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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

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Department of the Environment and Heritage Annual Report 2002-03

Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
ISSN 1441 9335

Operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (continued)

Appendix 4. Compliance with timeframes in the Act

The Act contains specific timeframes within which decisions must be made. Sub-section 518(2) of the Act states:

(2) If, during a financial year, one or more things required to be done under this Act or the Regulations was not done within the period required by this Act or the Regulations, the Minister must:

(a) cause to be prepared a statement setting out the reasons why each of those things was not done within the period required by this Act or the Regulations; and

(b) cause a copy of the statement to be laid before each House of the Parliament as soon as practicable after the end of the financial year.

Things that were not done within the period required by the Act or Regulations are identified below. The reasons are provided in the body of this report.

Table 16. Compliance with timeframes
Section of the Act
Page references
Sub-section 75(5) - Decision by Minister on whether proposed action needs approval
Sub-section 77(4) - Minister providing reasons for the decision
Section 88 - Decision by Minister on assessment approach
Sub-section 95(1) - Preparation of assessment report by Secretary
Sub-section 97(1) - Preparation of guidelines for draft public environment report by Minister
Sub-section 102(1) - Preparation of guidelines for draft environmental impact statement by Minister
Sub-section 130(1) - Decision by Minister on approval
Section 170A - Publication by Secretary of information relating to assessments
190, 196
Sub-section 189(15) - Decision by Minister on whether to amend the list of threatened species, ecological communities or key threatening processes