Over the next 12 months the review is keen to hear your views and insights on the EPBC Act, how it has operated, the challenges ahead it should address, and your ideas for the future. All Australians are invited to participate.
You can make a brief comment to the review at any time using the online comments form. At key points in the review there will be opportunities to make formal submissions. Upcoming opportunities to make a submission will be promoted on this website and through the mailing list.
Read the Discussion Paper
The discussion paper is the first step in consultation for the review.
In addition to outlining the EPBC Act, what it does and where it came from, the paper is intended to be thought-provoking. It identifies some of the long-term pressures on Australia’s environment and known concerns with the operation of the legislation, especially with its regulatory processes.
Potential areas of focus for the review are explored, and some possible options for reform floated. These are not settled views, rather a starting point to stimulate discussion. The aim is to explore a wide range of options and to develop sensible potential solutions that can be implemented.
You are invited to read the discussion paper and respond to the ideas and questions by providing a formal submission.
Make a submission
All interested parties are invited to provide formal written submissions to the review, particularly in response to the ideas and questions set out in the discussion paper. You are encouraged to provide your submission as early as possible as this feedback will shape thinking and inform further consultation with stakeholders in 2020.
The review acknowledges that the events of the past 6 months present an unprecedented challenge for our stakeholders. The due date for submissions on the discussion paper was extended earlier this year to 17 April 2020. Submissions made by the due date will allow the reviewer to identify organisations or individuals with substantive ideas that require further engagement to explore.
Where it is not possible to make your submission by 17 April 2020, late submissions will be accepted. Submitting as early as possible will remain important to ensure your ideas can be considered.
Our preference is to receive written contributions electronically using the online form, but contributions can also be made by post or email. Please complete and submit this cover page if you are providing a submission by post or email. All submissions that include this cover sheet will be considered by the review. Please read ‘Other ways to make submissions’ below for more information.
Unless you indicate that your contribution is confidential, or the review considers that your contribution is offensive, potentially defamatory or includes irrelevant or personal information, your contribution will be published on the review website along with your name or organisation. Your submission may be referred to, or quoted from in review reports. For more information on how the review will treat submissions please read the submissions guidelines.
Making a brief comment
Brief comments are welcome at any time. Comments will not be treated as formal submissions, but they will be read and considered as part of the review.
Unless you indicate that your contribution is confidential, or the review considers that your contribution is offensive, potentially defamatory or includes irrelevant or personal information, your contribution will be published on the review website along with your name or organisation. Your comment may be referred to, or quoted from in review reports.
An online form has been developed using a platform called Citizen Space. Using this form makes it easier for you to make a formal submission or brief comment and for the review to consider them. Following the link to the online form on the review’s website will take you to a separate web page hosted by Citizen Space.
Once you begin your formal submission or brief comment you can save your work and come back to it later. What you write in the form will not be provided to the review until you click ‘submit’ at the end of the form. Once you press submit you will receive a confirmation email, if you have provided your email address.
You can send submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or via post to:
EPBC Act Review Secretariat
Department of the Environment and Energy
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Please complete and submit this cover page with your submission. All submissions that include this cover sheet will be considered by the review.
The cover page contains the same information as in the online form. The review encourages you to use the online form rather than email or post to make it easier for processing your submission.
If emailing, please send your submission as an attachment in a text-based format such as MS Word. Do not send password protected files, and remember to remove all track changes, editing marks, hidden text and internal links. If you reference external websites we recommend that you type the full web addresses (for example, http://www.referred-website.com/folder/file-name.html).