National Partnership Agreement on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development Clause 21 report

Department of the Environment, 2014

About the report

This report has been jointly prepared by the Parties to the National Partnership Agreement on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (the Agreement).

The Agreement between the Commonwealth and Queensland, New South Wales, South Australian and Victorian Governments was established in 2012. The Agreement aims to strengthen the regulation of coal seam gas and large coal mining development by ensuring that decisions are informed by substantially improved science and independent expert advice.

The Commonwealth established the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (the IESC) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in November 2012. The Agreement provides for the Commonwealth and signatory states to the Agreement to seek advice from the IESC at appropriate stages of the approvals process for coal seam gas or large coal mining development proposals that are likely to have a significant impact on water resources, and on which the Party is intending to make a regulatory decision.