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ENVIRONMENT & PLANNING
NATIONAL REVIEW 2016

ENVIRONMENT & PLANNING
NATIONAL REVIEW 2016

Complying with environmental law remains challenging, with separate regimes in each State and Territory, and the Commonwealth. The last few years have seen attempts to streamline the Commonwealth/State approach via bilaterals, but the different regimes between jurisdictions look like remaining a basic fact of life for the near future at least. And with environmental and planning law being a very dynamic area, that means there’s always a lot of legislative change to contend with.

Some of the highlights in this year’s review are the significant changes to NSW mining law, (another) seismic shift or two in Queensland, and the Northern Territory beginning its reform process. But that doesn’t mean other States and Territories have been quiet. Regulators have been flexing their muscles, and community groups have been identifying new issues and concerns, which can (and do) get translated into new policy and regulation ‒ witness the rise of CSG activism, and Queensland’s extended legal responsibility laws.