The head of the independent review into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and farmers, Dr Wendy Craik, has called for submissions from Australian farmers and other stakeholders on how national environment law affects them.
The short-term targeted review to reduce red-tape and find practical ways to help farmers meet the requirements of the Act was announced in March this year.
Dr Craik said, “Farmers are important stewards of our land and possess local understanding of their environment, including the specific trees, grasslands and species found there.
“However, feedback suggests many landholders are not always clear on the obligations that some proposed agricultural activities carry under the EPBC Act.
“To address this, an independent review is looking for farmers’ views to help the Australian Government streamline and improve the way it regulates and communicates landholder responsibilities under the Act.
Dr Craik said the review is specifically seeking to gather the views of farmers, industry groups and other stakeholders to better understand how the Act interacts with the agriculture sector, and to seek ways to improve regulation and help landholders meet the Act’s requirements.
She said she was particularly interested in views on environmental referrals, assessment and approvals under the EPBC Act, and the listing and delisting process for threatened species and ecological communities.
Submissions are due by Friday 15 June 2018.
More information is here http://www.environment.gov.au/epbc/information-for/farmers/agriculture-review