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The EPA’s role and performance in assessing hazardous substances

Sapere was asked by the EPA to conduct a high-level assessment of the EPA’s role and functions under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (the HSNO Act). This assessment was supplementary to the EPA’s Briefing to the Incoming Minister, given the change of government in 2023.

The report consists of a benchmarking exercise of the EPA’s hazardous substances assessment processes against overseas comparators, and an articulation of the context and issues that impact on the EPA’s ability to deliver on its functions, powers, and duties under the HSNO Act.

To read the BIM go to the EPA website: The Environmental Protection Authority’s assessment and reassessment functions under the HSNO Act – Supplementary briefing to incoming Minister