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Schedule 1—Amendments

Schedule 1 Amendments

Part 1 Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

1  Before Division 1 of Part 19

Insert:

Division 1A Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority

Subdivision A Establishment

501A   Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority

             (1)  The Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority is established by this section.

             (2)  The EPA consists of the following:

                     (a)  the CEO;

                     (b)  the Deputy CEOs;

                     (c)  the staff of the EPA;

                     (d)  consultants engaged under section 501ZC.

             (3)  The function of the EPA is to assist the CEO in the performance of his or her functions.

             (4)  The CEO has the control of the operations of the EPA.

             (5)  For the purposes of the finance law (within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 ):

                     (a)  the EPA is a listed entity; and

                     (b)  the CEO is the accountable authority of the EPA; and

                     (c)  the following persons are officials of the EPA:

                              (i)  the CEO;

                             (ii)  the Deputy CEOs;

                            (iii)  the staff of the EPA;

                            (iv)  consultants engaged under section 501ZC; and

                     (d)  the purposes of the EPA include:

                              (i)  the function of the EPA referred to in subsection (3) of this section; and

                             (ii)  the functions of the CEO referred to in section 501C; and

                            (iii)  the functions of the OMCEA referred to in section 501Y.

Subdivision B Chief Executive Officer

501B   Chief Executive Officer

                   There is to be a Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority.

501C   Functions and powers

             (1)  The CEO has the following functions:

                     (a)  the functions conferred on the CEO by this Act or other Commonwealth legislation;

Note:       Other provisions of this Act give the CEO functions involving exercising the routine administrative environmental regulatory functions of the Commonwealth, monitoring compliance with this Act and enforcing this Act.

                     (b)  the following functions relating to communities:

                              (i)  educating communities about the administration of Commonwealth environmental laws;

                             (ii)  to the extent Commonwealth environmental laws allow for community involvement in the administration of those laws—promoting the take-up of those opportunities;

                            (iii)  increasing public confidence in the administration of Commonwealth environmental laws;

                     (c)  to make recommendations to the Minister as to regulations that should be made in order to advance the purposes of this Act;

                     (d)  any functions conferred on the CEO by regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph;

                     (e)  any functions incidental to any of the above.

             (2)  The CEO has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of his or her functions.

             (3)  In performing his or her functions, the CEO must act effectively, efficiently, equitably and transparently.

CEO solely responsible for performing his or her functions

             (4)  The Minister must not give directions to the CEO about the performance of the CEO’s functions.

             (5)  If the Minister gives a direction (whether express or implied) to the CEO contrary to subsection (4), the CEO must disregard the direction.

501D   Appointment

             (1)  The CEO is to be appointed by the Governor-General by written instrument.

Note:          The CEO may be reappointed: see section 33AA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (2)  The CEO holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must be 5 years.

             (3)  The Governor-General must not appoint a person as the CEO unless:

                     (a)  the Minister is satisfied that the person qualifies for the appointment because of the person’s knowledge of, or experience in, any of the following:

                              (i)  conservation of biodiversity;

                             (ii)  ecologically sustainable development;

                            (iii)  heritage;

                            (iv)  Indigenous affairs;

                             (v)  law;

                            (vi)  law enforcement;

                           (vii)  natural resource management; and

                     (b)  the Minister has referred the proposed appointment to the joint committee for approval; and

                     (c)  the joint committee has approved the proposed appointment.

             (4)  The first person appointed as CEO must have knowledge of, or experience in, law enforcement.

             (5)  The CEO, or at least one of the Deputy CEOs, must be an Indigenous person. This subsection has effect despite Part II of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 .

             (6)  A person is not eligible to be appointed as CEO if, at any time during the 5 years before the start of the appointment, the person was any of the following:

                     (a)  a member of the Federal Parliament, a State Parliament or the Legislative Assembly of a Territory;

                     (b)  a registered political campaigner (within the meaning of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 );

                     (c)  registered as a lobbyist (however described) under a law of a State or Territory or a foreign country;

                     (d)  a senior executive in:

                              (i)  an industry association (whether in Australia or a foreign country); or

                             (ii)  an environmental organisation on the register of environmental organisations kept under Subdivision 30-E of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , or on a similar register in a foreign country.

Note:          Under section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 , and the rules made under that Act, the CEO must, in writing, disclose material personal interests that relate to the affairs of the EPA to the Minister.

501E   Acting CEO

             (1)  The senior Deputy CEO acts as the CEO:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of CEO (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the CEO:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

             (2)  The senior Deputy CEO is the Deputy CEO who, out of the Deputy CEOs who are:

                     (a)  not absent from duty or from Australia; and

                     (b)  able to perform the duties of their offices;

was appointed first.

501F   Other paid work

                   The CEO must not engage in paid work outside the duties of the CEO’s office without the Minister’s approval.

501G   Remuneration

             (1)  The CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  The CEO is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  Subsections 7(9) and (13) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 do not apply in relation to the office of CEO.

Note:          The effect of this subsection is that remuneration or allowances of the CEO will be paid out of money appropriated by an Act other than the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 .

             (4)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 (except as provided by subsection (3)).

501H   Leave of absence

             (1)  The CEO has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant the CEO leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Minister determines.

501J   Resignation

             (1)  The CEO may resign the CEO’s appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

501K   Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of the CEO:

                     (a)  for misbehaviour; or

                     (b)  if the CEO is unable to perform the duties of the CEO’s office because of physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of the CEO if:

                     (a)  the CEO:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with the CEO’s creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of the CEO’s remuneration for the benefit of the CEO’s creditors; or

                     (b)  the CEO is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (c)  the CEO engages, except with the Minister’s approval, in paid work outside the duties of the CEO’s office (see section 501F).

Note:          The appointment of the CEO may also be terminated under section 30 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with terminating the appointment of an accountable authority, or a member of an accountable authority, for contravening general duties of officials).

501L   Terms and conditions of appointment

                   The CEO holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

501M   Delegation by CEO

             (1)  The CEO may, in writing, delegate all or any of the CEO’s functions or powers under any law to:

                     (a)  a Deputy CEO; or

                     (b)  an SES employee, or acting SES employee, in the EPA.

Note:          Sections 34AA to 34A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 contain provisions relating to delegations.

             (2)  In performing a delegated function or exercising a delegated power, the delegate must comply with any written directions of the CEO.

             (3)  This section does not apply to a function or power of the CEO if a law other than this section provides for the delegation of that function or power.

Subdivision C Deputy Chief Executive Officers

501N   Deputy Chief Executive Officers

             (1)  There are to be 4 Deputy Chief Executive Officers of the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority.

             (2)  A Deputy CEO is to be appointed by the Governor-General by written instrument.

Note:          A Deputy CEO may be reappointed: see section 33AA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (3)  A Deputy CEO holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must be 5 years.

