Have your say on applying national environment law in South Australia

Department of the Environment

Media release
18 February 2014

The Federal Department of the Environment has released a draft assessment bilateral agreement with South Australia and is inviting interested members of the public to comment until 17 March 2014.

Bilateral agreements are put in place to protect the environment, ensure an efficient, timely and effective process and minimise duplication between Commonwealth and state processes.

They allow the Commonwealth to 'accredit' state and territory environmental assessment and approval processes.

The draft document is an assessment bilateral agreement which, once finalised, would allow proposed actions triggering national environment law in South Australia, and which are covered by the agreement, to be assessed by South Australia on the Commonwealth’s behalf.

It would expand the scope of an existing assessment bilateral agreement with South Australia.

The Australian Government is working to reduce the regulatory burden on business by streamlining the environmental approvals process and delivering a ‘one stop shop’ for environmental assessments and approvals.

This will result in a single environmental assessment and approval process that satisfies both state and Commonwealth requirements and maintains high environmental standards while reducing duplication.

It is intended that one stop shop arrangements will be finalised with all willing states and territories by September 2014.

Further information can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/environment-protection/environment-assessments/bilateral-agreements