The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
One-stop shop approved by Government
16 October 2013
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The Government has approved the framework for achieving a one-stop shop to streamline environmental approvals.
The one-stop-shop will slash red tape and increase jobs and investment, whilst maintaining environmental standards.
The Government will achieve the one-stop-shop through a three stage process:
- Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with each of the willing states on the key principles and confirming co-operation on achieving a single process
- Agreement on bilateral assessments and updating those which have already been in place with willing states
- Agreement on bilateral approvals within 12 months with willing states
Significant work has already been undertaken with the states in drafting the first Memorandum of Understanding. Each will be signed by the Prime Minister and the respective Premier.
We expect that the first will be signed shortly as we implement our commitment to cut red tape.
This is about setting the highest standards, making swift decisions and delivering certain outcomes.
The Government will also continue working with the states on approving strategic assessments which provide a further simplification of the process for project approvals.
To assist the process, the Federal Government is also offering to place staff in the state offices to ensure the implementation occurs as smoothly and as quickly as possible.