c. The Board’s recommendations

The Board makes recommendations to help improve the EPA’s performance and the performance of EPA-regulated industries.

New recommendations for the EPA

The Board looks forward to supporting the EPA with the implementation of the EPA Strategic Plan 2021–24 in continuing to drive towards being a world class regulator. The Board recommends:

  • Stakeholder engagement strategy: the stakeholder engagement strategy be updated to build on progress from the EPA roadshows and other proactive engagement activities.
  • Technology, data and science: the EPA reconsiders its science strategy as this presents an opportunity for the EPA to further support a world class regulator culture by integrating technology, data and science across the organisation.
  • Measures: as part of developing new measures for the Strategic Plan, the EPA benchmarks against global and Australian environmental regulators and aligns its horizon scanning and data processes to identifying trends and challenges.
  • Transparency: the EPA build on its commitment to providing up-to-date and relevant information to its stakeholders, with increased transparency around the strategic and regulatory initiatives it is progressing, including reporting on strategic risks and treatments.

The Board’s recommendations for industry

Under the EPA’s Strategic Plan 2021–24, the Board is keen to see industry being proactive in driving better environmental performance individually, as an industry or as a partner of the EPA, for businesses large and small. It includes the key focus areas: water, climate change, ecologically sustainable development, contaminants and waste.

For 2021–22, the Board’s recommendations for industry are:

  • Partner with the EPA, community and other agencies to actively support greenhouse-gas emission reductions, to plan for managing and adapting to climate-change risks and to innovate around markets for recyclables.
  • Embrace strong levels of governance, and leave no room for enterprises flouting compliance requirements.
  • Engage with the EPA to streamline regulatory frameworks that apply to the sector, while preserving the intent of the regulation to reduce the regulatory impact.
  • Actively work with the EPA to develop industry profiles that illustrate the performance of industry in mitigating risks or harm to the environment and human health, and to take steps to increase emergency preparedness.
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