THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW

The Expert Panel advises on the best course for fair and efficient legislative protection and management of Australia’s environment. They embrace emerging trends in environmental management, and make recommendations that reflect international best practice. Their work encompasses:

Current federal environmental law: an assessment of the coverage and effectiveness of current federal environmental legislation.
Role of the federal government: Identifying the appropriate role and level of involvement for the federal government in environmental matters, including by taking into account approaches and experiences of other Federal systems including the USA, Canada and EU.
Collaborative approaches: identifying the opportunities for cooperative approaches to environmental matters to be pursued by the federal government with the states and territories.
Administrative architecture: Consideration of the design of appropriate institutional and administrative architecture for new federal environmental governance for Australia.
New legislative frameworks: Designing the components of a ‘state of the art’ omnibus law (or package of laws) at the federal level intended to supersede the EPBC Act and other identified federal environmental legislation.
Best practice approaches: Best practice approaches to environmental management and administration, democratic and participatory governance, enforcement strategies and the achievement of effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of strong environmental outcomes.