Panel of Experts on Environmental Law


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The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law will develop recommendations for a new generation of federal environmental legislation. The new legislation will reflect international best practice and ensure effective and efficient protection and management of Australia’s environment.

Australia deserves a robust and integrated system of national environment laws. We need to protect our healthy natural ecosystems for future generations.

The inaugural meeting of the Expert Panel was held in November 2014. The Panel will deliver its findings in mid-2016.

“We need a ‘next generation’ suite of environmental legislation that embraces emerging trends in environmental management, reflects international best practice and provides for a coordinated and effective approach to environmental regulation across the Australian continent.”

Adjunct Professor Rob Fowler, convenor of the Panel of Experts on Environmental Law.

The Panel will address the following issues:

Current Federal environmental law: an assessment of the coverage and effectiveness of current federal environmental legislation.

Role of the Federal government: Identifying the appropriate role and level of involvement for the federal government in environmental matters, including by taking into account approaches and experiences of other Federal systems including the USA, Canada and EU.

Collaborative approaches: identifying the opportunities for cooperative approaches to environmental matters to be pursued by the federal government with the states and territories.

Administrative architecture: Consideration of the design of appropriate institutional and administrative architecture for new federal environmental governance for Australia.

New Legislative Frameworks: Designing the components of a ‘state of the art’ omnibus law (or package of laws) at the federal level intended to supersede the EPBC Act and other identified federal environmental legislation.

Best practice approaches: Best practice approaches to environmental management and administration, democratic and participatory governance, enforcement strategies and the achievement of effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of strong environmental outcomes.

Visit the The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law website