14    Environment Protection Authority

Agency Outline

The Environment Protection Authority is Tasmania’s independent environmental assessment and regulatory body. The EPA was established on 1 December 2021 as a standalone independent State Authority, after its structural and organisational separation from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.

The 2022‑23 Budget provides the first full year estimates for the newly created EPA. Further information on the restructure is included in the Output Group Restructure section of this chapter and in chapter 1 of this Budget Paper.

The purpose of the EPA is to assess and regulate developments and activities that may impact on environmental quality and to promote best practice and sustainable environmental management. Its goals are clean air, clean water, clean land, acceptable noise levels and sustainable use of resources.

The EPA operates under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 and is an integral part of Tasmania’s Resource Management and Planning System.

The assessment work of the EPA is overseen by a Board, the regulatory functions are delivered by the Director, Environment Protection Authority, and the Agency is led by the Chief Executive Officer. The CEO also holds the statutory position of Director.

Specialist staff support the Board and Director/CEO to make well informed environmental assessment decisions, through an efficient integrated assessment process. The EPA regulators ensure that major industrial, municipal and community activities employ best practice environmental management.

The EPA also promotes and facilitates the adoption of sustainability and best practice environmental management, to provide the community with information about the quality of the environment and to improve ambient environmental quality, including the remediation of historical environmental damage.

The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Hon Roger Jaensch MP, has responsibility for the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act under which the EPA operates.

This chapter provides the EPA’s financial information for 2022‑23 and the Forward Estimates (2023‑24 to 2025‑26). Further information on the Authority is provided at www.epa.tas.gov.au.


 

Key Deliverables

Table 14.1 provides a summary of the Budget and Forward Estimates allocations for key deliverables being undertaken by the Authority.

Table 14.1:       Key Deliverables Statement

 

2022‑23

 

Budget

2023‑24

Forward

Estimate

2024‑25

Forward

Estimate

2025‑26

Forward

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Resources for EPA Tasmania

2 000

2 000

2 000

2 000

Rent for New EPA Premises in Hobart

500

500

500

500

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Resources for EPA Tasmania

This initiative provides ongoing funding for additional resources to increase the rigour and integrity of environmental assessments as part of the EPA’s establishment as a standalone independent State Authority in December 2021.

Rent for New EPA Premises in Hobart

This initiative provides ongoing funding to support new accommodation in Hobart for EPA staff.


Output Group Restructure

On 1 December 2021, various administrative instruments, including the State Service (Restructuring) Order (No. 2) 2021 and the State Service (Agencies and Heads of Agencies) Order (No. 2) 2021 were made for the purpose of making the EPA a separate agency and amalgamating parts of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania with the EPA.

The 2021‑22 Budget for the newly created EPA was based on the Department’s original 2021‑22 Budget estimates for Output 7.1 Environmental Management and Pollution Control that related to EPA Tasmania activities and functions for the period 1 December 2021 to 30 June 2022. This included the transfer of the balance of the 2021‑22 appropriation and funding from the Department’s Financial Management Account (Specific Purpose Account), which includes the balance of the Environmental Protection Fund.

Output Information

Outputs of the EPA are provided under the following Output Group:

·       Output Group 1 ‑ Environment Protection Authority.

Table 14.2 provides an Output Group Expense Summary for the EPA.

Table 14.2:       Output Group Expense Summary

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Environment and Climate Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 ‑ Environment Protection Authority1

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Environmental Regulation

6 304 

11 012 

11 253 

11 511 

11 811 

1.2 Environmental Assessment

1 820 

4 497 

4 630 

4 737 

4 865 

1.3 Finfish Regulation2

286 

1 557 

1 579 

1 599 

1 620 

 

8 410 

17 066 

17 462 

17 847 

18 296 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

8 410 

17 066 

17 462 

17 847 

18 296 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The increase in expenses in 2022‑23 across the Output Group primarily reflects the first full year Budget allocation for the EPA and funding for 2022‑23 Budget initiatives. The operational support costs for the EPA are allocated to Environmental Regulation.

2.    The increase in Finfish Regulation in 2022‑23 reflects a transfer within the Output Group of expenditure in relation to the Salmon Environmental Levy.


 

Output Group 1:    Environment Protection Authority

1.1 Environmental Regulation

This Output undertakes activities to develop high quality, contemporary policies and strategies for the protection of the environment; ensure development proposals meet appropriate guidelines and standards; regulate, via a risk‑based approach, environmental impacts of large industrial and municipal activities; and monitor environmental performance.

1.2 Environmental Assessment

This Output is responsible for assessing the potential environmental impacts of certain activities under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act. The environmental impact assessment process focuses on minimising environmental harm, nuisance and pollution relating to noise, air quality, water quality and natural values. The assessment process includes the preparation of environmental impact statements by proponents and the opportunity for public representations on development proposals.

