The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) allows bilateral agreements between the Australian Government and Tasmania. These let us accredit Tasmanian environmental assessment and approval processes.
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 environmental assessment 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 Tasmania
Under the assessment bilateral agreement, the Commonwealth minister can use the Tasmanian process to inform an assessment of the impacts of any eligible action.
On 22 October 2014, the Tasmanian and Australian governments signed the Tasmanian Assessment Bilateral Agreement under section 45 of the EPBC Act.
We published the draft assessment bilateral agreement for public comment from 18 July to 15 August 2014. The public consultation process received 3 submissions.
Following the public comment period, we finalised the agreement. For more information on the submissions and our response, read the Report on Public Comments on the Draft Tasmanian Assessment Bilateral Agreement.
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If you have any questions about the bilateral agreement with Tasmania:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 1800 423 135 between 9 am and 5 pm Canberra time.