             (4)  The Governor-General must not appoint a person as a Deputy CEO unless:

                     (a)  the Minister is satisfied that the person qualifies for the appointment because of the person’s knowledge of, or experience in, any of the following:

                              (i)  conservation of biodiversity;

                             (ii)  ecologically sustainable development;

                            (iii)  heritage;

                            (iv)  Indigenous affairs;

                             (v)  law;

                            (vi)  law enforcement;

                           (vii)  natural resource management; and

                     (b)  the Minister has referred the proposed appointment to the joint committee for approval; and

                     (c)  the joint committee has approved the proposed appointment.

             (5)  At least one of the first 4 Deputy CEOs must have knowledge of, or experience in, law enforcement.

Note:          Under subsection 501D(5), the CEO, or at least one of the Deputy CEOs, must be an Indigenous person.

             (6)  A person is not eligible to be appointed as a Deputy CEO if, at any time during the 5 years before the start of the appointment, the person was any of the following:

                     (a)  a member of the Federal Parliament, a State Parliament or the Legislative Assembly of a Territory;

                     (b)  a registered political campaigner (within the meaning of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 );

                     (c)  registered as a lobbyist (however described) under a law of a State or Territory or a foreign country;

                     (d)  a senior executive in:

                              (i)  an industry association (whether in Australia or a foreign country); or

                             (ii)  an environmental organisation on the register of environmental organisations kept under Subdivision 30-E of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , or on a similar register in a foreign country.

501P   Acting appointments

                   The CEO may, by written instrument, appoint an SES employee or acting SES employee in the EPA to act as a Deputy CEO:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of a Deputy CEO (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when a Deputy CEO:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

501Q   Other paid work

                   A Deputy CEO must not engage in paid work outside the duties of the Deputy CEO’s office without the Minister’s approval.

501R   Remuneration

             (1)  A Deputy CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  A Deputy CEO is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  Subsections 7(9) and (13) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 do not apply in relation to the office of Deputy CEO.

Note:          The effect of this subsection is that remuneration or allowances of a Deputy CEO will be paid out of money appropriated by an Act other than the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 .

             (4)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 (except as provided by subsection (3)).

501S   Leave of absence

             (1)  A Deputy CEO has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant a Deputy CEO leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Minister determines.

501T   Resignation

             (1)  A Deputy CEO may resign the Deputy CEO’s appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

501U   Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of a Deputy CEO:

                     (a)  for misbehaviour; or

                     (b)  if the Deputy CEO is unable to perform the duties of the Deputy CEO’s office because of physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of a Deputy CEO if:

                     (a)  the Deputy CEO:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with the Deputy CEO’s creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of the Deputy CEO’s remuneration for the benefit of the Deputy CEO’s creditors; or

                     (b)  the Deputy CEO is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (c)  the Deputy CEO engages, except with the Minister’s approval, in paid work outside the duties of the Deputy CEO’s office (see section 501Q);

                     (d)  the Deputy CEO fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 501V.

501V   Disclosure of interests to the Minister

                   A Deputy CEO must give written notice to the Minister of all interests, pecuniary or otherwise, that the Deputy CEO has or acquires and that conflict or could conflict with the proper performance of the Deputy CEO’s functions.

501W   Terms and conditions of appointment

                   A Deputy CEO holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

501X   Delegation by Deputy CEO

             (1)  A Deputy CEO may, in writing, delegate all or any of the Deputy CEO’s functions or powers (including a function or power delegated to the Deputy CEO under section 501M) to an SES employee, or acting SES employee, in the EPA.

Note:          Sections 34AA to 34A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 contain provisions relating to delegations.

             (2)  In performing a delegated function or exercising a delegated power, the delegate must comply with any written directions of the Deputy CEO.

             (3)  This section does not apply to a function or power of a Deputy CEO if:

                     (a)  a law other than this section provides for the delegation of that function or power; or

                     (b)  the power was delegated to the Deputy CEO under a provision other than section 501M.

Subdivision D Monitoring, compliance, enforcement and assurance

501Y   Office of Monitoring, Compliance, Enforcement and Assurance

             (1)  There is to be within the EPA an Office of Monitoring, Compliance, Enforcement and Assurance of the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority.

             (2)  The OMCEA must include a Deputy CEO.

             (3)  The OMCEA has the function of assisting the CEO in performing his or her functions, to the extent those functions relate to monitoring compliance with, and enforcing, Commonwealth environmental laws.

501Z   CEO must consult Auditor General

             (1)  The CEO must consult the Auditor-General in establishing the EPA’s monitoring, compliance, enforcement and assurance systems.

             (2)  The Auditor-General must conduct performance audits of the EPA’s monitoring, compliance, enforcement and assurance systems:

                     (a)  3 years after the commencement of this section; and

                     (b)  at such times occurring:

                              (i)  after the first audit; and

                             (ii)  before 1 January 2036;

                            as the Auditor-General considers appropriate, such that no more than 5 years occurs between audits.

501ZA   Monitoring plans

                   Before the CEO, under a Commonwealth environmental law:

                     (a)  grants an approval, permit, licence or other permission (however described) subject to conditions; or

                     (b)  imposes new conditions on such an approval etc.;

the CEO must develop a plan to monitor compliance with the conditions.

Subdivision E Staff and consultants

501ZB   Staff

             (1)  The staff of the EPA must be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 .

             (2)  For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999 :

                     (a)  the CEO and the APS employees assisting the CEO together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the CEO is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

501ZC   Consultants

                   The CEO may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, engage consultants to assist in the performance of the CEO’s functions.

Subdivision F Miscellaneous

501ZD   Fees

             (1)  The CEO may charge a fee for the performance of any of the CEO’s or EPA’s functions.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to performing a function:

                     (a)  on the CEO’s own initiative; or

                     (b)  if a Commonwealth law other than this Division deals with the charging of fees for the performance of that function.

501ZE   Annual report

                   The annual report prepared by the CEO and given to the Minister under section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 for a period must include details about the action the CEO took during the year to establish and maintain the EPA’s monitoring, compliance, enforcement and assurance systems, including the following:

                     (a)  any advice the Auditor-General gave to the CEO under subsection 501Z(1) during the year;

                     (b)  any action the CEO has taken during the year in response to advice given by the Auditor-General under subsection 501Z(1);

                     (c)  if the Auditor-General conducted an audit under subsection 501Z(2) during the year—a copy of the Auditor-General’s report of the audit.

501ZF   Vacancies to be filled as soon as practicable

                   If a vacancy occurs in the office of CEO or in an office of Deputy CEO, the Minister and the joint committee must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the vacancy is filled as soon as practicable.

Division 1B Parliamentary Joint Committee on Environment and Energy

501ZG   Parliamentary Joint Committee on Environment and Energy

             (1)  As soon as practicable after the commencement of the first session of each Parliament, a joint committee of members of the Parliament to be known as the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Environment and Energy is to be appointed according to the practice of the Parliament with reference to the appointment of members to serve on joint select committees of both Houses of the Parliament.

             (2)  The joint committee is to consist of 12 members:

                     (a)  6 of whom must be members of the Senate appointed by the Senate, and 6 of whom must be members of the House of Representatives appointed by that House; and

                     (b)  5 of whom must be members of the Government; and

                     (c)  5 of whom must be members of the Opposition; and

                     (d)  2 of whom must be members of the Parliament other than members of the Government or Opposition.

