Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has welcomed the announcement of a stand-alone Environment Protection Authority and the government's commitment to an Environmental Reporting Act.
Dr Wright says structuring the new authority to be independent is a sensible move.
"I'm pleased to see the EPA will be a stand-alone entity as that will ensure its work is not only independent but that it is seen to be independent.Â
"I'm also encouraged to see that the new EPA will have a high level of technical capability.
"While today's announcement is a good start I will be watching the development of the legislation closely and I will be providing a submission on it when it reaches select committee."