'One stop shop' for environmental approvals
The Australian Government is committed to delivering a 'one stop shop' for environmental approvals that will accredit state planning systems under national environmental law, to create a single environmental assessment and approval process. The one stop shop policy aims to simplify the approvals process for businesses, lead to swifter decisions and improve Australia's investment climate, while maintaining high environmental standards.
On 16 October 2013, the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced that the Government had approved the framework for achieving the one stop shop. This includes a three-stage process with each of the willing jurisdictions, comprising:
- signing a Memorandum of Understanding;
- agreement on bilateral assessments and updating any existing agreement with the state; and
- negotiation of approval bilateral agreements within 12 months.
Further information will be made available on this website as work progresses.
Memoranda of Understanding
Memoranda of Understanding will be published here as they are agreed:
Notices of Intent
Notices of intent to develop draft bilateral agreements have been published in the Bilateral Agreements section.
The notices are also published in the government Gazette and in a daily newspaper that circulates in the state or territory.
Draft bilateral agreements open for public comment
|State/Territory||Deadline for comment|
|Queensland - draft bilateral agreement relating to environmental assessment - Invitation to comment||5pm Friday, 6 December 2013|
|New South Wales - draft bilateral agreement relating to environmental assessment - Invitation to comment||5pm Wednesday, 18 December 2013|
- 'One stop shop' for environmental approvals one step closer with NSW government support - 5 November 2013
- Federal and Queensland Governments sign up to a One stop shop for environmental approvals - 18 October 2013
- One stop shop approved by Government - 16 October 2013