Review of underground petroleum storage systems (EMPC Act)

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is undertaking a review of the the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems)​ Regulations 2010. The aim of the regulations are to prevent or limit, to the greatest extent practicable, the release of petroleum product into the environment from underground storage systems (UPSS).

A copy of the draft Regulations, along with an Explanatory Paper, are now available for comment.

Public submissions close on Friday 15 November 2019.


Single Use Plastics By-Law

The Hobart City Council (HCC) has released for comment its proposed Single-Use Plastic By-Laws and regulatory impact statement for public submissions. The HCC has several aims to restricting the use of single-use plastics including to minimise the exposure of the environment to the risks and harm and to reduce the overall quantity of plastic litter.

Public comment is open until COB Monday, 25 November 2019.

For more information on how to have your say, click here.


Tasmanian Legislative Council launch fin-fish farming inquiry

A Sessional Committee of the Tasmanian Legislative Council has commenced a new inquiry into the state’s fin fish farming industry, to report on the planning, assessment, operation and regulation of fin-fish farming in Tasmania. The review will focus on, in particular, the implementation of the Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the salmon industry and its impact on commercial fin fish farming operations and local communities, and the Application of the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995.

Public comment is open until Friday, 29 November 2019.

For more information, and how to have your say, click here.




Burnie Local Provision Schedule (LPS)

On 16 October 2019, the Tasmanian Planning Commission directed the Burnie planning authority, the Burnie City Council to publicly exhibit the draft Local Provision Schedule (LPS) for comment. The Burnie Local Provisions Schedule will guide how the State Planning Provisions will apply to the local area of Burnie.

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Pubic comment closes on COB Friday 20 December 2019.


New Recreation Zone Plan for Gordon River

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS)  is currently in the process of developing a new Recreation Zone Plan for the lower Gordon River in accordance with the 2016 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan. The review and update of the Recreation Zone Plan will take up to two years to complete.

PWS is at stage of the process and has opened public input regarding developing a background paper on the issues and options for the future management of the lower Gordon River in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

For more information on how to have your say, click here.


Review of Tasmanian State Service (TSS)

A review of the Tasmanian State Service (TSS) has commenced with the aim to ensure the TSS is “fit-for-purpose for Tasmania today and into the future”. The review will make findings and recommendations to the Premier and Treasurer for consideration.

According to the terms of reference this review will focus primarily on the governing framework of the TSS. It will identify structural, legislative and administrative improvements that will transform current structures, services and practices to deliver a more efficient and effective public service.

For more information and how to have your say, click here.


Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Review

An independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) has been commission by the Federal Environment Minister. An Expert Panel will support and provide advice to Professor Samuel on specific issues. According to the government website, over a period of 12 months, the EPBC Act will be reviewed to consider how it has been operating, and any changes needed for Australia to support ecologically sustainable development into the future.

The review will release a discussion paper before the end of November 2019 and invite formal submissions. In the interim, the review is accepting brief comments.

For more information and how to have your say, click here.



Stay up to date

To stay up to date with opportunities to comment, subscribe to the EDO Tasmania Bulletin.   You can also use these resources to gather information about current opportunities to have your say.


  • Tasmanian Government
  • Environment Protection Authority – Assessments in Progress
  • TasWater – Have your say
  • Tasmanian Planning Commission – Amendments to Planning Scheme
  • Planning Alerts – this is a free website that allows you to register to receive an email when a local government planning application is lodged near you (note:  as at January 2016, only Hobart, Launceston, Clarence, Kingborough, Huon Valley and Sorell Councils have signed up to this service – if you are in another local government area, encourage your council to register with Planning Alerts)
  • Local councils
    • check the public notices in your local paper, look for the Council logo.  All discretionary planning applications must be advertised
    • read local newsletters for information about upcoming public meetings and consultations
    • check your Council’s website (generally, in the “Public Notices” section).