Recycle-symbol-smallWaste and recycling industry in Australia

The Senate Environment Committee is conducting an inquiry into the waste and recycling industry in Australia, including issues related to landfill, markets for recycled waste and the role of the Australian Government in providing a coherent approach to the management of solid waste.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 20 October 2017Read more and have your say.


Threatened Species Management Funding – Audit

Devil photoThe Australian National Audit Office is conducting a performance audit of funding models for the design and delivery of Federal threatened species management projects.

Submissions to the audit can be made until 23 October 2017Read more and have your say.


Amendments to Abalone Plan

abaloneProposed changes to the management of Tasmania’s abalone fishery, to be effected through new Fisheries (Abalone) Rules 2017 have been released for comment. Proposed changes include:

  • changes to commercial abalone size limits and boundaries;  and
  • tightening of receipt requirements and on-water possession limits for non-licensed fishers.

Comments on the proposed amendments, or any other aspects of the current management arrangements, can be made until 23 Oct 2017.  Read more and have your say.



Tourism Strategies

Tasmania-logoThe Tasmanian Government has released two documents regarding options to grow new sectors of the tourism industry:

Feedback on the Draft Agri-tourism ​​​​​Strategy can be made here.  Comments on the Heritage Tourism paper can be made until 31 March 2018Read 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).