The Environmental Protection (Greentape Reduction) and other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (Qld) was assented to on 14 August 2012. The Act took effect on 31 March 2013 and amends the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld). The Act introduces an integrated approval process for all environmentally relevant activities, which now include resource activities like geothermal exploration, greenhouse gas storage, mining, and petroleum exploration. The requirements allow for an approval process proportionate to the environmental risk.
Amendments to the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 (Qld) have also been approved and commenced on 31 March 2013. The amendments introduce new application fees and change the requirements for making environmental decisions and assessing applications for environmental authorities.