Australian Capital Territory 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 Australian Capital Territory relating to environmental assessment and approval.

Approval Bilateral Agreement

About the agreement

The draft approval bilateral agreement provides for accreditation of Australian Capital Territory 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 the Australian Capital Territory, accounting for Australian Capital Territory matters and matters of national environmental significance.

The finalised approval bilateral agreement will include a list of Australian Capital Territory 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

ACT Draft Bilateral Agreement relating to environmental approval (PDF - 496.86 KB) | (DOCX - 165.36 KB)

CLOSED on 12 September 2014

Submissions

The statutory public comment period on the Australian Capital Territory draft approval bilateral agreement closed on Friday, 12 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

Current agreement

Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian Capital Territory relating to environmental assessment
Department of the Environment, 16 June 2014

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About the agreement

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

Draft assessment bilateral agreement submissions

Submissions by interested parties on the Australian Capital Territory draft assessment bilateral agreement closed on Monday, 28 April 2014.

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

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