Future of EPBC Act

Senior Consultant Tegan Stehbens represented the EP team at a recent seminar event in Canberra, looking into environmental law reform at the federal level. The event, “20 Years of the EPBC Act – looking back, looking forward” brought together a range of environmental practitioners, lawyers, academics and regulators to discuss proposed reforms to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Proposed reforms will have wide-ranging effects on future approvals for mining, development and infrastructure projects, and it is crucial that consultants keep up-to-date with any changes in this sector. With a federal election looming, changes to the EPBC Act (or even the introduction of a new Australian Environment Act!) are looking more and more likely – so watch this space!