The bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland on environmental assessment (the bilateral review agreement) allows the Commonwealth Minister of the Environment to rely on certain environmental impact assessment procedures of the State of Queensland to assess measures under the EPBC Act. For Queensland, there is a bilateral assessment agreement. It replaces the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld), the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) or the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) with environmental impact assessment. Under this agreement, the Commonwealth Environment Minister retains final decision-making authority. At present, there is no bilateral authorization agreement. Issues of National Environmental Importance (MNES) listed in the EPBC Act are matters considered to be of national importance for protection. MNES includes ramsar sites, World Heritage sites, threatened species and listed ecological communities, as well as migratory species, including those protected by international agreements. Queensland has five areas covered by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. When a project is being evaluated and the bilateral agreement is no longer applicable (e.g. B if the action in question is withdrawn from the group covered by the bilateral action), either cancelled or suspended, the draft law provides for a transition process. In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Queensland and the NSW Governments, it is expected that the Commonwealth Minister will have concluded a bilateral authorisation with both States by approximately mid-September 2014. Not all controlled measures are assessed by a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIA). For example, under the EPBC Act, the assessment may be done through the submission of “preliminary documents” by the proponent.
The Alternative Impact Assessment Report (IAR) procedure under the SDPWO Act is within the scope of the assessment options defined by the EPBC Act and is part of the bilateral assessment agreement. Communication on the intention to draw up a draft bilateral agreement with Queensland on environmental authorisation (PDF – 69.38 KB) | (DOCX – 25.63 KB) The bilateral agreement only covers the evaluation requirements of the EPBC evaluation process. The Commonwealth Government retains its separate licensing powers in accordance with Part 9 of the EPBC Act. As part of the environmental assessment agreement and accredited procedures, the General Coordinator shall make the HIA assessment report available to the Commonwealth Minister. Local government should grant approvals for bilateral licensing agreement Streamlined federal environmental assessments and approvals came closer with the introduction of amendments to the Environmental Protection and Conservation Act in the Federal Parliament in 1999 and the publication of new draft approvals for bilateral agreements for New South Wales and Queensland. On this page you will find all recent documents relating to bilateral agreements under the Environmental Protection and Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland for environmental assessment and approval. The bilateral agreement applies to proposals that are “controlled measures” that are subject to review under Part 8 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and that are subject to an ISA assessment process: the Commonwealth environmental impact assessment process may be managed by the State under the bilateral agreement, but the Commonwealth Minister is in favour of approving and defining the measure. . . .