             (3)  The co-Chairs of the joint committee are to be:

                     (a)  the joint committee member nominated as co-Chair by the Prime Minister; and

                     (b)  the joint committee member nominated as co-Chair by the leader of the Opposition.

             (4)  A member of the Parliament is not eligible for appointment as a joint committee member if the member is:

                     (a)  a Minister; or

                     (b)  the President of the Senate; or

                     (c)  the Speaker of the House of Representatives; or

                     (d)  the Deputy President and Chair of Committees of the Senate or the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

             (5)  A joint committee member ceases to hold office:

                     (a)  when the House of Representatives expires by the passing of time or is dissolved; or

                     (b)  if the joint committee member becomes the holder of an office specified in any of the paragraphs of subsection (4); or

                     (c)  if the joint committee member ceases to be a member of the House of the Parliament by which the joint committee member was appointed; or

                     (d)  if the joint committee member resigns his or her office as provided by subsection (6) or (7).

             (6)  A joint committee member appointed by the Senate may resign his or her office by writing signed by him or her and delivered to the President of the Senate.

             (7)  A joint committee member appointed by the House of Representatives may resign his or her office by writing signed by him or her and delivered to the Speaker of that House.

             (8)  Either House of the Parliament may appoint one of its members to fill a vacancy amongst the members of the joint committee appointed by that House.

501ZH   Powers and proceedings of the joint committee

                   All matters relating to the powers and proceedings of the joint committee are to be determined by resolution of both Houses of the Parliament.

501ZJ   Duties of the joint committee

             (1)  The joint committee has the following duties:

                     (a)  to monitor the CEO’s performance of his or her functions;

                     (b)  to report to both Houses of the Parliament, with such comments as it thinks fit, on any matter connected with the performance of the CEO’s functions that the joint committee considers should be directed to the attention of Parliament;

                     (c)  to examine each annual report prepared by the CEO under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and report to both Houses of the Parliament on any matter appearing in, or arising out of, any such annual report;

                     (d)  to inquire into any question in connection with the joint committee’s duties that is referred to it by either House of the Parliament, and to report to that House on that question;

                     (e)  to consider proposed appointments to the offices of CEO and Deputy CEO (see subsections 501D(3) and 501N(4));

                      (f)  to make recommendations to both Houses of the Parliament, the Minister and the CEO on:

                              (i)  draft estimates referred to in section 501ZK; and

                             (ii)  what proportion of the EPA’s budget should be spent on monitoring, compliance, enforcement and assurance.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not authorise the joint committee to reconsider the CEO’s decisions or recommendations in relation to a particular decision under a Commonwealth environmental law.

501ZK   Estimates

             (1)  Without limiting section 501ZH, the joint committee may request the CEO to submit to the joint committee draft estimates for the EPA for a financial year before the Federal budget for that financial year.

             (2)  The CEO must comply with the request in time to allow the joint committee to consider the draft estimates and make recommendations on them before the budget.

501ZL   Review of Commonwealth environmental laws

                   The joint committee must:

                     (a)  regularly review Commonwealth environmental laws; and

                     (b)  if the joint committee reasonably believes that the purposes of those laws would be better achieved if any functions under those laws were transferred to the CEO—recommend to both Houses of the Parliament and the Minister that the functions be transferred to the CEO.

2  Section 528

Insert:

CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority.

Commonwealth environmental law means any of the following:

                     (a)  an environmental law;

                     (b)  the Water Act 2007 ;

                     (c)  an Act or legislative instrument (other than an Act or instrument specified by the regulations for the purposes for this paragraph) that has, as its purpose or one of its purposes, the purpose of protecting the environment;

                     (d)  an Act specified by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph;

                     (e)  a legislative instrument (other than a legislative instrument specified by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph) made under another Commonwealth environmental law.

Deputy CEO means a Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority.

EPA means the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority.

joint committee means the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Environment and Energy.

joint committee member means a member of the joint committee.

OMCEA means the Office of Monitoring, Compliance, Enforcement and Assurance of the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority.

paid work means work for financial gain or reward (whether as an employee, a self-employed person or otherwise).

senior Deputy CEO : see subsection 501E(2).

Part 2 Consequential amendments

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

3  At the end of section 28

Add:

             (6)  Before making a declaration under this section, the Minister must consult the CEO.

4  At the end of Division 1 of Part 4

Add:

31A   CEO’s call-in powers

                   Despite section 29, the CEO may, by legislative instrument, declare that, for the purposes of the CEO’s functions and powers relating to monitoring compliance with this Act:

                     (a)  a specified bilateral agreement is to be disregarded; and

                     (b)  a specified action covered by the agreement is taken to have been approved under Part 9.

5  At the end of section 33

Add:

Consultation with CEO

             (9)  The Minister must consult the CEO before:

                     (a)  making a declaration under subsection (1); or

                     (b)  making an instrument under subsection (3).

6  After subsections 35(1) and 36A(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Before making an instrument under subsection (1), the Minister must consult the CEO.

7  At the end of Subdivision C of Division 3 of Part 4

Add:

37JA   Consultation with CEO

                   Before making a declaration under section 37A, the Minister must consult the CEO.

8  After subsection 37K(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Before making an instrument under subsection (1), the Minister must consult the CEO.

9  At the end of section 46

Add:

Consultation with CEO

           (11)  The Minister must consult the CEO before:

                     (a)  entering into an agreement under subsection (1); or

                     (b)  accrediting something under subsection (3).

10  After subsection 56A(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Before making a determination under paragraph (1)(c), the Minister must consult the CEO.

11  Subsection 58(1)

After “must consult”, insert “the CEO and”.

12  After subsections 60(2) and 62(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  Before making a decision under subsection (2), the Minister must consult the CEO.

13  Section 66

Omit “Minister” (first, third and fourth occurring), substitute “CEO”.

14  Subsection 68(1)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

15  Subsection 68(1)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

16  Subsection 68(2)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

17  Subsection 68(2)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

18  Subsection 68(5)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

19  Sections 68A to 73A

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

20  Subsection 74(1) (heading)

Omit “ other ”.

21  Subsection 74(1)

Omit “Minister (the Environment Minister )”, substitute “CEO”.

22  Paragraph 74(1)(a)

Omit “other Minister whom the Environment Minister”, substitute “Minister whom the CEO”.

23  Paragraph 74(1)(b)

Omit “other Minister informed to give the Environment Minister”, substitute “Minister informed to give the CEO”.

24  Subsections 74(1A) and (1B)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

25  Subsections 74(2) and (3)

Omit “Environment Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

26  Paragraph 74(3)(b)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

27  Subsection 74(3A)

Omit “Environment Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

28  Subsection 74(3A)

Omit “the Minister”, substitute “the CEO”.

29  Subsection 74(3B)

Omit “Environment Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

30  Subsection 74(3B)

Omit “the Minister”, substitute “the CEO”.

