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This chapter explores environmental law in Tasmania, provides information on the Environmental Defenders’ Office (EDO) and industry codes of practice as well as explaining the environmental and planning framework and management of pollution law. In addition, information on assessing environmental impacts and local government issues (rates).

Introduction to Environmental Law

Resources The central resource for information on environmental law is the EDO Handbook, which comes out of the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO). EDO also publishes a resource for litigants seeking to go the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal without legal representation cal...

Tasmania’s Environmental and Planning Law Framework

The Resource Management and Planning System (RMPS) is an integrated approach to development assessment and environmental planning in Tasmania. The RMPS is underpinned by the following objectives: To promote the sustainable development of natural and physical resources and the maintenance ...

Development Control – Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993

The major legislation relating to the regulation and control of development in Tasmania is the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA). LUPAA establishes a system of planning schemes that provide a framework for regulating the use and development of land, and some resources, within local...

The Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA)

The Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA) is part of the integrated development assessment process and addresses the environmental harm associated with development activities. EMPCA provides for a variety of management tools to prevent, remediate and mitigate environment...

Environmental Management Tools under the EMPCA

A major component of EMPCA is a variety of management tools for the prevention and/or reduction of environmental harm. Other than environmental impact assessment, there are a number of management and enforcement options available to regulate activities that cause environmental harm, including: ...

Assessing Environmental Impacts

Under the EMPCA, development activities are classified according to three levels, depending on the environmental risk presented by the activity. The assessment process for each level varies, and is outlined below. An excellent resource is also available on the EPA website, detailing the EIA proce...

Industry Codes of Practice

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Local Government Issues – Rates

General The major source of revenue for local government is the rating system. Rates are levied on almost all privately owned land and buildings in the State. In effect, all land and buildings are rateable, unless coming within the prescribed exceptions named in section 87 of the Local Governmen...

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