Environmental Regulatory Reform Latest News

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Stage 1 progress

22 December 2017

Stage 1 of the environmental regulatory reform program has made considerable progress with Government making decisions about particular aspects of the new environmental protection Act.
Government has agreed to:

  • the definition of environment
  • a conceptual assessment framework
  • specific elements of the new assessment and approval process

For further information on Government’s recent decisions please view fact sheet and a diagram of the conceptual assessment framework diagram.

Roles and responsibilities under the new environment protection legislation

30 November 2017

The NT Government recently considered the future role of the NT EPA in the Territory’s proposed new environmental management framework. The Government has determined that the NT EPA can best contribute to the protection and management of the environment by a strategic assessment, assurance and advisory role. The NT EPA will therefore:

  • undertake the environmental impact assessment process and provide strategic advice to Government on the impacts of projects;
  • monitor and review the environmental management system and provide advice about the operation of the environmental management system and information on how to improve the system to deliver improved environmental outcomes; and
  • continue to provide advice on other environmental matters of strategic importance to the Territory.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be tasked with undertaking day to day environmental management activities such as licensing and ensuring compliance with the new environmental protection legislation. This will include undertaking compliance and enforcement activities associated with the new environmental approval to be issued by the Minister following the environmental impact assessment process.

These changes will be implemented over time as the new environment protection legislation is developed.

There will be no changes to the NT EPA’s responsibilities in the short term.

Environmental Regulatory Reform Feedback Summary Paper released

19 September 2017

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources released the Environmental Regulatory Reform Feedback summary paper (3.6 mb). This paper provides an overview and summary of the feedback received in response to the Environmental Regulatory Reform Discussion Paper released in May 2017.

Discussion Paper stakeholder submissions released

28 June 2017

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources received 28 submissions in response to the Environmental Regulatory Reform Discussion Paper. View Submissions

Environmental Regulatory Reform Discussion Paper released

3 May 2017

To progress Stage 1 of the environmental reforms program the Department of Environment and Natural Resources have released the Environmental Regulatory Reform Discussion Paper. This paper is intended to provide a snapshot of the reform process for environmental impact assessment and project approvals. We acknowledge all of the work that has previously been undertaken by individuals and organisations in preparing submissions for Government. We have prepared this paper to build on that work and seek feedback on our direction. It identifies our understanding of your views about the existing assessment and approval system and how we intend to address issues you have previously raised and recommendations you have made. It also identifies those issues that we need more information about to help us develop new legislation. It identifies topics which have not been addressed in previous submissions and those for which there is not a clear path forward. Figure 2 in the discussion paper was updated on 26 May 2017.

Last updated: 22 December 2017