The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has published Directions related to the Disaster Management Act in Notice 439 in Government Gazette 43190.
The purpose of these Directions is to:
- curtail the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic;
- alleviate, contain and minimise the effects of the national state of disaster; and
- ensure the fair processes, especially relating to licensing processes, public participation processes, appeals processes, reporting requirements and the provision of waste management services during the lockdown period, which are not possible due to the restrictions placed on the movement of people.
Time frames prescribed to certain Regulations, licences, environmental authorisations, the processing of appeals and applications are hereby extended, or deemed to be extended, by the number of days of the duration of the lockdown period of the national state of disaster declared for the COVID-19 pandemic, including any extension to such duration.