1.3 Finfish Regulation

This Output implements the policy and regulatory framework for the identification and assessment of risks to the receiving environment from marine and freshwater finfish farming activity, and applies regulatory responses that protect and enhance environmental values.


 

Table 14.3:       Performance Information ‑ Output Group 1

Performance Measure

Unit of

Measure

2019‑20 Actual

2020‑21 Actual

2021‑22 Target

2022‑23 Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air quality1

 

 

 

 

 

Hobart ‑ exceeds PM2.5 standard

No. of days

5

2

0

0

Hobart ‑ exceeds PM10 standard

No. of days

0

1

0

0

Launceston ‑ exceeds PM2.5 standard

No. of days

4

11

0

0

Launceston ‑ exceeds PM10 standard

No. of days

0

3

0

0

Devonport ‑ exceeds PM2.5 standard

No. of days

1

2

0

0

Devonport ‑ exceeds PM10 standard

No. of days

0

3

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment and Regulation of Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Environment Protection Notices, Environmental Licences, Environmental Approvals, Registration Certificates and Contaminated Sites Notices issued2

Number

204

166

200

200

Percentage of assessments undertaken within statutory timeframe3

%

100

93.34

100

100

Percentage of planned audits of premises undertaken within scheduled timeframe4

%

49

82

100

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The ambient air quality measure is calculated on a calendar year basis. For example, 2019‑20 in the above table refers to performance against the standard during the 2019 calendar year.

2.    This measure identifies the number of key notices, approvals, licences (excluding renewals) and registrations issued (including variations) under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act. These legal instruments are issued as required, and the target figure therefore represents an expected number based on current practice rather than a desirable target.

3.    This measure indicates activity performance against section 27H of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act, which sets timeframes for the completion of the assessments. Timeframes in sections 27C, 27D and 27FA are not included in these totals.

4.    This measure addresses planned audits only.


 

Detailed Budget Statements

Table 14.4:       Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue ‑ operating1

7 213 

15 902 

16 298 

16 683 

17 132 

Grants

25 

25 

25 

25 

25 

Sales of goods and services2

113 

116 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Fees and fines3

94 

844 

844 

844 

844 

Interest

126 

126 

126 

126 

126 

Total revenue

7 571 

17 013 

17 293 

17 678 

18 127 

Total income

7 571 

17 013 

17 293 

17 678 

18 127 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits4

4 174 

12 568 

12 886 

13 587 

14 052 

Depreciation and amortisation

433 

376 

376 

376 

376 

Supplies and consumables5

1 295 

3 031 

3 188 

3 341 

3 454 

Grants and subsidies6

2 485 

1 044 

947 

476 

346 

Other expenses

23 

47 

65 

67 

68 

Total expenses

8 410 

17 066 

17 462 

17 847 

18 296 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

(839)

(53)

(169)

(169)

(169)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

Other movements taken directly to equity7

3 937 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Total other comprehensive income

3 937 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

3 098 

(53)

(169)

(169)

(169)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The increase in Appropriation revenue ‑ operating in 2022‑23 primarily reflects the first full year Budget allocation for the EPA and funding for 2022‑23 Budget initiatives.

2.    The decrease in Sales of goods and services in 2023‑24 reflects the anticipated revenue profile for the EPA.

3.    The 2021‑22 Budget for revenue from the Salmon Environmental Levy was included within the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania. The increase in Fees and fines from 2022‑23 reflects that the estimates for the collection of this Levy are now included in the EPA’s 2022‑23 Budget and Forward Estimates.

4.    The increase in Employee benefits in 2022‑23 primarily reflects the first full year Budget allocation for the EPA and funding for the Additional Resources for EPA Tasmania initiative.

5.    The increase in Supplies and consumables in 2022‑23 primarily reflects the first full year Budget allocation for the EPA and funding for the Rent for New EPA Premises in Hobart initiative.

6.    The decrease in Grants and subsidies in 2022‑23 and over the Forward Estimates reflects the anticipated expenditure profile for the EPA.

7.    The 2021-22 Budget for Other movements taken directly to equity reflects the transfer of net assets from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania to the EPA.


8.     

Table 14.5:       Statement of Comprehensive Income ‑ Administered

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Fees and fines1

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

Total administered revenue

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

Total administered income

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers to the Public Account

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

Total administered expenses

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered net result

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered comprehensive result

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.     The increase in Fees and fines in 2022‑23 primarily reflects the first full year estimate for the collection of Environment Fees.


