New South Wales Bilateral Agreement Information
On this page, you will find all current documents relating to bilateral agreements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) between the Commonwealth and the State of New South Wales relating to environmental assessment and approval.
Approval Bilateral Agreement
Draft approval bilateral agreement
|Draft Agreement||Deadline for comment|
|New South Wales Draft Bilateral Agreement relating to environmental approval (PDF - 582.64 KB) | (DOCX - 156.01 KB)||CLOSED on 13 June 2014|
The statutory public comment period on the New South Wales draft approval bilateral agreement closed on Friday, 13 June 2014.
The Department would like to thank all those who provided submissions.
About the agreement
The draft approval bilateral agreement provides for accreditation of New South Wales processes for approval of proposed actions that would otherwise be assessed by the Australian Government for approval under the EPBC Act. Only one decision including conditions on approval is made by New South Wales, accounting for New South Wales matters and matters of national environmental significance.
The finalised approval bilateral agreement will include a list of New South Wales processes that have been accredited by the Federal Environment Minister. These processes are known as ‘accredited processes’. No separate Australian Government referral, assessment or approval will be required for proposed actions that fall under an accredited process.
The explanatory document provides more detail on the draft approval bilateral agreement.
Notice of Intent
About this notice
Section 45(3) of the EPBC Act requires that the Minister, as soon as practicable after starting the process of developing a draft bilateral agreement with a State or Territory, publish a notice of intention to develop a draft bilateral agreement. The notice is published in the government Gazette, in a daily newspaper that circulates in the relevant State or Territory and on the Department's website.
There is no approval bilateral agreement currently in place.
Assessment Bilateral Agreement
Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of New South Wales relating to Environmental Assessment
Department of the Environment, 26 February 2015
The bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of New South Wales relating to environmental assessment (the assessment bilateral agreement), allows the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment to rely on specified environmental impact assessment processes of the State of New South Wales in assessing actions under the EPBC Act.
The current agreement enhances the streamlining benefits of the One-Stop Shop in advance of an approval bilateral agreement commencing. The current agreement will deliver on the objective of promoting efficient, thorough and transparent environmental regulation while minimising duplication. The current agreement will replace the previous agreement, that operated from 20 December 2013 to 25 February 2015.
- New South Wales Assessment Bilateral Agreement (PDF - 2.09 MB) | (DOCX - 168.75 KB)
- Agreement notice (PDF - 16.07 KB) | (DOC - 34.5 KB)
- Report on Comments (PDF - 153.36 KB) | (DOCX - 37.68 KB)
- Statement of Reasons (PDF - 1.69 MB) | (DOC - 134.5 KB)
Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of New South Wales relating to Environmental Impact Assessment
Department of the Environment, 20 December 2013. Ceased to operate 25 February 2015.
- New South Wales Assessment Bilateral Agreement (PDF - 983.24 KB) | (DOCX - 135.01 KB)
- Agreement notice (PDF - 15.82 KB) | (DOC - 34 KB)
- Report on Comments (PDF - 231.11 KB) | (DOCX - 35.72 KB)
- Statement of Reasons (PDF - 3.99 MB) | (DOC - 103.5 KB)
About the agreement
The bilateral agreement has been superseded by the current agreement.