Climate Change Review

wind-turbines17The Federal Government has released a discussion paper as part of the 2017 review of climate change policies. The discussion paper follows the Government’s commitment to review its climate change policies when it set Australia’s target to reduce emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Comments on the Discussion Paper can be made until 5 May 2017Read more and have your say.


Local Government Act review

Tasmania-logoA draft Bill to amend the Local Government Act 1993 has been released for public comment.  The review proposes changes to the functions of mayors, councillors, general managers and the Director of Local Government, introduces new procedures for the Local Government Board and Board of Inquiry, and clarifies election requirements.

Comments on the draft Bill can be made until 5 May 2017Read more and have your say.



Tasmanian Planning Policies Bill

sc24The Planning Reform Unit has released a draft Bill to introduce a new planning instrument, to be known as Tasmanian Planning Policies.  These Policies are designed to provide strategic guidance on statewide planning issues, to inform the 5-year reviews of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, and to assist in the development of regional strategies.

A draft suite of Tasmanian Planning Policies has also been released, including Economic Development, Settlement & Liveable Communities, Cultural & Natural Heritage, Hazards & Risks, and Transport & Infrastructure policies.

Comments on the Bill can be made until 15 May 2017Read more and have your say.


Draft Biosecurity Bill 2017

Tasmania-logoDPIPWE has released a draft Biosecurity Bill 2017 for public consultation.  The Bill seeks to bring replace a range of existing laws affecting biosecurity with a single piece of framework legislation dealing with pests, weeds, disease and other biosecurity threats.

Comments on the draft Bill can be made until 2 June 2017. Read more and have your say.



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).