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 412 kb)

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

Latest
Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East Iron Ore Project
Release Date: 12 January 2015
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Tutunup South Mineral Sands Project – inquiry under s46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to amend Ministerial Statement 799
Release Date: 5 January 2015
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Subdivision of Lot 21 Alumina Road, East Rockingham - inquiry under s46(4) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 into whether or not the conditions relating to the derived proposal should be changed
Release Date: 22 December 2014
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Media
EPA recommends against a mine on an important Banded Iron Formation
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has today published its report on a proposal to mine a significant Banded Iron Formation (BIF) in the northern Goldfields, finding it is environmentally unacceptable and recommending it should not be implemented.
Release Date: 12 January 2015
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EPA issues new advice on hydraulic fracturing
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has today issued updated advice on how and when it will assess proposals that involve hydraulic fracturing for shale and tight gas.
Release Date: 17 December 2014
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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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