The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
The Hon. Matthew Groom
Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage
One-Stop Shop to streamline Tasmanian environmental assessments and approvals
Joint media release
13 August 2014
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The Tasmanian and Federal Governments are now one step closer to creating a One-Stop Shop for environmental assessments and approvals.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom have released a draft approvals bilateral agreement for public comment.
Reducing the regulatory burden on business by streamlining the environmental assessment and approval processes was a key federal election commitment of the Coalition.
"Duplication of federal, state and local planning processes adds complexity and cost to environmental approvals across the country - with no added environmental benefit," said Minister Hunt.
"Under current arrangements, major projects can be delayed through multiple and duplicative approval processes, even if the project is environmentally acceptable.
"To cut red tape the Federal Government is working with state and territory governments to develop a 'One-Stop Shop' for environmental approvals."
The 'One-Stop Shop' reform will accredit Tasmania's planning systems under national environmental law, to create a single approval process that satisfies both Governments' requirements.
"The new approval bilateral agreement will deliver on our commitment to streamline the State and Commonwealth approval process and ensures we are maximising growth and investment opportunities for Tasmania," said Minister Groom.
"The 'One-Stop Shop' will put in place measures to maintain high environmental standards, while reducing duplication across jurisdictions.
"This will deliver a real boost to Tasmania's economy while ensuring our precious environment continues to be protected.
Further information can be found at www.environment.gov.au/topics/environment-protection/environment-assessments/bilateral-agreements