Tasmania’s National Environment Protection Council Act 1995 (NEPCA) mirrors corresponding legislation made by the Commonwealth and other States and Territories. This legislation collectively provides the basic framework for the development of national environmental standards in Australia.
NEPCA came into effect on 29 November 1995.
The Act is available online at the Tasmanian Legislation website.
Provisions of NEPCA include:
Background and Review
NEPC and the NEPC Acts were an outcome of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment, which was made at a Special Premiers Conference in October 1990 and which came into effect in May 1992. Tasmania’s NEPCA was made and came into effect in 1995.
The Commonwealth NEPC Act was reviewed in 2001 and the review report was tabled in both Houses of the Tasmanian Parliament. In accordance with the review report’s recommendations the Commonwealth Act and Tasmania’s NEPCA were amended in 2003. The amendments introduced provision for minor variations to NEPMs, provision for five-yearly reviews of the Commonwealth, State and Territory NEPC Acts and expanded the role of the NEPC Service Corporation.
There were further reviews undertaken in 2007 and 2012, and a fourth review in 2019 is currently underway. Reports on previous reviews can be found on the NEPC website, and details on the fourth review will be available later in 2019.