31  Sections 74A to 74B

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

32  Subsection 74C(1)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

33  Paragraph 74C(2)(a)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

34  Paragraph 74C(2)(b)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

35  Paragraph 74C(3)(b) and (c)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

36  Section 74D (heading)

Omit “ Minister ”, substitute “ CEO ”.

37  Subsection 74D(1)

Omit “Minister” (first occurring), substitute “CEO”.

38  Paragraph 74D(2)(a)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

39  Paragraph 74D(2)(b)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

40  Subparagraph 74D(2)(c)(ii)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

41  Paragraph 74D(3)(b)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

42  Subsections 74D(4) to (6)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

43  Division 2 of Part 7 (heading)

Omit “ Ministerial decision ”, substitute “ Decision ”.

44  Sections 75 to 77A

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

45  Subsection 78(1) (not including the notes)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

46  Subsection 78(1) (notes 2 and 3)

Omit “the Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “the CEO”.

47  Subsections 78(2) to (7)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

48  Section 78A

Omit “the Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “the CEO”.

49  Section 78B (heading)

Omit “ Minister ”, substitute “ CEO ”.

50  Subsection 78B(1)

Omit “The Minister (the Environment Minister )”, substitute “The CEO”.

51  Subsections 78B(2) and (3)

Omit “Environment Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

52  Subsection 78B(3)

Omit “Minister” (second and third occurring), substitute “CEO”.

53  Subsection 78B(4) (heading)

Omit “ other ”.

54  Subsection 78B(4)

Omit “Environment Minister must”, substitute “CEO must”.

55  Paragraph 78B(4)(a)

Omit “other Minister who the Environment Minister”, substitute “Minister who the CEO”.

56  Paragraph 78B(4)(b)

Omit “Environment Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

57  Subsections 78B(5) and (6)

Omit “Environment Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

58  Section 78C (heading)

Omit “ Minister ”, substitute “ CEO ”.

59  Subsections 78C(1) and (2)

Omit “Minister” (first occurring), substitute “CEO”.

60  Subsections 78C(3) and (4)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

61  Subsection 79(1)

Omit “Minister (the Environment Minister )”, substitute “CEO”.

62  Subsection 79(2)

Omit “Environment Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

63  Subsection 79(2)

Omit “Environment Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

64  Subsection 79(3)

Omit “Environment Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

65  Section 80

Omit “Ministerial”, substitute “CEO”.

66  Sections 80 to 90

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

67  Subsection 91(1)

Omit “Minister” (first occurring), substitute “CEO”.

68  Subsections 91(1A) and (2)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

69  Sections 92 to 95

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

70  Subsections 95A(1) to (3)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

71  Paragraph 95A(3)(c)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

72  Subsection 95A(4) (note)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

73  Sections 95B to 96B

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

74  Subsections 97(1) and (2)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

75  Paragraph 97(3)(b)

Omit “Minister administering this section”, substitute “CEO”.

76  Subsections 97(3A) and (5)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

77  Paragraph 98(1)(ab)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

78  Paragraph 98(1)(b)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

79  Subsections 98(1) and (2)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

80  Sections 99 to 101B

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

81  Subsections 102(1) to (2)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

82  Paragraph 102(3)(b)

Omit “Minister administering this section”, substitute “CEO”.

83  Subsections 102(3A) and (5)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

84  Paragraph 103(1)(ab)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

85  Paragraph 103(1)(b)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

86  Subsections 103(2) and (3)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

87  Sections 104 to 106

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

88  Subsection 107(1)

Omit “Minister decides that the relevant impacts of an action must be assessed by inquiry under this Division, the Minister”, substitute “CEO decides that the relevant impacts of an action must be assessed by inquiry under this Division, or that the relevant impacts of the action must be assessed by an environmental impact statement under Division 6, the CEO”.

89  Subparagraph 107(1)(b)(ii)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

90  Subsection 107(1) (note 1)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

91  After subsection 107(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  The CEO must not appoint a person as a commissioner unless the CEO is satisfied that the person qualifies for the appointment because of the person’s knowledge of, or experience in, any of the following:

                     (a)  conservation of biodiversity;

                     (b)  ecologically sustainable development;

                     (c)  heritage;

                     (d)  Indigenous affairs;

                     (e)  law;

                      (f)  natural resource management.

92  Subsections 107(2) and (3)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

93  Subsection 107(4)

Omit “Minister may”, substitute “CEO may”.

94  Paragraph 107(4)(b)

Omit “Minister administering this section”, substitute “CEO”.

95  Subsections 107(4A) and (5)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

96  Section 108

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

97  After section 110

Insert:

110A   Funding witnesses and submissions

                   The CEO may provide financial assistance for the purposes of helping community representatives to seek independent expertise to prepare evidence and present submissions to an inquiry under this Division.

Note:          See section 522.

110B   CEO may make submissions to inquiry

             (1)  The CEO may make a submission to a commission, including a submission relating to an assertion contained in an application, environmental impact statement, or any other evidence given to the commission.

             (2)  For the purposes of preparing a submission under subsection (1), the CEO may exercise the powers of a commissioner under this Subdivision as if the CEO were a commissioner conducting an inquiry.

98  Sections 118 to 122

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

99  Subsections 123(2) and (3)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

100  Subsection 125(2)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

101  Section 126

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

102  Subsections 127(1) and (2)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

103  Subsection 127(3)

Omit “Minister must”, substitute “CEO must”.

104  Paragraph 127(3)(b)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

105  Subsection 127(4)

Omit “Minister must”, substitute “CEO must”.

106  Paragraph 127(4)(b)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

107  Sections 128 and 129

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

108  Section 130

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

109  Subsection 131(1)

Omit “Minister (the Environment Minister )”, substitute “CEO”.

110  Paragraph 131(1)(a)

Omit “other Minister whom the Environment Minister believes has administrative responsibilities relating to the action of the decision the Environment Minister”, substitute “Minister whom the CEO believes has administrative responsibilities relating to the action of the decision the CEO”.

111  Paragraph 131(1)(b)

Omit “other Minister to give the Environment Minister”, substitute “Minister to give the CEO”.

112  Paragraph 131(2)(b)

Omit “Environment Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

113  Subsections 131AA(1) to (6)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

114  Paragraph 131AA(7)(a)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

115  Paragraph 131AA(7)(b)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

116  Paragraph 131AA(7)(b)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

117  Sections 131AB and 131A

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

118  After section 131A

Insert:

131B   CEO may conduct inquiries

             (1)  Before the CEO decides whether or not to approve, for the purposes of a controlling provision, the taking of an action, and what conditions (if any) to attach to an approval, the CEO may conduct an inquiry into any of the assertions made in the application, an environmental impact statement or any other evidence given in connection with the application.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), Subdivision C of Division 7 of Part 9 applies in relation to an inquiry by the CEO under subsection (1) of this section in the same way that section applies in relation to an inquiry by a commissioner.

119  Section 132

Omit “Minister” (first and second occurring), substitute “CEO”.

120  Paragraph 132(e)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

121  Subsection 132A(3)

Omit “Minister (the Environment Minister )”, substitute “CEO”.

