20 January 2022
Have your say on the future of environmental regulation in Queensland
Consultation is underway about the possible establishment of an independent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Queensland. The consultation seeks to understand the views and needs of the community and stakeholders about the future of environmental regulation in the state.
Queensland is the only Australian state without an external, independent EPA.
Wildlife Queensland would welcome an independent EPA, and we have seized the opportunity to respond to the survey and make the following comment:
- An independent EPA must be a statutory body and be at arm’s length from government, free from any political interference.
- The EPA must ensure objectivity and maintain and enforce standards. Clear objectives, functions, governance and decision-making principles must be defined.
- The EPA must be provided with a full set of options in the statutory toolkit to facilitate enforcement and compliance. Adequate penalties for infringements and offences must be enshrined in legislation.
- The establishment of an independent EPA should in no way negate third-party rights to instigate civil proceedings or seek court orders to remedy breaches of Acts and regulations.
Wildlife Queensland urges you to Have Your Say and inform the government of your views by completing the 5-minute survey. The consultation period closes on Sunday 6 February 2022.
Complete the survey here www.qld.gov.au/epaconsultation