Sustainability > Legislation

Energy ministers support stronger building energy standards

07 February, 2019 by Lauren Davis

The COAG Energy Council has agreed to a national plan that sets a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings for Australia.


New National Waste Policy to be based on circular economy

10 December, 2018

Australia's Environment Ministers have set a new unified direction for waste and recycling, agreeing to a National Waste Policy based on the principles of a circular economy.


WMAA asks Price to step up on circular economy

29 November, 2018

The Waste Management Association of Australia calls on the government to introduce policies to incentivise the use of recycled material in Australia.


Get the lowdown on Labor's new energy policy

23 November, 2018 by Lauren Davis

The policy is based around boosting renewables and household batteries — as well as resurrecting the National Energy Guarantee.


WMAA addresses committee on Qld waste levy

04 October, 2018

WMAA CEO Gayle Sloan represented industry in a public hearing on Queensland's Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.


National Energy Guarantee endorsed by Coalition

14 August, 2018 by Lauren Davis

The Coalition party room has approved Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's plan for a National Energy Guarantee, following a debate that lasted almost two and a half hours.


State support not yet secured for National Energy Guarantee

10 August, 2018 by Lauren Davis

State and territory governments have called for more detailed legislation with more conditions before they agree to the proposed National Energy Guarantee.


Victorian Govt announces plastic bag ban, recycling plan

03 July, 2018

The Victorian Government will ban single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags from late 2019 in an effort to help protect the environment from plastic pollution.


Queensland's new waste strategy brings back landfill levy

21 March, 2018

The strategy follows an investigation into the transfer of interstate waste into Queensland, and the release of a final report based on this investigation.


Queensland passes plastic bag ban, cash for containers scheme

06 September, 2017 by Lauren Davis

Queensland's parliament has officially passed the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017, which introduces both a container refund scheme and a ban on single-use plastic bags.


Energy security a focus in 2017 Budget — but is it enough?

11 May, 2017 by Lauren Davis

Australia's energy sector has been left somewhat underwhelmed following Tuesday night's Budget announcement.


Victorian govt surplus propped up by landfill levy, claims ACOR

08 May, 2017

The Australian Council of Recycling has stated its disappointment after learning that a large percentage of the Victorian Government's surplus for 2016–17 will come from the state's landfill levy.


Disclose your climate risks — or risk legal action

11 November, 2016

Senior business leaders, fund managers, legal experts and regulators met in Melbourne last month to consider a new legal opinion on how corporate law requires company directors to consider and respond to climate-related risks to their business.


ACT crowned the renewables capital of Australia

08 September, 2016

A new report from the Climate Council describes the ACT as the renewables capital of Australia, with the territory's recently implemented renewable energy policies resulting in the country's lowest electricity prices and the creation of more than 1000 jobs.


$33 million to improve Victoria's energy efficiency

22 August, 2016

The Victorian Government will reboot the Greener Government Buildings Program, which was removed in 2013, with a $33 million investment over the next two years.


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