EPBC Act Review Submission Update

Thank you to Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia’s members and those in the wider community who made a submission to the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) Review.

While the total number of submissions received are yet to be released, we know for certain, submissions from our members this time around exceeded those made by the entire nation at the last review in 2009.

A number of our members reported the government’s website was struggling to cope and kept crashing in the final hours before the submission deadline last Friday.

We appreciate your efforts in helping bring climate change to the forefront of our environmental protection laws.

Late submissions are still being accepted, but act fast.  Please refer to our guide for more information and to help step you through the submission process.

With the draft report due in June and the final report expected in October 2020, we can all use this time to amplify our impact.  Send a copy of your submission to your Member of Parliament and include a clear request that your MP helps ensure your views are considered as part of the Review in the most appropriate way.  This may include encouraging your MP to forward your submission to the Federal Environment Minister, Hon Sussan Ley MP, asking her to take our submission into account when the Act and final report are debated.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia made a submission on behalf of our 3,000 plus members nation-wide.  Legal experts agree that the EPBC Act could be easily amended to address the impacts on climate change while staying well within Constitutional constraints.

In Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia’s submission to the Review, we asked for the Act to include:

  • Clear mechanisms that automatically trigger national and international responses in addressing the root causes of climate change and associated environmental threats.
  • The aggregation of ecological concerns with climate issues, requiring the Federal Government to implement all necessary controls on greenhouse gas emissions, land-clearing and other such contributors.
  • Provision for policy responses to address the actual cause (e.g. carbon pricing), as well as the repeal of policies directly or indirectly contributing to climate change and related ecological damage (e.g. fossil fuel subsidies).

For the full version of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia’s submission, click here.

To read Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia’s media release on the EPBC Act Review, click here.