Cost Recovery –- Strategic Assessments Cost Recovery Q&A

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012

Is cost recovery for strategic assessments proposed?

Yes. The Government has determined that cost recovery for some strategic assessments should be pursued on a case by case basis. In cases where cost recovery is deemed to be appropriate, relevant fees and charges will be determined in consultation with the proponent.

Which strategic assessments will be subject to cost recovery?

The Government has determined that some strategic assessments should be subject to cost recovery in cases where there is an identifiable proponent and where the assessment provides a clear private benefit.

Strategic assessments that provide benefits to the general public and community will continue to be funded by Government.

When will cost recovery for strategic assessments be introduced?

Cost recovery for strategic assessments cannot take effect until the passage of amending legislation and new regulations are made. The EPBC Act Amendment Bill has yet to be introduced into Parliament. Timing for the introduction of the Bill is a matter for Government.

Will cost recovery apply to existing strategic assessments?

No, existing strategic assessments will not be subject to cost recovery.

Any new strategic assessments that start before cost recovery arrangements commence will not be subject to fees and charges.

Will strategic assessments of fisheries be subject to cost recovery?

No. Strategic assessments of fisheries have been determined by Government as not appropriate for cost recovery as there is no clearly identifiable beneficiary of the activity to establish an effective charging arrangement.

Who can I contact if I have some additional questions about cost recovered strategic assessments?

If you have any additional questions, please call the Departmental Community Information Unit on 1800 803 772 or email your query to the Cost Recovery Mailbox at: epbc.costrecovery@environment.gov.au