122  Subsection 132A(3)

Omit “Environment Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

123  Sections 132B to 145A

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

124  Section 145B (heading)

Omit “ Minister’s ”, substitute “ CEO’s ”.

125  Subsection 145B(1)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

126  Subsection 145B(2) (heading)

Omit “ Minister ”, substitute “ CEO ”.

127  Subsection 145B(2)

Omit “Minister” (first occurring), substitute “CEO”.

128  Subsection 145B(2)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

129  Subsection 145B(2)

Omit “Minister” (last occurring), substitute “CEO”.

130  Subsection 145B(3)

Omit “Minister” (first occurring), substitute “CEO”.

131  Paragraph 145B(3)(a)

Omit “Minister” (first occurring), substitute “CEO”.

132  Paragraphs 145B(3)(a) and (b)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

133  Subsections 145B(4) and (5)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

134  Sections 145C to 145E

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

135  At the end of Part 9

Add:

Division 6 Powers of CEO in exceptional circumstances

145F   Powers of CEO in exceptional circumstances

             (1)  This section applies if an approval of the taking of an action under this Part is in force.

             (2)  Despite anything else in this Part, the CEO may, by written instrument, attach a condition to the approval if the CEO is satisfied on reasonable grounds that:

                     (a)  the applicant, in connection with the approval, intentionally mispresented the impact of the action on the environment (whether in the application, an environmental impact statement or in any other document or evidence); and

                     (b)  the action constitutes a significant threat to the environment; and

                     (c)  attaching the condition is likely to mitigate that threat; and

                     (d)  it is not practicable, in the circumstances, to attach the condition under the other provisions of this Division.

             (3)  Despite anything else in this Part, the CEO may, by written instrument, suspend or revoke the approval if the CEO is satisfied on reasonable grounds that:

                     (a)  the applicant, in connection with the approval, intentionally mispresented the impact of the action on the environment (whether in the application, an environmental impact statement or in any other document or evidence);

                     (b)  the action constitutes a significant threat to the environment; and

                     (c)  the suspension or termination is likely to mitigate that threat; and

                     (d)  attaching conditions under subsection (2) would not be a sufficient response to the threat; and

                     (e)  it is not practicable, in the circumstances, to suspend or revoke the approval under the other provisions of this Division.

             (4)  As soon as possible after making an instrument under subsection (2) or (3), the Minister must:

                     (a)  give a copy of it to the holder of the approval; and

                     (b)  publish the instrument in accordance with the regulations.

136  At the end of section 146

Add:

             (4)  The CEO must be consulted before:

                     (a)  the Minister enters into an agreement under subsection (1); or

                     (b)  terms of reference are finalised as mentioned in subparagraph (1B)(b)(iii); or

                     (c)  the Minister endorses a report as mentioned in paragraph (2)(f).

137  Section 146B

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

138  Section 146C (heading)

Omit “ other ”.

139  Subsection 146C(1)

Omit “Minister (the Environment Minister )”, substitute “CEO”.

140  Paragraph 146C(1)(a)

Omit “the Minister whom the Environment Minister”, substitute “Minister whom the CEO”.

141  Paragraphs 146C(1)(b) and (2)(b)

Omit “Environment Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

142  Sections 146D to 146M

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

143  Sections 155 to 156F

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

144  After subsection 158(5)

Insert:

          (5A)  Before making a notice, the Minister must consult the CEO.

145  Paragraph 158A(2)(a)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

146  Subdivision A of Division 4 of Part 11 (heading)

Omit “ Minister’s ”, substitute “ CEO’s ”.

147  Section 159

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

148  Section 160 (heading)

Omit “ Minister’s ”, substitute “ CEO’s ”.

149  Subsection 160(1)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

150  Subsection 160(1A) (heading)

Omit “ Minister ”, substitute “ CEO ”.

151  Paragraphs 160(1A)(a) and (b)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

152  Paragraph 160(4)(a)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

153  Section 161 (heading)

Omit “ Minister’s ”, substitute “ CEO’s ”.

154  Subsection 161(1)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

155  Subsections 161(1) and (2)

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

156  Subsection 161(2) and (3)

Omit “Minister’s” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO’s”.

157  Section 161A to 163

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

158  Section 164

Omit “Minister’s” (first occurring), substitute “CEO’s”.

159  Section 164

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

160  Paragraphs 164(a) and (b)

Omit “Minister’s”, substitute “CEO’s”.

161  Section 166 (heading)

Before “ Ministers ”, insert “CEO and State”.

162  Subsections 166(1) and (3) and 167(1) and (2)

Omit “Minister” (first occurring), substitute “the CEO”.

163  Subsection 167(3) (heading)

Omit “ Minister ”, substitute “ CEO ”.

164  Subsection 167(3)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

165  Section 168

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

166  Paragraphs 169(2)(a), (b) and (c)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

167  Subsection 169(4) (heading)

Omit “ Minister ” (first occurring), substitute “ CEO ”.

168  Subsection 169(4)

Omit “Minister” (first occurring), substitute “CEO”.

169  Paragraph 170(b)

Omit “the Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “the CEO”.

170  Section 170A

Omit “Secretary”, substitute “CEO”.

171  Paragraph 170A(a)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

172  Paragraphs 170A(b) to (ia)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

173  Sections 170B and 170BA

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

174  At the end of section 170BA

Add:

             (8)  This section does not apply to biodiversity conservation, heritage or environmental protection data to which section 170BB applies.

175  At the end of Division 5 of Part 11

Add:

170BB   CEO may require documentation to be machine-readable etc.

             (1)  This section applies to biodiversity conservation, heritage or environmental protection data that a person is required to publish under Division 4, 5, 6 or 7 of Part 8, other than data that a person is directed not to disclose under section 170B.

             (2)  The CEO may, by notice in writing given to the person, require the person:

                     (a)  to give the data to the CEO in a specified electronic format; or

                     (b)  to take all reasonable steps to have the data published in a specified way, including:

                              (i)  on the EPA’s website; or

                             (ii)  in the Atlas of Living Australia .

             (3)  The person must comply with the requirement in the notice.

Civil penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—100 penalty units;

                     (b)  for a body corporate—1,000 penalty units.

176  Sections 170C and 170CA

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

177  Division 1 of Part 12

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

178  Sections 200 to 207A

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

179  After subsection 208A(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Before making an instrument under subsection (1), the Minister must consult the CEO.

180  Sections 215 to 221A

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

181  After subsection 222A(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Before making an instrument under subsection (1), the Minister must consult the CEO.

182  Sections 237 to 243A

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

183  After subsection 245(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Before making an instrument under subsection (1), the Minister must consult the CEO.

184  Sections 257 to 263A

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

185  After subsection 265(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Before making an instrument under subsection (1), the Minister must consult the CEO.

186  After subsection 303A(5)

Insert:

          (5A)  Before granting an exemption, the Minister must consult the CEO.

187  Sections 303CE to 303CG, 303CI, 303CK, 303DE to 303DJ and 303EL to 303EQ

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

188  Sections 303GA to 303GD

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

189  Subsection 303GE(2)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “CEO”.

190  Subsection 303GE(4)

Omit “Minister’s” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO’s”.

