Inquiry Into Streamlining Environmental Regulation, ‘Green Tape’, and One-Stop-Shops

Joint submission by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, the Business Council of Australia and the Minerals Council of Australia

April 2014

This is a joint submission by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, the Business Council of Australia and the Minerals Council of Australia to the House of Representatives inquiry into streaming environment regulation, ‘green tape’ and one-stop-shops.

We are making this submission because we think that there does not need to be a trade-off between environmental outcomes and economic growth and industry development. Sensible reforms to current legislative and regulatory arrangements can reduce the regulatory burden while delivering equivalent or enhanced levels of environmental protection. Reforms need to occur at every level of government.

Since 1959, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has been the peak national body representing the upstream oil and gas exploration and production industry. APPEA has more than 85 member companies that explore for and produce Australia’s oil and gas. In addition, APPEA’s more than 270 associate member companies provide a wide range of goods and services to the industry

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) brings together the chief executives of more than 100 of Australia’s leading companies, whose vision is for Australia to be the best place in the world in which to live, learn, work and do business.

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) represents over 85 per cent 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.

Over a number of years our organisations have published reports and provided submissions to numerous Senate and parliamentary inquiries into environmental regulation that demonstrate the inefficiencies and duplication inherent in how governments seek to regulate the environment.

This submission highlights the key issues around environmental regulatory reform of which we think the inquiry should be cognisant in forming its recommendations. While strongly supporting the Australian Government’s leadership in establishing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for environmental approvals, it also highlights other areas that we consider warrant urgent attention and reform.

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