Significant reforms to protect environment and streamline assessment process

  • Changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to improve assessment and regulatory processes come into effect today
  • Start of the second of three main stages to modernise WA’s environmental protection legislation 
  • The McGowan Government is implementing the most significant reform of Western Australia’s environmental legislation in more than 30 years.

    The Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020 received Royal Assent on November 19, 2020 and is being introduced in three main stages.

    The second stage was completed today with the proclamation of some important changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

    These changes streamline the environmental impact assessment process and improve the pathway for regulation of native vegetation. 

    The changes also facilitate the implementation of bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth for environmental impact assessment and clearing of native vegetation.

    Supporting regulations, guidance and procedures have been developed in consultation with stakeholders.

    The third stage of this reform will include amendments to implement the new ‘prescribed activity’ licensing regime, allow for the implementation of environmental monitoring programmes and provide for the management of offset funds.

    More information about the Environmental Protection Act amendments is available online: https://www.wa.gov.au/service/environment/business-and-community-assistance/amendments-the-environmental-protection-act-1986

     

    As stated by Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:

    “The McGowan Government is working with industry and the community to implement the most significant improvements to Western Australia’s environmental protection legislation in more than 30 years.

    “The changes that come into effect today streamline and improve the efficiency of regulatory processes, supporting sustainable development while ensuring protection of our precious environment for the benefit of future generations of Western Australians.”

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