WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL
REGULATION — REGULATORY FEES AND FINES
486. Hon TJORN SIBMA to the minister representing the
Minister for Environment:
I refer to the ''Net
Appropriation Determination'' table for the Department of Water and
Environmental Regulation at page 705 of budget paper No 2, volume 2. What
accounts for the large increase in anticipated income from regulatory fees and
fines, growing from an estimated actual of $31.4 million in the 2021–22
financial year to $45 million in the 2023–24 out year?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by
the Minister for Environment.
The increase is mainly due to
additional revenue generated from —
(a) new fees and charges for the environmental impact
assessment process under part IV of the Environmental Protection (Cost
Recovery) Regulations 2021; and
(b) a change in the way in which industry is regulated
under part V of the Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020.