About NT EPA
The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) is an independent authority established under the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority Act 2012 . The NT EPA consists of between four and seven members appointed by the Administrator of the Northern Territory and the Chair of the NT Planning Commission. Appointed members to the NT EPA are required to collectively provide knowledge and experience in a broad range of environmental, scientific, business and social disciplines.
There are currently eight members of the NT EPA. More information on the members of the NT EPA can be found on the members page.
The NT EPA provides advice on the environmental impacts of development proposals and advice and regulatory services to encourage effective waste management, pollution control and sustainable practices.
The objectives of the NT EPA are to:
- promote ecologically sustainable development;
- protect the environment, having regard to the need to enable ecologically sustainable development;
- promote effective waste management and waste minimisation strategies; and
- enhance community and business confidence in the environmental protection regime of the Territory.
The NT EPA's Strategic Plan 2018-2020 outlines its purpose and objectives, its priorities, key strategies and outcomes.
The functions of the NT EPA are established from a range of Acts oulined below, and are consistent with the legislated objectives of the NT EPA:
|Legislation||Key functions and responsibilities (some sections cited)|
|Environmental Assessment Act 1982|
|Waste Management and Pollution Control Act 1998|
|Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Act 2011|
|Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority Act 2012|
Relationship with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
The Environment Division of the Northern Territory Government Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provides the NT EPA with staff and facilities to enable it to properly exercise its powers and perform its functions.