Ports Australia is pleased to provide comments on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to Professor Graeme Samuel AC, independent reviewer of the EPBC Act and the related Expert Panel. Ports Australia acknowledges the significant role of the EPBC Act in the protection and management of the Australian environment and of this review to examine the operation of the EPBC Act and the extent to which the EPBC Act is achieving its objects.
Ports Australia is the peak industry body representing port authorities and corporations, both publicly and privately owned, at the national level. Ports Australia is governed by a Board of Directors comprising the Chief Executive Officers of 14 port corporations from across Australia.
This submission seeks to assist the review by providing a national perspective from ports in Australia on the EPBC Act, and accordingly Ports Australia Member feedback has been incorporated into this paper. It should be noted that responses have only been provided to questions that are particularly pertinent to ports.