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Environment Australia Annual Report 2001-02

Environment Australia, 2002
ISSN 1441-9335

Reports - Operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (continued)
5. Ongoing and Future Developments

Work continued on further strengthening and developing the Act, including a new heritage regime. Work has been undertaken to strengthen the Regulations and the possible introduction of a greenhouse trigger is being investigated. Developments are summarised below.

Heritage provisions
On 27 June 2002 the Government reintroduced into Parliament legislation which will significantly enhance the conservation of Australia’s heritage places. The package, which incorporates new heritage provisions into the Act, will:

As at 30 June 2002, the Bills were awaiting debate.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000

Greenhouse measure
The Government is working toward completing consultation on including a greenhouse measure in the Act. As necessary, further consultation will involve key Ministers and stakeholders. The Government places a very high priority on effective domestic action to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Any measure introduced under the Act would complement the major initiatives already being undertaken by the Government.

Access to biological resources
The Government has progressed development of a legislative framework to control access and use of the biological resources in Commonwealth areas. Draft Regulations under section 301 of the Act were developed, based on recommendations arising from a public inquiry conducted by Mr J Voumard, and released for public consultation in September 2001. The Government is considering the outcomes of the public consultation process with a view to finalising the Regulations.