191  Sections 303GG to 303GX

Omit “Minister” (wherever occurring), substitute “CEO”.

192  After subsection 306A(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Before entering into a conservation agreement, the Minister must consult the CEO.

193  Section 391 (heading)

After “ Minister ”, insert “ and CEO ”.

194  Subsection 391(1)

After “Minister”, insert “or CEO”.

195  Section 392

Before “The Minister”, insert “(1)”.

196  At the end of section 392

Insert:

             (2)  The CEO may, in writing, appoint:

                     (a)  an employee of the EPA; or

                     (b)  a person covered by an arrangement made under section 393;

to be a warden or ranger.

197  Subsection 393(1)

After “The Secretary”, insert “or the CEO”.

198  Subsection 393(2)

After “The Minister”, insert “or the CEO”.

199  Subsection 393(4)

After “The Director”, insert “or the CEO”.

200  Sections 395 and 396

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

201  Subsections 398(1) and (3)

After “The Minister”, insert “or CEO”.

202  Subsection 398(4)

After “the Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

203  Section 399

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

204  Subsection 438(3)

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

205  Paragraph 438(4)(c)

After “Secretary”, insert “, the CEO”.

206  Section 444C

After “Secretary” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

207  Subsection 444G(3)

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

208  Paragraph 444G(4)(c)

After “Secretary”, insert “, the CEO”.

209  Subsection 446(1B)

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

210  Paragraph 446(1C)(c)

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

211  Paragraph 446(1C)(d)

After “Secretary”, insert “, the CEO”.

212  Sections 449 to 454

After “Secretary” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

213  Subsection 456AB(3)

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

214  Paragraph 456AB(4)(c)

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

215  Paragraph 456AB(4)(d)

After “Secretary”, insert “, the CEO”.

216  Subsection 456AC(3)

After “Secretary”, insert “, the CEO”.

217  Paragraph 456AC(4)(b)

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

218  Paragraph 456AC(4)(c)

After “Secretary”, insert “, the CEO”.

219  Sections 458 and 459

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

220  Paragraph 460(1)(c)

After “Minister’s”, insert “or CEO’s”.

221  Subsection 461(2)

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

222  After paragraph 475(1)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the CEO; or

223  Subsection 476(1)

Omit “the Minister”, substitute “, the Minister or the CEO”.

224  At the end of subsection 480A(5)

Add “or CEO”.

225  Section 480B

After “Minister”, insert “or CEO”.

226  Division 14B of Part 17 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 14B Remediation determinations

227  Section 480D to 480H

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

228  Section 480J (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

480J   Reconsideration of remedial determinations

229  Subsection 480J(1)

After “Minister”, insert “or CEO (whoever made the determination)”.

230  Subsections 480J(2) to (4)

After “Minister”, insert “or CEO”.

231  Paragraphs 480JK(4)(a) and (b)

After “Minister’s”, insert “or CEO’s”.

232  Paragraph 480K(1)(c)

Omit “by the Minister”.

233  Subsection 480L(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  If the Minister:

                     (a)  makes a remediation determination; and

                     (b)  considers that the specified person has contravened the remediation determination;

the Minister may apply to the Federal Court for an order under subsection (2).

          (1A)  If the CEO:

                     (a)  makes a remediation determination; and

                     (b)  considers that the specified person has contravened the remediation determination;

the CEO may apply to the Federal Court for an order under subsection (2).

234  Subsection 480N(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  The Minister or CEO may, in writing, vary or revoke a remediation determination that he or she made.

235  Subsection 481(1)

After “the Minister”, insert “or CEO”.

236  Subsections 486DA (1) and (2)

After “the Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

237  At the end of subsection 486DA(3)

Add “or CEO (whoever accepted the undertaking)”.

238  Subsections 486DB(1) and 486E(1)

After “the Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

239  Subsection 486E(2) (at the end of the definition of official )

Add

                    ; (f)  the CEO;

                     (g)  a Deputy CEO;

                     (h)  a member of the staff of the EPA.

240  Sections 486F and 486G

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

241  Paragraphs 489(1)(a) and (2A)(a)

Omit “or 13A”, substitute “, 13A or 17”.

242  After subparagraph 491(1)(b)(iii)

Insert:

                          (iiia)  the CEO; or

                          (iiib)  a Deputy CEO; or

                          (iiic)  a member of the staff of the EPA; or

243  Subsection 498(1)

After “Minister”, insert “or CEO”.

244  Paragraph 498(2)(a)

After “Minister’s”, insert “or CEO’s”.

245  Subsection 498A(1)

Omit “An authorised officer or ranger”, substitute “A person to whom subsection (3) applies”.

246  Subsection 498A(1)

Omit “the officer or ranger”, substitute “the person”.

247  Subsection 498A(1)

Omit “(in the case of an authorised officer)”.

248  Subsection 498A(2)

Omit “an authorised officer or ranger”, substitute “person to whom subsection (3) applies (the main officer )”.

249  Subsection 498A(2)

Omit “officer or ranger” (second and third occurring), substitute “main officer”.

250  Subsection 498A(2)

Omit “(in the case of an authorised officer)”.

251  Subsection 498A(2)

Omit “the officer or ranger” (last occurring), substitute “main officer”.

252  At the end of section 498A

Add:

             (3)  This subsection applies to:

                     (a)  an authorised officer; or

                     (b)  a ranger; or

                     (c)  the CEO, a Deputy CEO or a member of the staff of the EPA.

253  At the end of Part 17

Add:

Division 23 Regulatory powers

498C   Monitoring powers

             (1)  This Act is subject to monitoring under Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

Note:          Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers Act creates a framework for monitoring whether this Act has been complied with. It includes powers of entry and inspection.

             (2)  Information given in compliance or purported compliance with a provision of this Act is subject to monitoring under Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

Note:          Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers Act creates a framework for monitoring whether the information is correct. It includes powers of entry and inspection.

             (3)  For the purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions of this Act:

                     (a)  the CEO is an authorised applicant; and

                     (b)  each of the following is an authorised person:

                              (i)  the CEO;

                             (ii)  a Deputy CEO;

                            (iii)  a person nominated in writing by the CEO for purposes of this subparagraph; and

                     (c)  a magistrate is an issuing officer; and

                     (d)  the Federal Court is the relevant court.

Use of force in executing a warrant

             (4)  In executing a monitoring warrant:

                     (a)  an authorised person may use such force against things as is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances; and

                     (b)  a person assisting the authorised person may use such force against things as is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances.

498D   Investigation powers

             (1)  A provision is subject to investigation under Part 3 of the Regulatory Powers Act if it is:

                     (a)  an offence against this Act; or

                     (b)  a civil penalty provision of this Act; or

                     (c)  an offence against the Crimes Act 1914 or the Criminal Code that relates to this Act.

Note:          Part 3 of the Regulatory Powers Act creates a framework for investigating whether a provision has been contravened. It includes powers of entry, search and seizure.

