New South Wales 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 State of New South Wales relating to environmental assessment and approval.

Approval Bilateral Agreement

Draft approval bilateral agreement

Draft Agreement Deadline for comment
New South Wales Draft Bilateral Agreement relating to environmental approval (PDF - 582.64 KB) | (DOCX - 156.01 KB) CLOSED on 13 June 2014

Submissions

The statutory public comment period on the New South Wales draft approval bilateral agreement closed on Friday, 13 June 2014.

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

About the agreement

The draft approval bilateral agreement provides for accreditation of New South Wales 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 New South Wales, accounting for New South Wales matters and matters of national environmental significance.

The finalised approval bilateral agreement will include a list of New South Wales 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.

Explanatory Document

The explanatory document provides more detail on the draft approval bilateral agreement.

Approval Bilateral Agreements under the EPBC Act - the NSW Agreement explained (PDF - 259.71 KB) | (DOCX - 123.32 KB)

Notice of Intent

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Notice of intention to develop a draft bilateral agreement with New South Wales relating to environmental approval (PDF - 78.15 KB) | (DOCX - 25.54 KB)

About this notice

Section 45(3) of the EPBC Act requires that the Minister, as soon as practicable after starting the process of developing a draft bilateral agreement with a State or Territory, publish a notice of intention to develop a draft bilateral agreement. The notice is published in the government Gazette, in a daily newspaper that circulates in the relevant State or Territory and on the Department's website.

Current agreement

There is no approval bilateral agreement currently in place.

Assessment Bilateral Agreement

The Australian and New South Wales Governments are seeking public comments on a draft revised assessment bilateral agreement, which would enhance the streamlining benefits of the One-Stop Shop in advance of an approval bilateral agreement commencing. The revised assessment bilateral agreement will deliver on the objective of promoting efficient, thorough and transparent environmental regulation while minimising duplication. The revised assessment bilateral agreement will replace the current agreement.

Invitation to comment on draft agreement

Draft Agreement Deadline for comment
Draft New South Wales Bilateral Agreement relating to environmental assessment (PDF - 573.77 KB) | (DOCX - 165.56 KB) 5pm, 2 February 2015

Submission guidelines

  1. Submissions should provide the reference: ‘New South Wales - draft assessment bilateral agreement’. Please also ensure that your submission contains your name and contact details.
  2. Send your submission by email or post:
    • Email: OneStopShop@environment.gov.au (the preferred option)
    • Post: Regulatory Reform Taskforce Department of the Environment GPO Box 787 CANBERRA ACT 2601

The views expressed in submissions from interested parties and published on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commonwealth or the Minister, nor does publication of these submissions indicate the Commonwealth’s commitment to any particular course of action.

Further, the Commonwealth accepts no responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of any of the information contained in any submission on or accessed through this website, and the Commonwealth shall not be responsible for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in the submissions. Users of the information must make their own inquiries and assessments about those matters and/or seek independent advice.

The Commonwealth reserves the right not to publish a submission that it considers defamatory or contains other comments inappropriate for publication. Unless submissions are specifically marked as confidential, they may be published on the Department of the Environment’s website. For submissions from individuals, the publication of contact details will be limited to name, suburb and state unless marked confidential.

Notice of Intent

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Notice of intention to develop a draft bilateral agreement with New South Wales relating to environmental assessment (PDF - 15.26 KB) | (DOCX - 25.54 KB)

About this notice

Section 45(3) of the EPBC Act requires that the Minister, as soon as practicable after starting the process of developing a draft bilateral agreement with a State or Territory, publish a notice of intention to develop a draft bilateral agreement. The notice is published in the government Gazette, in a daily newspaper that circulates in the relevant State or Territory and on the Department's website.

Current agreement

Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of New South Wales relating to Environmental Impact Assessment
Department of the Environment, 20 December 2013

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About the agreement

The bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of New South Wales relating to environmental assessment (the assessment bilateral agreement), allows the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment to rely on specified environmental impact assessment processes of the State of New South Wales in assessing actions under the EPBC Act.