Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
- Productivity Commission inquiry into the impacts of native vegetation and biodiversity regulations (PDF - 309 KB)
About the report
The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Impacts of Native Vegetation and Biodiversity Regulations.
The past seven years have seen major reform to the management of biodiversity and native vegetation in Australia. These reforms were driven by the need to deliver better environmental outcomes in a manner that increases certainty for all stakeholders, reduces intergovernmental duplication, increases transparency of decision-making, and minimises delay.
At the Council of Australian Governments meeting in 1997 (COAG 1997), all Heads of Governments and the President of the Australian Local Government Association gave in-principle endorsement to the Heads of Agreement on Commonwealth/State Roles and Responsibilities for the Environment. The Agreement aimed to define roles and responsibilities, to remove duplication and establish more effective and efficient delivery mechanisms and accountability regimes for national environmental programs of shared interest.
The Australian Government's approach to meeting its national responsibilities for biodiversity conservation and native vegetation management is outlined in National Framework for the Management and Monitoring of Australia’s Native Vegetation, the 2001 Commonwealth Native Vegetation Policy, and the National Strategy for the Conservation of Biological Diversity. The approach includes nationally agreed goals; setting management standards; improving access to information; education and training; supporting innovative approaches such as market driven approaches, or incentives such as tax deductions; regulation; increasing efficiency of existing regimes; and monitoring to measure progress.