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Recommendation 34

In the second tranche of reforms, the EPBC Act should be amended to require formal monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the effectiveness of the Act in achieving its outcomes. Specifically, amendments should include requirements to:

  1. deliver a comprehensive and coherent monitoring and evaluation framework that includes appropriate mechanisms for embedding the framework including governance
  2. require a long-term strategy to identify and achieve systematic monitoring required to understand the trend and condition of MNES
  3. deliver an annual statement by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Committee to the Environment Minister and the Environment Assurance Commissioner. The statement should evaluate environmental performance under the Act, how the outcomes for MNES are tracking, and make recommendations for adjustments as required

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