We must ensure that independent reviews of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) are undertaken at least every 10 years. This helps us to check how effective the Act is at protecting our environment and heritage. Learn why we arrange these reviews, and read about previous independent reviews.
Why we review the EPBC Act
The EPBC Act requires an independent review at least every 10 years.
This enables a regular check of:
- how the EPBC Act is operating
- how effectively it's meeting objectives to protect our environment and heritage.
We can also hold more targeted reviews when required.
Second independent review (the ‘Samuel Review’)
The second independent review of the EPBC Act began on 29 October 2019.
Professor Graeme Samuel AC led this review. The Environment minister received the report on 30 October 2020, and it's now publicly available.
Read the Samuel Review final report.
A staged approach to reforming the EPBC Act is underway, following the Samuel Review.
Targeted agriculture sector review (the 'Craik Review')
An independent review of how the EPBC Act works with the agriculture sector began in March 2018.
Dr Wendy Craik led this review, and the Australian Government published her report on 27 June 2019.
The review was set up to:
- examine how the EPBC Act interacts with the agriculture and food production sector
- find practical ways to support this sector while maintaining environmental standards.
The recommendations from the Craik Review also informed the Samuel Review.
Read the Craik Review final report.
First independent review (the ‘Hawke Review’)
The first independent review of the EPBC Act began on 31 October 2008.
Dr Allan Hawke led this review. The Australian Government released the review to the public on 21 December 2009.
Other targeted reviews
For information on other targeted reviews, see:
Get in touch
For more information about independent EPBC Act reviews, please contact:
- online enquiry form
- phone 1800 803 772 or +61 2 6274 1111 between 9 am and 4 pm AEST/AEDT.