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)

Latest
Gorgon Gas Development Fourth Train Expansion Proposal, Barrow Island
Release Date: 3 March 2015
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Kwinana Waste to Energy Project
Release Date: 2 February 2015
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Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Project
Release Date: 12 January 2015
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Media
EPA recommends conditional approval for expansion of the Gorgon Gas Development Project: EPA Report 1539
Summary: Chevron Australia’s Gorgon Gas Development Fourth Train Expansion Proposal, which is expected to expand the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity on Barrow Island from 15 to 20 million tonnes per annum, has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Release Date: 3 March 2015
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Kwinana facility to convert household rubbish into electricity recommended for approval
Summary: Thousands of tonnes of household waste, otherwise destined for landfill, will be converted into electricity under a proposal which has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Release Date: 2 February 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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New guidelines for environmental offsets
Environment Minister Albert Jacob has today released new guidelines on the use of environmental offsets in assessments and approvals of projects.
Release Date: 14 August 2014
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