 

Table 14.6:       Revenue from Appropriation by Output

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Environment and Climate Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 ‑ Environment Protection Authority1

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Environmental Regulation

5 107 

10 598 

10 839 

11 097 

11 397 

1.2 Environmental Assessment

1 820 

4 497 

4 630 

4 737 

4 865 

1.3 Finfish Regulation

286 

807 

829 

849 

870 

 

7 213 

15 902 

16 298 

16 683 

17 132 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Protection Authority

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Services

7 213 

15 902 

16 298 

16 683 

17 132 

 

7 213 

15 902 

16 298 

16 683 

17 132 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

7 213 

15 902 

16 298 

16 683 

17 132 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

7 213 

15 902 

16 298 

16 683 

17 132 

 

7 213 

15 902 

16 298 

16 683 

17 132 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The increase across this Output Group reflects revenue from appropriation for the first full year Budget allocation for the EPA and funding for 2022‑23 Budget initiatives.

Table 14.7:       Administered Revenue

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue Collected on Behalf of the Public Account

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Fees1

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

 

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Administered Revenue

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The increase in 2022‑23 primarily reflects the first full year estimate for the collection of Environment Fees.

Table 14.8:       Administered Expenses

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers to the Public Account1

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Administered Expenses

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The increase in 2022‑23 primarily reflects the first full year estimate for the transfer of Environment Fees to the Public Account.

 


 

Table 14.9:       Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2022 

2023 

2024 

2025 

2026 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits

16 208 

16 716 

16 923 

17 130 

17 337 

Receivables

1 285 

1 278 

1 278 

1 278 

1 278 

 

17 493 

17 994 

18 201 

18 408 

18 615 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non‑financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment1

1 285 

1 285 

942 

599 

256 

Infrastructure

34 

34 

31 

28 

25 

Intangibles

90 

90 

60 

30 

.... 

Other assets

57 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

1 466 

1 409 

1 033 

657 

281 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

18 959 

19 403 

19 234 

19 065 

18 896 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Interest bearing liabilities

25 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Provisions

7 800 

7 800 

7 800 

7 800 

7 800 

Employee benefits

2 951 

2 951 

2 951 

2 951 

2 951 

Other liabilities

5 085 

5 085 

5 085 

5 085 

5 085 

Total liabilities

15 861 

15 836 

15 836 

15 836 

15 836 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

3 098 

3 567 

3 398 

3 229 

3 060 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Contributed capital2

3 937 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Accumulated funds2

(839)

3 567 

3 398 

3 229 

3 060 

Total equity

3 098 

3 567 

3 398 

3 229 

3 060 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The decrease in Property, plant and equipment in 2024 and across the Forward Estimates reflects depreciation of fixed assets.

2.    The change in Contributed capital and Accumulated funds primarily reflects the transfer of net assets from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania to the EPA.

 


 

Table 14.10:      Statement of Cash Flows

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts ‑ operating

7 213 

15 902 

16 298 

16 683 

17 132 

Grants

25 

25 

25 

25 

25 

Sales of goods and services

113 

116 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Fees and fines

94 

844 

844 

844 

844 

GST receipts1

1 448 

724 

724 

724 

724 

Interest received

126 

126 

126 

126 

126 

Total cash inflows

9 019 

17 737 

18 017 

18 402 

18 851 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(3 684)

(11 404)

(11 327)

(11 905)

(12 262)

Superannuation

(490)

(1 164)

(1 559)

(1 682)

(1 790)

GST payments1

(1 448)

(724)

(724)

(724)

(724)

Grants and subsidies

(2 485)

(1 044)

(947)

(476)

(346)

Supplies and consumables

(1 295)

(3 031)

(3 188)

(3 341)

(3 454)

Other cash payments

(23)

(47)

(65)

(67)

(68)

Total cash outflows

(9 425)

(17 414)

(17 810)

(18 195)

(18 644)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

(406)

323 

207 

207 

207 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Equity injections and cash flows from restructuring2

16 785 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Net cash from (used by) investing activities

16 785 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net borrowings

(171)

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Net cash from (used by) financing activities

(171)

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

16 208 

323 

207 

207 

207 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

.... 

16 393 

16 716 

16 923 

17 130 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

16 208 

16 716 

16 923 

17 130 

17 337 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The 2022-23 Budget for GST receipts and GST payments has been revised to better reflect the anticipated business activity of the EPA.

2.    The 2021-22 Budget for Equity injections and cash flows from restructuring reflects the transfer of funds from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania to the EPA upon restructuring, which includes the balance of the Environmental Protection Fund.

Table 14.11:      Statement of Cash Flows - Administered

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Fees and fines

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

Total cash inflows

2 439 

4 286 

4 393 

4 503 

4 615 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers to the Public Account

(2 439)

(4 286)

(4 393)

(4 503)

(4 615)

Total cash outflows

(2 439)

(4 286)

(4 393)

(4 503)

(4 615)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

....