This lecture examines the major concepts and offence provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EPA), which is a central component of environmental regulation in Queensland, Australia.
It was delivered as part of a course on environmental regulation at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, in April 2014.
In summary, the take-home points made in this lecture are:
- The EPA is an advanced piece of environmental protection legislation that is a central component of Queensland’s environmental regulatory system.
- “Pollution” is not a concept that is generally used in Queensland.
- Environmental harm is wider than “pollution”.
- The EPA provides many tools for environmental planning and management, including links to the IDAS system for environmentally relevant activities (ERAs).