About the review

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The independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) was undertaken in accordance with section 522A of the EPBC Act. This section requires that a review of the Act take place before 16 July 2010, looking at the operation of the Act and the extent to which it is achieving its objects.

The review was conducted according to the terms of reference.

The review was undertaken by Dr Allan Hawke supported by a panel of experts.

About the reviewer

Dr Allan Hawke has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Australian National University.

He worked in the Commonwealth Public Service from 1974 to February 2006, which included appointments as Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Department of Transport and Regional Services and the Department of Defence. He also served as High Commissioner to New Zealand.

Dr Hawke has participated in major inquiries into the Public Service including the Review of Commonwealth Functions, the Review of Commonwealth Administration and the Efficiency Scrutiny Unit. He was also Head of the Secretariat for the Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and a foundation member of the Management Improvement Advisory Committee.

Dr Hawke has served on various boards including the Management Advisory Board, Administrative Review Council, Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council, Foreign Affairs Council and the Defence and National Security Advisory Council.

Dr Hawke was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration in 1998 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service. In 2001 he was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. The Australian Financial Review's "Boss" Magazine, named him as one of Australia's Top 30 True Leaders in its inaugural list in 2001.

Secretariat for the review

The Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts provided secretariat support to the review.