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.

Invitation to comment on draft agreement

Invitation to comment (PDF - 16.58 KB) | Invitation to comment (DOCX - 43.45 KB)

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

Submission guidelines

  1. Submissions should provide the reference: ‘Western Australia – draft approval bilateral agreement’. Please also ensure that your submission contains your name and contact details.
  2. Send your submission by email or post:
    • Email: OneStopShop@environment.gov.au (the preferred option)
    • Post: Regulatory Reform Taskforce Department of the Environment GPO Box 787 CANBERRA ACT 2601

The views expressed in submissions from interested parties and published on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commonwealth or the Minister, nor does publication of these submissions indicate the Commonwealth’s commitment to any particular course of action.

Further, the Commonwealth accepts no responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of any of the information contained in any submission on or accessed through this website, and the Commonwealth shall not be responsible for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in the submissions. Users of the information must make their own inquiries and assessments about those matters and/or seek independent advice.

The Commonwealth reserves the right not to publish a submission that it considers defamatory or contains other comments inappropriate for publication. Unless submissions are specifically marked as confidential, they may be published on the Department of the Environment’s website. For submissions from individuals, the publication of contact details will be limited to name, suburb and state unless marked confidential.

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)

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

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.