The Minister for the Environment has signed an agreement to progress a strategic assessment of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters under the national environmental law. The strategic assessment is expected to deliver regulatory efficiencies whilst maintaining the highest environmental standards.
Australia has become one of 92 signatory countries to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, signed in Japan on 10 October 2013. The international initiative aims to protect human health and the environment from releases of mercury and mercury compounds.
The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report was released 27 September 2013. The report provides a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge on climate change.
The Department is seeking input on varying the Threat Abatement Plan 2006 for the incidental catch (or bycatch) of seabirds during oceanic longline fishing operations. Comments close 31 October 2013.
On 11 April 2013, the International Court of Justice announced its decision that oral hearings in the case will run for three weeks, from 26 June until 16 July 2013.
Television and Computer Recycling Scheme services are now available across the country for householders and small businesses to drop off their unwanted TVs and computer products to be recycled, free of charge.
The National Sustainability Council has used the launch of its first public report to challenge Australians from all walks of life to become involved in a national conversation about the kind of Australia we want for ourselves and future generations.