One Stop Shop Assessment Bilateral Agreement

Western Australia (WA) has signed a new assessment bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) as a step to delivering a one-stop-shop for environmental approvals.

The agreement was signed on 3 October 2014 and started to operate on 1 January 2015.

The previous assessment bilateral agreement between WA and the Commonwealth ceased on 31 December 2014 and existing assessments transitioned to the new agreement as of 1 January.

The agreement allows WA to assess proposals on behalf of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth will still make the approval decision relying on the WA assessment report.

Key information regarding the agreement is available here (pdf 344 kb)

Information for proponents on environmental impact assessment under the new Assessment Bilateral Agreement is available here (pdf 415 kb)

The agreement itself can be viewed here (pdf 166 kb)

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Exploration Drilling Mungada Blue Hills East
Release Date: 23 March 2015
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Bluewaters Power Station Expansion - Phase III and Phase IV Proposal - inquiry under s46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to amend Ministerial Statement 837
Release Date: 23 March 2015
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Albany Port Expansion Project - inquiry under s46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to amend Ministerial Statement 846
Release Date: 23 March 2015
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Media
EPA recommends conditional approval for exploration drilling in the Mungada Blue Hills East: EPA Report 1544
Summary: A proposal for exploration drilling on the Mungada Ridge has been recommended for strict conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Release Date: 23 March 2015
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Open-cut iron ore mine in the Pilbara recommended for approval: EPA Report 1541
Summary: The Australian Aboriginal Mining Corporation Limited’s proposal to mine iron ore in the Pilbara has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Release Date: 16 March 2015
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announcements/
EPA 2013-14 Annual Report has been released
The 2013-14 EPA Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on 14 October 2014 and is now available here.
Release Date: 15 October 2014
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Release Date: 14 August 2014
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