Independent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consultation

Have your say on the future of environmental regulation in Queensland

Consultation is under way 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 Queensland.

An EPA is an organisation responsible for environmental protection and regulation.

In Australia and around the world, there are different models for environmental regulators. One of the key elements of any model is to what level they are designed to ensure objectivity and integrity in decision-making – their level of independence.

The role of Queensland’s environmental regulator is currently undertaken by the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science (DES).

In this role, DES manages and monitors environmental risk through a range of assessment, compliance, investigation and enforcement activities. To ensure compliance with legislation, the department monitors compliance, rewards good performers, conducts educational programs and responds to breaches with enforcement action.

Contemporary, best-practice regulation is constantly evolving and it is critical for both current and future generations that the State’s environmental regulator is positioned to deliver long-term, sustainable outcomes that meet community and industry expectations.

Community consultation

There are different levels of interest, knowledge, opinions and ideas among Queenslanders and our State’s environmental experts.

Consultation activities have been designed for these different groups.

Queenslanders can have their say about the future of environmental regulation in Queensland by completing a short survey. A community summary publication is also available to help interested people understand more about environmental regulation and the role of independence.

The community survey is available at the In the Loop engagement platform. The survey has nine questions and takes about five minutes to complete. Consultation closes Sunday 6 February 2022.

Complete the survey

The community summary publication (PDF, 799.2KB) is available here.

Stakeholder consultation

The community survey and summary are part of a broader program of consultation and engagement being coordinated by DES between November 2021 and March 2022.

Targeted consultation activities are also occurring with key Queensland industry, environmental and community stakeholders.

Research and modelling are under way, investigating best-practice approaches both nationally and internationally, for comparison to how environmental regulation currently occurs in Queensland.

The possible models, our current state analysis and other key discussion themes will form the basis of targeted consultation in early 2022.

The combined outcomes from the investigation, financial modelling and all consultation activities will inform advice back to the Queensland Government for consideration.

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Help spread the word about the community consultation. If you or your organisation would like to raise awareness about the community consultation, download our amplifier kit and resources.

It contains a suite of materials for promotion across channels such as e-newsletters, websites and social media. It also includes links to our key social media platforms, where you can like, share and engage with our promotion of the consultation.

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