Bilateral Agreement Queensland

Bilateral Agreement Queensland

The bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland on environmental assessment (the bilateral assessment agreement) allows the Commonwealth Environment Minister to use certain procedures for assessing the environmental impact of the State of Queensland to assess the measures under EPBC. The explanatory document contains more detailed information on the draft bilateral approval agreement. Although commonly referred to as the “bilateral agreement,” its full title is “A bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland, under Section 45 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation 1999 with respect to environmental impact assessment.” Currently, there is no bilateral authorization agreement. The bilateral agreement applies to “controlled measures” that require assessment in accordance with Part 8 of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC) and are part of a 1999 SYSTEM assessment process. Notice of intent to develop draft bilateral agreement with Queensland on environmental approval (PDF – 69.38 KB) (DOCX – 25.63 KB) Section 45 (3) of the EPBC Act requires the Minister to issue, as soon as possible after the start of the draft bilateral agreement with a state or territory, a declaration of intent for the development of a draft bilateral agreement. The notice is published in the government newspaper, in a daily newspaper that circulates in the state or territory and on the ministry`s website. The legal public notice on the Queensland proposed authorisation expired on Friday, June 13, 2014. The bilateral agreement only covers the evaluation requirements of the EPBC Act evaluation procedure. The Commonwealth Government retains its separate powers of authorization in accordance with Part 9 of the EPBC Act.

Interested parties` comments on the proposed Queensland Bilateral Assessment Agreement were finalized on Friday, November 21, 2014. The final bilateral agreement will contain a list of processes that the Federal Minister of the Environment has accredited. These processes are called “accredited processes.” Proposed measures under an accredited procedure do not require separate removal, assessment or approval from the Australian government. On this page you will find all the recent documents relating to the bilateral agreements on the protection and biodiversity of the Environment Act 1999 (EPBC) between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland with respect to environmental impact assessment and authorization. The proposed bilateral approval agreement provides for the accreditation of Queensland procedures for approving proposed measures that would otherwise be reviewed by the Australian government for approval under the EPBC Act.


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