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National Packaging Covenant Council,
Department of the Environment and Heritage, June 2004
Certainly the most important exercise undertaken by the Covenant Council in this reporting year has been a comprehensive review of the performance of the Covenant. This review incorporated an independent evaluation by Nolan-ITU, a specifically local government review by Meinhardt funded by Covenant Council on behalf of the Australian Local Government Association and an evaluation by the NSW Nature Conservation Council funded by the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation. The findings of these evaluations were consistent in identifying key areas for strengthening the operation of the current Covenant / NEPM model, including measurable outcomes, quantifiable performance measures in action plans, improved enforcement regimes and better resourcing for Covenant administration.
Taking into account these findings, the Covenant Council prepared a Consultation Proposal paper containing recommendations for concrete actions and changes to strengthen the Covenant. It is Council’s intention that this Proposal be considered as a starting point for consultation and negotiation with key stakeholders. To ensure that all key stakeholders have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the strengthened Covenant model, a series of independently facilitated consultation forums have been organised throughout Australia. Stakeholders also have the option of submitting written responses to the Consultation Proposal putting forward their views in more detail or to cover aspects they feel have not been sufficiently dealt with.
The outcomes of both the comprehensive Covenant review and the stakeholder consultation will be incorporated into a fully formed and negotiated draft Covenant proposal to be submitted to Ministers for consideration at their meeting in October. A decision on future arrangements is not expected before April 2005.