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.

Get involved

We invite all Australians to participate in this review.

Share your views and insights on the EPBC Act, how it has operated, the challenges ahead it should address, and your ideas for the future.

You can make a brief comment at any time using the online comments form.

Join the review mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities to make a submission. These will also be promoted on the review website.

Next steps

Each response we receive through this online form will be published on the review website, except for those marked in confidence.

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.

Get involved

We invite all Australians to participate in this review.

Share your views and insights on the EPBC Act, how it has operated, the challenges ahead it should address, and your ideas for the future.

You can make a brief comment at any time using the online comments form.

Join the review mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities to make a submission. These will also be promoted on the review website.

Next steps

Each response we receive through this online form will be published on the review website, except for those marked in confidence.

  • You can make a brief comment at any time.

    Comments will not be treated as formal submissions. They will be read and considered as part of the review.

    Your response and your name or organisation will be published on the review website, unless:

    • you indicate that your response is confidential
    • the review considers that your contribution is offensive, potentially defamatory or includes irrelevant or personal information.

    Your comment may be referred to, or quoted from, in review reports.

    Before making a comment, please read our privacy policy. This covers how your privacy will be protected and how we handle

    You can make a brief comment at any time.

    Comments will not be treated as formal submissions. They will be read and considered as part of the review.

    Your response and your name or organisation will be published on the review website, unless:

    • you indicate that your response is confidential
    • the review considers that your contribution is offensive, potentially defamatory or includes irrelevant or personal information.

    Your comment may be referred to, or quoted from, in review reports.

    Before making a comment, please read our privacy policy. This covers how your privacy will be protected and how we handle information you provide.

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