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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021

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2019-2020-2021

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 6, page 5 (line 6), omit “may”, substitute “must”.

[Minister must make standards]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 6, page 5 (line 13), omit “may”, substitute “must”.

[Minister must make standards]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 6, page 5 (after line 16), after subsection 65C(1), insert:

          (1A)  Without limiting subsection (1), the standards made under that subsection must include national standards for each of the following:

                     (a)  matters of national environmental significance;

                     (b)  transparent processes and robust decisions, including:

                              (i)  judicial review; and

                             (ii)  community consultation; and

                            (iii)  adequate assessment of impacts on matters of national environmental significance, including climate impacts; and

                            (iv)  emissions-profile disclosure; and

                             (v)  regional planning;

                     (c)  Indigenous engagement and involvement in environmental decision-making;

                     (d)  compliance and enforcement;

                     (e)  data and information;

                      (f)  environmental monitoring and evaluation of outcomes;

                     (g)  environmental restoration, including offsets;

                     (h)  wildlife permits and trade.

          (1B)  The Minister must take all reasonable steps to ensure that national environmental standards are in force, and comply with subsection (1A), at all times.

[what standards must include]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 6, page 8 (lines 12 and 13), omit “, being a decision or thing that is determined in an instrument under subsection (4),”.

[decisions to which standards apply]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 6, page 8 (line 27) to page 9 (line 7), omit subsections 65H(4) to (6).

[decisions to which standards apply]

(6)     Schedule 1, item 6, page 8 (lines 15 to 26), omit subsections 65H(2) and (3), substitute:

             (2)  In considering whether the decision or thing is not inconsistent with a national environmental standard, the person must:

                     (a)  apply the standard directly to the particular decision or thing; and

                     (b)  be able to demonstrate that the person has applied the standard in that way.

[how to apply standards]

(7)     Schedule 1, item 6, page 9 (lines 8 to 22), omit subsections 65H(7) to (9), substitute:

Exception—national interest

             (7)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine that subsection (1) does not apply to the making of a decision, or the doing of a thing, if he or she is satisfied that exempting the decision or thing from subsection (1) is necessary in the interests of:

                     (a)  Australia’s defence or national security; or

                     (b)  preventing or dealing with (including mitigating the effects of) a national emergency.

[exception]

(8)     Schedule 1, item 8, page 10 (line 21), omit “and subsection 65H(5)”.

[decisions to which standards apply]