GES Seminar Series: Inter-jurisdictional Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Australia (Ruth Lane, Gavid Mudd, and Wayne Gumley)

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Date(s) - 28 Aug 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lecture Theatre L3

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Come join us for the GES Seminar Series.  
Title:  “Inter-jurisdictional Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Australia: Is a ‘one stop shop’ possible and is it desirable?”
Authors:  Dr Ruth Lane (GES); Dr Gavin Mudd (Civil Eng) and Wayne Gumley (Business Law & Taxation)
In the light of recent moves by the Australian Government to devolve project-based environmental impact assessments (EIAs) in Australia to State governments, it is important to review the broader issues and principles underlying streamlining or harmonisation of inter-jurisdictional EIA regimes. We briefly outline key themes from the literature on the strengths and weaknesses of EIA processes for minimising the impacts of major developments and consider the inter-jurisdictional models developed in Canada and the European Union. These perspectives then inform a critique of the Australian EIA regime and discussion of the main issues that currently impact on the efficiency and transparency of EIA processes in Australia. We conclude by identifying specific issues that need to be addressed in any new ‘one-stop shop’ EIA regime in Australia, linking the need for better information management with that of public transparency of the EIA process.