'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 for nationally protected matters. 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
- negotiation of approval bilateral agreements within 12 months
Click on the headings below to find out more information.
- Agreement to streamline environmental assessments in the Northern Territory open for public comment - 8 April 2014
- Release of national environmental standards for One-Stop Shop reforms - media release - 28 March 2014
- Agreement to streamline environmental assessments in the Australian Capital Territory open for comment - media release - 28 March 2014
- Have your say on applying national environment law in South Australia - media release - 18 February 2014
- Commonwealth and New South Wales sign One-Stop Shop Bilateral Agreement - media release - 20 December 2013
- All states and territories sign up for the one-stop shop - media release - 13 December 2013
- 'One stop shop' for environmental approvals one step closer with NSW government support - media release - 5 November 2013
- Federal and Queensland Governments sign up to a One stop shop for environmental approvals - media release - 18 October 2013
- One stop shop approved by Government - media release - 16 October 2013
Development of bilateral agreements
Progress on bilateral agreements with each State or Territory will be published on the following pages:
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
Notices of Intent
Notices of intent to develop draft bilateral agreements have been signed with all States and Territories and are published on the individual state pages above.
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|
|Northern Territory – draft bilateral agreement relating to environmental assessment – Invitation to comment||5pm, Tuesday 6 May 2014|
|Australian Capital Territory – draft bilateral agreement relating to environmental assessment – Invitation to comment||5pm, Monday 28 April 2014|
|South Australia – draft bilateral agreement relating to environmental assessment – Invitation to comment||CLOSED on 17 March 2014|
Finalised bilateral agreements
New assessment bilateral agreements have been agreed with Queensland and New South Wales.
The Australian Government has released Standards for Accreditation of Environmental Approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, which articulate the environmental standards and considerations for accreditation of state and territory approval processes through bilateral agreements.
Memoranda of Understanding
Memoranda of Understanding have been agreed with all States and Territories:
- Queensland (PDF - 361.58 KB) | (DOCX - 30.19 KB) - 18 October 2013
- New South Wales (PDF - 235.25 KB) | (DOCX - 32.11 KB) - 5 November 2013
- Western Australia (PDF - 2 MB) | (DOCX - 40.75 KB) - 13 December 2013
- Victoria (PDF - 2.06 MB) | (DOC - 85 KB) - 13 December 2013
- Tasmania (PDF - 1.88 MB) | (DOC - 71.5 KB) - 13 December 2013
- South Australia (PDF - 1.98 MB) | (DOCX - 32.78 KB) - 13 December 2013
- Northern Territory (PDF - 1.9 MB) | (DOCX - 31.78 KB) - 13 December 2013
- Australian Capital Territory (PDF - 1.97 MB) | (DOCX - 37.29 KB) - 13 December 2013
At the Council of Australian Governments meeting of 13 December 2013 the Australian Government signed joint statements with the New South Wales and Queensland governments.