Responding to government proposals
The Australian and NSW governments regularly invite input from the community on proposed changes to environmental laws.
- To participate in the five-yearly review of NSW’s three Regional Forest Agreements, visit the EPA website. Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) are agreements made between the NSW and Australian governments for specific regions of the country NSW. RFAs set out, amongst other things, 20-year plans identifying which forests should be reserved for conservation purposes and which are available for logging. This national approach is guided by the National Forest Policy Statement. For more information about Regional Forest Agreements, see our Fact Sheet on forestry.
- To participate in the five-yearly review of NSW Forest Agreements and Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals, visit the EPA website. NSW Forest Agreements are agreements made between the NSW Minister for the Environment and the NSW Minister for Primary Industries for specific regions of the State. Forest agreements contain provisions for ecologically sustainable forest management, sustainable timber supply, community consultation, and native title and Aboriginal land claims. Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs) can be issued to authorise forestry operations in State forests or other Crown timber lands. An IFOA is a single document which incorporates the terms of an environment protection licence, a licence to harm or kill threatened species or its habitat, and/or a licence to harm or kill a threatened species of fish or its habitat. For more information about NSW Forest Agreements and Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals, see our Fact Sheet on forestry.
- Contact your local council to comment on draft Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) – these will usually be advertised on their website. There is also a LEP tracking system on the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure website where you can track the progress of the LEP-making process. To read more about LEPs, see our Fact Sheet on LEPs and SEPPs.