Bilateral agreements allow each state or territory to assess proposed actions (projects or developments) on behalf of the Australian Government.
They remove the need for a separate assessment, reducing duplication. The Commonwealth Environment minister uses a state or territory's report to inform the final decision about whether to approve an action.
Assessment bilateral agreements have existed with all states and territories since 2015.
Assessment agreement with the Northern Territory
Under the assessment bilateral agreement, the Commonwealth minister can use the NT process to inform an assessment of the impacts of any eligible action.
The original assessment bilateral agreement has been in place since 11 December 2014.
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Updating the Assessment Bilateral Agreement
On 19 September 2019, the NT Government passed new environmental legislation.
We published a Notice of intention to develop a draft assessment bilateral agreement with the NT in February 2020.
Notice of intention to develop a draft assessment bilateral agreement with the NT in February 2020 (PDF 444 KB)
Notice of intention to develop a draft assessment bilateral agreement with the NT in February 2020 (DOCX 24 KB)
A new assessment bilateral agreement was signed in 2021. This revoked and replaced the 2014 agreement.
Public consultation on the new draft assessment bilateral agreement ran from 7 December 2020 to 29 January 2021.
Section 65 of the EPBC Act requires a review of the Agreement's operation at least once every 5 years.
The agreement was reviewed in 2019 as part of the update.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about bilateral agreements with the Northern Territory:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: +61 1800 803 772 between 9 am and 5 pm Canberra time.