The Albanese Labor Government is bringing to life its ambitious nature positive plan.
The 2023-24 Budget will help us protect more of what’s precious, repair more of what’s damaged, and manage nature better for the future.
Protecting more of what’s precious
The Government is rewriting Australia’s old, broken environment laws to better protect our environment and make clearer, faster decisions.
At the heart of this plan is $121 million to establish Environment Protection Australia, to restore trust to a system that badly needs it.
The EPA will be a tough cop on the beat. It will transform our system of environmental approvals. It will be transparent and independent. It will make environmental assessments, decide project approvals and the conditions attached to them, and it will make sure that those conditions are being followed on the ground.
Managing nature better for the future
Australia is home to some of the most stunning natural environments in the world. But after a decade of neglect under the Liberals and Nationals, many of these places are now in a state of unacceptable disrepair. This has jeopardised efforts to protect threatened species and conserve native habitats, while undermining tourism opportunities for regional economies.
This Budget provides urgent funding to save some of Australia’s most precious places and those who look after them, including:
We’re investing $236 million to establish a national and reliable flood warning system. The funding will be used to purchase and upgrade gauges, ensuring communities in flood-prone areas can be better prepared and supported.
Repairing more of what’s damaged
We want to protect our environment from destruction. But our ambition for nature is bigger than that. Just as the Hawke Government established Landcare, we want to restore environments that have been damaged in the past. That’s how we can build a truly nature positive Australia, where we leave our environment in a better state for our kids and grandkids.
This Budget invests in projects that repair nature, including:
Australians want to live in a country that is nature positive – a country that stops environmental decline and repairs nature.
In our first year in office, the Albanese Labor Government has begun to turn the tide of nature destruction.
We’ve set out our plans for new environmental laws. We’ve set a target for zero new extinctions. We’ve committed to protecting 30 per cent of our land and water by 2030. We’ve invested in recycling and the circular economy. And we’ve fought for nature on the world stage.
As at 9 May 2023.