Major Reforms Proposed to Australia’s National Environmental Laws – Will These Reduce “Green Tape” and Be Sufficient to Address the Current Trajectory of Environmental Decline?

    View Author May 2021

    The proposed reforms to Australia’s national environmental laws are likely to increase the effectiveness of the EPBC Act by reducing “green tape” and regulatory overlap. This will provide greater project certainty to developers and proponents in terms of approval timeframes in the long term. However, there are still significant questions surrounding how the National Environmental Standards will be implemented and if the reforms will address Australia’s current trajectory of environmental decline.