Western Australia 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 Western Australia relating to environmental assessment and approval.

Approval Bilateral Agreement

About the agreement

The draft approval bilateral agreement provides for accreditation of Western Australian 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 Western Australia, accounting for Western Australian matters and matters of national environmental significance.

The finalised approval bilateral agreement will include a list of Western Australian 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 Western Australian Bilateral Agreement relating to environmental approvals (PDF - 606 KB) | (DOCX - 156.68 KB) CLOSED on 13 February 2015

Explanatory Document

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

Approval Bilateral Agreements under the EPBC Act - the draft Western Australian Agreement explained (PDF - 255.7 KB) | (DOCX - 140.3 KB)


The statutory public comment period on the draft Western Australia approval bilateral agreement closed on Friday 13 February 2015.

Current agreement

There is no agreement currently in place.

Assessment Bilateral Agreement

Current agreement

Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and Western Australia relating to environmental assessment

Department of the Environment, 3 October 2014

Note: The commencement date for the Agreement is 1 January 2015.


About the agreement

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

Draft assessment bilateral agreement submissions

Submissions by interested parties on the Western Australian draft assessment bilateral agreement closed on 27 June 2014.

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