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Stakeholder consultation begins

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Professor Graeme Samuel AC has embarked on an initial round of consultation with a broad range of groups to better understand their views on the current operation of the EPBC Act and where there may be opportunities for improvement.

Kicking off in mid-November and running until mid-December, this first round of engagement is focused on hearing from state and territory government departments, statutory committees and joint boards of management established under the Act, national science organisations and programs, and national-level environmental, industry, and legal organisations with an interest in the Act.

In the two weeks since the release of his discussion paper, Professor Samuel has met with more than 24 stakeholders including:

State and territory government departments

  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Western Australia

Committees and boards constituted under the EPBC Act

  • Indigenous Advisory Committee
  • Threatened Species Scientific Committee

Leading scientists from the National Environmental Science Program Hubs

  • Threatened Species Recovery
  • Clean Air and Urban Landscapes
  • Earth Systems and Climate Change

Environmental law experts

  • Environmental Law Council of Australia
  • National Environmental Law Association

Environmental non-government organisations

  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Birdlife Australia
  • WWF Australia
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Humane Society International
  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy
  • Invasive Species Council

Indigenous knowledge and land management organisations

  • Northern Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance

Industry Organisations

  • Urban Development Institute of Australia
  • Association of Mining and Exploration Companies
  • Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association
  • National Farmers’ Federation 

Professor Samuel also took the opportunity to meet with Members of the Australian Parliament in the final sitting period of the year including those from the Government, Australian Labor Party, the Australian Greens, and the Centre Alliance.

In the remaining weeks of December, Professor Samuel will continue his first round of consultations and meet with other state and territory governments, statutory committees and national-level organisations. Further updates will be posted on the review website as his consultations continue.


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