The Environmental Defenders Office Ltd (EDO) has extensive experience across Australia in providing legal advice on how the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) currently works and on how it could be reformed to more effectively clarify national leadership, strengthen and coordinate processes, and deliver environmental outcomes.

We welcome the opportunity to provide comment on the EPBC Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020 (the Bill), but advise that the Bill warrants greater scrutiny than a 10 day inquiry process, and must be considered in the context of the broader reforms currently being developed as part of the independent statutory review process (the Review).