New dawn for environmental regulation in the Northern Territory
Insight 02 Jun 2020

A new environmental protection regime in the Northern Territory will commence imminently. The Environment Protection Act 2019 and Environment Protection Regulations 2020 (NT) will commence on 28 June 2020. All operators and proponents should prepare for commencement of this new regime. In particular, proponents with projects currently being assessed under the Environmental Assessment Administrative Procedures 1984 should take advice regarding how their assessment will complete upon the commencement of the new regime. ...

New SIC Guidelines and contributions reporting requirements
Insight 01 Jun 2020

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on a new set of guidelines for special infrastructure contributions (SIC Guidelines) and some proposed amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPA Regulations) which will require greater reporting on the receipt and expenditure of contributions under local contributions plans and planning agreements. ...

New EU mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence regime
Insight 01 Jun 2020

The European Commission has announced it will introduce a legislative initiative in 2021 on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence for certain companies. ...

Review process for local contributions plans under discussion
Insight 14 May 2020

As part of its suite of proposed 'system improvements' intended to address uncertainty in the NSW contributions system, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has released discussion papers ...

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