The Commonwealth Government should increase the transparency of the operation of the EPBC Act by:
- immediately improving the availability of information as required by the National Environmental Standards
- immediately improving the accessibility of the Act through plain English guidelines and targeted communication
- immediately implementing arrangements to publish reasons for Commonwealth decisions under Parts 9 and 10 of the Act
- in the second tranche of reform, amend the Act to require publication of all information relevant to, and the reasons for, decisions made under the Act. Processes and systems should be implemented to support greater transparency.