The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) allows bilateral agreements between the Australian and Western Australian (WA) governments. These let us accredit WA environmental assessment and approval processes. Assessment bilateral agreements have existed with all states and territories since 2015.
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 Western Australia
The assessment agreement between the Australian and Western Australian governments began on 1 January 2015.
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Intention for a draft assessment bilateral agreement
In 2016, the Western Australian Government published changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment (Part IV Divisions 1 and 2) Administrative Procedures 2016 under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA).
These changes mean the original agreement no longer apply to some proposals.
The Australian and WA governments have agreed to a process to make a new assessment bilateral agreement.
This new agreement will:
- streamline environmental assessments between governments
- update the arrangements by removing and replacing the existing agreement.
Under the EPBC Act, the Environment minister must publish a notice of intention to develop a draft bilateral agreement. They must do this as soon as possible after starting to draft an agreement with a state or territory.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about bilateral agreements with Western Australia:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 1800 423 135 between 9 am and 5 pm Canberra time.