             (2)  For the purposes of Part 3 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to evidential material that relates to a provision mentioned in subsection (1):

                     (a)  the CEO is an authorised applicant and the relevant chief executive; and

                     (b)  each of the following is an authorised person:

                              (i)  the CEO;

                             (ii)  a Deputy CEO;

                            (iii)  a person nominated in writing by the CEO for purposes of this subparagraph; and

                     (c)  a magistrate is an issuing officer; and

                     (d)  the Federal Court is the relevant court.

Use of force in executing a warrant

             (3)  In executing an investigation warrant:

                     (a)  an authorised person may use such force against things as is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances; and

                     (b)  a person assisting the authorised person may use such force against things as is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances.

498E   Infringement notices

             (1)  A civil penalty provision of this Act or strict liability offence against this Act is subject to an infringement notice under Part 5 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

Note:          Part 5 of the Regulatory Powers Act creates a framework for using infringement notices in relation to provisions.

             (2)  For the purposes of Part 5 of the Regulatory Powers Act:

                     (a)  each of the following is an infringement officer in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1):

                              (i)  the CEO;

                             (ii)  a Deputy CEO;

                            (iii)  a person nominated in writing by the CEO for purposes of this subparagraph; and

                     (b)  the CEO is the relevant chief executive in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1).

498F   Enforceable undertakings

             (1)  The provisions of this Act are enforceable under Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

Note:          Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act creates a framework for accepting and enforcing undertakings relating to compliance with provisions.

             (2)  For the purposes of Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act:

                     (b)  each of the following is an authorised person in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1):

                              (i)  the CEO;

                             (ii)  a Deputy CEO;

                            (iii)  a person nominated in writing by the CEO for purposes of this subparagraph; and

                     (b)  the Federal Court is a relevant court in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1).

498G   Injunctions

             (1)  The provisions of this Act are enforceable under Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

Note:          Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act creates a framework for using injunctions to enforce provisions.

             (2)  For the purposes of Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act:

                     (a)  each of the following is an authorised person in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1):

                              (i)  the CEO;

                             (ii)  a Deputy CEO;

                            (iii)  a person nominated in writing by the CEO for purposes of this subparagraph; and

                     (b)  the Federal Court is the relevant court in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1).

498H   Extension to external Territories

                   Parts 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as they apply because of this Division, extend to every external Territory.

498J   Delegation

             (1)  The CEO may, in writing, delegate the functions or powers mentioned in subsection (2) to:

                     (a)  a Deputy CEO; or

                     (b)  a member of the staff of the EPA; or

                     (c)  with the agreement of the State or Territory concerned—an employee or officer of a State or Territory; or

                     (d)  with the agreement of the local council concerned—an employee or officer of a local council.

             (2)  The powers and functions that may be delegated are:

                     (a)  the CEO’s powers and functions under Part 2, 3, 5, 6 or 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies because of this Division; and

                     (b)  powers and functions under the Regulatory Powers Act that are incidental to a power mentioned in paragraph (a).

             (3)  A person exercising powers or performing functions under a delegation under subsection (1) must comply with any directions of the CEO.

498K   Person assisting

                   A person who is an authorised person for the purposes of Part 2, 3, 5, 6 or 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies because of this Division, may be assisted by other persons in exercising powers or performing functions as an authorised person.

498L   Interaction with rest of this Act

                   This Division does not limit a power of the CEO or any other person under another provision of this Act or any other law.

Division 24 Stop work orders

498M   Stop work orders

             (1)  This section applies if the CEO believes on reasonable grounds that:

                     (a)  a person is engaging, or is likely to engage, in conduct that contravenes this Act; and

                     (b)  the conduct constitutes a significant threat to the environment; and

                     (c)  making an order under this section is necessary to deal with the threat; and

                     (d)  the CEO has not previously made an order under this section in relation to the conduct.

Note:          The person may be a State or Territory or a local council.

             (2)  The CEO may, by notice in writing given to the person, order the person not to engage in the conduct, or to cease engaging in the conduct.

             (3)  The person must not contravene the order.

Civil penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—5,000 penalty units;

                     (b)  for a body corporate—50,000 penalty units.

             (4)  The order ceases:

                     (a)  24 hours after it is given to the person; or

                     (b)  at an earlier time specified in the order.

Division 25 Additional monitoring and investigation powers

Subdivision A Power to enter premises

498N   Compliance purposes

             (1)  An inspector may exercise his or her powers under this Division for compliance purposes.

             (2)  A compliance purpose is the purpose of determining whether any of the following have been or are being complied with:

                     (a)  this Act;

                     (b)  a condition to which an approval, permit, licence or other permission (however described) granted under this Act is subject.

Subdivision B Power to enter premises

498P   Power of inspectors to enter premises

             (1)  An inspector may, without force, enter premises, if the inspector reasonably believes that:

                     (a)  an activity that is approved under this Act subject to conditions is being carried out on the premises; or

                     (b)  there are records or documents relevant to compliance purposes on the premises, or accessible from a computer on the premises.

             (2)  Despite paragraph (1)(a), an inspector must not enter a part of premises that is used for residential purposes unless the inspector reasonably believes that the activity referred to in that paragraph is being carried out on that part of the premises.

498Q   Powers of inspectors while on premises

                   The inspector may exercise one or more of the following powers while on the premises:

                     (a)  inspect any work, process or object;

                     (b)  interview any person;

                     (c)  require a person to tell the inspector who has custody of, or access to, a record or document;

                     (d)  require a person who has the custody of, or access to, a record or document to produce the record or document to the inspector either while the inspector is on the premises, or within a specified period;

                     (e)  inspect, and make copies of, any record or document that:

                              (i)  is kept on the premises; or

                             (ii)  is accessible from a computer that is kept on the premises;

                      (f)  take samples of any goods or substances in accordance with any procedures prescribed by the regulations.

498R   Persons assisting inspectors

             (1)  A person (the assistant ) may accompany the inspector onto the premises to assist the inspector if the CEO is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the assistance is necessary and reasonable; and

                     (b)  the assistant has suitable qualifications and experience to properly assist the inspector.

             (2)  The assistant:

                     (a)  may do such things on the premises as the inspector requires to assist the inspector to exercise the inspector’s powers; but

                     (b)  must not do anything that the inspector does not have power to do.

             (3)  Anything done by the assistant is taken for all purposes to have been done by the inspector.

Subdivision C Powers to ask questions and require records and documents

498S   Power to ask for person’s name and address

             (1)  An inspector may require a person to tell the inspector the person’s name and address if the inspector reasonably believes that the person has contravened a civil penalty provision.

             (2)  If the inspector reasonably believes that the name or address is false, the inspector may require the person to give evidence of its correctness.

             (3)  A person must comply with a requirement under subsection (1) or (2) if:

                     (a)  the inspector advises the person that he or she may contravene a civil penalty provision if he or she fails to comply with the requirement; and

                     (b)  the inspector shows his or her identity card to the person.

Civil penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—5,000 penalty units;

                     (b)  for a body corporate—50,000 penalty units.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

498T   Power to require persons to produce records or documents

             (1)  An inspector may require a person, by notice, to produce a record or document to the inspector.

