Tasmania 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 Tasmania relating to environmental assessment and approval.

Approval Bilateral Agreement

About the agreement

The draft approval bilateral agreement provides for accreditation of Tasmanian 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 Tasmania, accounting for Tasmanian matters and matters of national environmental significance.

The finalised approval bilateral agreement will include a list of Tasmanian 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.

Draft Agreement Deadline for comment

Draft Tasmanian Bilateral Agreement relating to environmental approvals (PDF - 656.34 KB) | (DOCX - 180.66 KB)

CLOSED on 11 September 2014

Submissions

The statutory public comment period on the Tasmanian draft approval bilateral agreement closed on Thursday, 11 September 2014.

The Department would like to thank all those who provided submissions.

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Explanatory Document

The explanatory document provides more detail on the draft approval bilateral agreement.

Current agreement

There is no agreement currently in place.

Assessment Bilateral Agreement

Draft Agreement Deadline for comment

Draft Tasmanian Bilateral Agreement relating to environmental assessment (PDF - 552.52 KB) | (DOCX - 135 KB)

CLOSED on 15 August 2014

Submissions

The statutory public comment period on the Tasmanian draft assessment bilateral agreement closed on Thursday, 15 August 2014.

The Department would like to thank all those who provided submissions.

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 State or Territory and on the Department's website.

Current agreement

Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Tasmania Relating to Environmental Impact Assessment
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 23 May 2011

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About the agreement

The bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Tasmania relating to environmental assessment (the bilateral agreement) allows the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment to rely on specified environmental impact assessment processes of the State of Tasmania in assessing actions under the EPBC Act.

Administrative Arrangements and Procedures made under clauses 11.2 and 19 of the Assessment Bilateral Agreement entered into by the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Tasmania in accordance with section 45 of the EPBC Act

The Department and the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority have agreed to administrative procedures to support the bilateral agreement. These procedures were signed on 18 July 2012.

These administrative procedures fulfill both governments' commitments in Clauses 11.2 and 19 of the bilateral agreement. Their implementation will ensure that the bilateral agreement is administered efficiently and cooperatively, in accordance with the separate legal requirements of each government.

Further to Attachment A of the administrative procedures, relevant policies and guidance for the assessment of projects under the bilateral agreement can be located on the following web pages: