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Queensland starts process into independent EPA

Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government has begun public consultation on the establishment of an independent environmental regulator in Queensland. It was part of the government’s election commitment when it was reelected in 2020.

Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the launch of public consultation into the formation of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was an important election commitment.

“We made an election commitment to investigate and consult on the establishment of an independent Environmental Protection Agency to protect our environment, provide greater investment certainty, and support economic recovery,” Minister Scanlon said. “Queensland is the only state in Australia without an external independent Environmental Protection Agency.

“We want to hear from Queenslanders about what they think when it comes to an environmental protection agency.

“The survey is quick and easy and open to all Queenslanders who have a view on environmental protection. Submissions will be used to inform future decisions around a potential independent EPA.

“The survey has eight questions and takes around five minutes to complete and will close in February 2022.”

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The survey and summary form part of a broader program of consultation the Department is conducting between November and March.

“Targeted consultation activities are occurring with key Queensland industry, environmental and community stakeholders,” Minister Scanlon said.

“Research and modelling are underway, investigating best-practice approaches both nationally and internationally.”

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.

Further information on the proposal for an independent EPA for Queensland, including links to the survey, is available at