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Auditing and Compliance
Accredited in-house auditors covering all applicable state and territory auditor schemes.
Hygiene and Hazardous Materials
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Due Diligence and Liability
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Administration of the EPBC Act

Administration of the EPBC Act


Introduced over 20 years ago, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) was designed as Australia’s primary national environmental legislation to provide an effective framework for the administration of referrals, assessments and approvals; whilst reducing impacts on the environment. 

A recent independent performance audit was undertaken to assess the effectiveness of the administration of the EPBC Act.

Conducted by the Auditor-General, the Report No 47 2019-20 Referrals, Assessment and Approvals of Controlled Actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 identified a number of key factors relating to the administration of the EPBC Act. 

Eight recommendations were also made by the Auditor-General for implementation.

In light of the findings and recommendations, we believe a harder line approach to compliance against EPBC Act conditions, including pre-commencement conditions for approvals of plans or other documents will be enforced.

Nationally, our strong networks within Government and departmental agencies, knowledge of EPBC Act requirements and procedures, and track record of performing external audits to inform annual reporting commitments for EPBC Act approvals ensures our team remains well placed to continue to guide your projects to achieve successful outcomes. 

If you would like further detailed information relating to the audit findings, the EPBC Act or how our customised compliance risk management solution will be of assistance, please reach out to your local team member who will be readily available to assist.