On this page you will find all recent documents relating to bilateral agreements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) between the Commonwealth and the State of Tasmania with respect to environmental impact assessment and authorization. The proposed bilateral approval agreement provides for the accreditation of Tasmanian procedures for the approval of proposed measures that would otherwise be reviewed by the Australian government for approval under the EPBC Act. Only a decision on the conditions of authorisation is made by Tasmania, taking into account Tasmanian issues and issues relating to the national environment. The explanatory document contains more detailed information on the draft bilateral approval agreement. On 7 December 2012, COAG reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to a national disability insurance system (NDIS) by signing an intergovernmental agreement for the launch of the NDIS. New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory have signed bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth that confirm operational and financial details for the deployment of the NDIS at each launch point. This is the current responsibility for bilateral agreements between national and federal governments and the NDIA. If service providers are to remain within the information and support solution of the market and the resolution of the day-to-day operational issues of transition and operation within the system, they should be funded for the delivery of this service. The agreement reflects the joint responsibility of the two governments in the national disability insurance system and provides that both governments can make pre-program contributions. The legal public notice on the proposed Tasmanian authorization expired on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
The bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and Tasmania on environmental assessment (the bilateral agreement) allows the Commonwealth Minister of the Environment to use certain procedures for assessing Tasmania`s environmental impacts to assess the measures under the EPBC Act. The final bilateral authorization agreement will contain a list of Tasmanian processes accredited by the Federal Minister of the Environment. These processes are called “accredited processes.” Proposed measures under an accredited procedure do not require separate removal, assessment or approval from the Australian government.