             (2)  The notice must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be served on the person; and

                     (c)  require the person to produce the record or document at a specified place within a specified period of at least 14 days.

The notice may be served by sending the notice to the person’s fax number.

             (3)  A person who is served with a notice to produce must not fail to comply with the notice.

Civil penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—5,000 penalty units;

                     (b)  for a body corporate—50,000 penalty units.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Subdivision D Other rules relating to answers, records and documents

498U   Self-incrimination etc.

             (1)  A person is not excused from giving information, producing a record or document, or answering a question, under this Division on the ground that to do so might tend to incriminate the person or otherwise expose the person to a penalty or other liability.

             (2)  In the case of an individual who produces a record or document, under this Division, none of the following:

                     (a)  the record or document produced;

                     (b)  producing the record or document;

                     (c)  any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of producing the record or document;

is admissible in evidence against the individual in criminal proceedings, other than:

                     (d)  proceedings for an offence against section 137.1 or 137.2 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Act (false or misleading information or documents); and

                     (e)  proceedings for an offence against section 149.1 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Act (obstruction of Commonwealth officials).

498V   Certain records and documents are inadmissible

                   The following are not admissible in evidence in criminal proceedings against an individual:

                     (a)  any record or document inspected or copied under this Division of which the individual had custody, or to which the individual had access, when it was inspected or copied;

                     (b)  any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of inspecting or copying a record or document of which the individual had custody, or to which the individual had access, when it was inspected or copied under this Division.

498W   Legal professional privilege

                   Nothing in this Division requires a person to produce a document that would disclose information that is the subject of legal professional privilege.

498X   Power to keep records or documents

             (1)  If a record or document is produced to an inspector or any other person in accordance with this Division, he or she may:

                     (a)  inspect, and make copies of, the record or document; and

                     (b)  keep the record or document for such period as is necessary.

             (2)  While an inspector or any other person keeps a record or document, he or she must allow the following persons to inspect, or make copies of, the record or document at all reasonable times:

                     (a)  the person who produced the record or document;

                     (b)  any person otherwise entitled to possession of the record or document;

                     (c)  a person authorised by the person referred to in paragraph (b).

Division 26 Other powers

498Y   Power to take samples etc.

             (1)  An inspector may inspect, take extracts from, and make copies of, any document that is, or that the inspector suspects on reasonable grounds is, evidential material in relation to an offence against an environmental law, in relation to a contravention of a civil penalty provision or in relation to both.

             (2)  Subsection (3) applies if:

                     (a)  as a result of the exercise of a power under subsection (1), property is damaged; and

                     (b)  the damage or corruption occurs because insufficient care was exercised in exercising the power; or

             (3)  The Commonwealth must pay the owner of the equipment, or the user of the data or programs, such reasonable compensation for the damage or corruption as the Commonwealth and the owner or user agree on.

             (4)  However, if the owner or user and the Commonwealth fail to agree, the owner or user may institute proceedings in a relevant court for such reasonable amount of compensation as the court determines.

             (5)  In determining the amount of compensation payable, regard is to be had to whether the occupier of the premises, or the occupier’s employees or agents, if they were available at the time, provided any appropriate warning or guidance on the operation of the equipment.

             (6)  Compensation is payable out of money appropriated by the Parliament.

498Z   Power to enter land

                   An inspector, in carrying out monitoring and investigation functions under this Act, may enter or cross any land or waters:

                     (a)  with the consent of the occupier of the land or water; or

                     (b)  in accordance with a warrant issued by a magistrate under this paragraph.

Note:          For offences relating to causing harm to or obstructing authorised officers, see Chapter 7 of the Criminal Code .

Division 27 Post-approval audits

498ZA   Post-approval audits

             (1)  If an approval (however described) is granted under this Act, the CEO may carry out a post-approval audit of the process of granting the approval, including the accuracy of the environmental impact statements and other evidence provided as part of that process.

             (2)  For the purposes of a post-approval audit, the CEO may request the person to whom the approval was granted to supply specified information or documents to the CEO.

             (3)  The person must comply with the request.

Civil penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—5,000 penalty units;

                     (b)  for a body corporate—50,000 penalty units.

254  Section 499

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

255  Subsections 514Y(2) and 514YA(2)

After “Secretary” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

256  After paragraph 514YA(2)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the CEO; or

257  Paragraph 514YA(2)(b)

After “Department”, insert “or EPA”.

258  Subsection 514YA(3)

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

259  Section 514YB

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

260  At the end of section 520

Add:

             (9)  Despite subsection 14(2) of the Legislation Act 2003 , the regulations may make provision in relation to a matter by applying, adopting or incorporating, with or without modification, any matter contained in an industry standard or code of practice as in force from time to time.

261  Subsection 520A(1)

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

262  Subsection 521A(1)

Omit “or Secretary” (wherever occurring), substitute “, Secretary or CEO”.

263  Section 528

Insert:

compliance purpose : see subsection 498N(2).

Regulatory Powers Act means the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 .

264  Clauses 3 and 4 of Schedule 1

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

265  Clauses 6 and 7 of Schedule 1

After “Secretary” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

266  Clause 11 of Schedule 1

After “Minister” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

267  Subparagraph 17(3)(c)(i) of Schedule 1

After “Secretary,”, insert “the CEO, a Deputy CEO,”.

268  Subparagraph 17(3)(c)(i) of Schedule 1

After “Department”, insert “or the EPA”.

269  Clauses 27 and 32 of Schedule 1

After “Secretary” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

270  Paragraph 38(3)(b) of Schedule 1

After “Secretary,”, insert “the CEO, a Deputy CEO,”.

271  Paragraph 38(3)(b) of Schedule 1

After “Department”, insert “or the EPA”.

272  Subclause 38(4) of Schedule 1

After “Secretary,”, insert “CEO, Deputy CEO,”.

273  Subclause 38(11) of Schedule 1 (paragraph (a) of the definition of senior authorising officer )

After “Secretary”, insert “or CEO”.

274  Subclause 38(11) of Schedule 1 (paragraph (b) of the definition of senior authorising officer )

After “Secretary”, insert “, the CEO, a Deputy CEO”.

275  Subclause 38(11) of Schedule 1 (at the end of paragraph (b) of the definition of senior authorising officer )

Add “or the EPA”.

276  Clauses 41 to 54 of Schedule 1

After “Secretary” (wherever occurring), insert “or CEO”.

Water Act 2007

277  Paragraph 137(c)

Omit “Minister”, substitute “Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority”.

Part 3 Transitional provisions

278  Transitional rules

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make rules prescribing matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) relating to the amendments or repeals made by this Act.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the rules may not do the following:

                     (a)  create an offence or civil penalty;

                     (b)  provide powers of:

                              (i)  arrest or detention; or

                             (ii)  entry, search or seizure;

                     (c)  impose a tax;

                     (d)  set an amount to be appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund under an appropriation in this Act or an Act amended by this Act;

                     (e)  directly amend the text of this Act or an Act amended by this Act.