Environmental enforcement in Queensland: the rising cost of eco-crime

As of 7 November 2014, maximum penalties significantly increased for a range of offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EP Act). For some offences, this has resulted in more than a 300% increase in the maximum penalty. For instance, where the maximum penalty for a wilful contravention of a condition of an environmental authority was previously $1,138,500, it is now $3,557,810.

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