The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and supporting organisations1 welcome the opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft EPBC Act Cost Recovery Impact Statement. The MCA recognises the Australian Government’s commitment to engaging with the minerals industry, among other stakeholders, in the development of key policies under the EPBC Reform agenda.

As you are aware, the MCA represents over 85% of minerals production in Australia. The MCA’s strategic objective is to advocate public policy and operational practice for a world class industry that is safe, profitable, innovative, environmentally responsible and attuned to community needs and expectations.

The MCA supports the proposed reform agenda for the EPBC Act. It is recognised that further resources are required in order to implement the reforms and cost recovery has been provided as an option to achieve these aims.

It should be highlighted that the MCA does not support cost recovery to fund the Commonwealth in carrying out its legislative responsibilities and considers the implementation of the EPBC Act should instead be properly resourced from the Government’s existing revenue base.

The attached document provides specific feedback with respect to the Cost Recovery Impact Statement. The MCA has previously provided a submission to the Cost Recovery Consultation Paper released in September 20112, and many of the comments provided reinforce the previous position put forward.

The MCA would welcome the opportunity to discuss any the matters raised in our submission further or participate in any further consultation processes within these important reforms. Should you have any questions regarding this submission, please do not hesitate to contact Chris McCombe, Assistant Director – Environmental Policy on 02 6233 0627 who has carriage of this matter in the MCA Secretariat.

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