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At present, there is no bilateral authorization agreement. The current agreement enhances the benefits of streamlining the Single Window prior to the adoption of a bilateral authorization agreement. The current agreement achieves the objective of promoting effective, thorough and transparent environmental regulation, while minimising duplication. The current agreement will replace the previous agreement, which was in service from December 20, 2013 to February 25, 2015. The legal deadline for the publication of notices on Western Australia`s draft bilateral approval agreement expired on Friday 13 February 2015. Holders of an EPBC authorisation may possibly contribute to the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Fund in order to fulfil the conditions of their authorisation: when the Act was introduced, the Commonwealth Environment Minister stated that the Government is currently cooperating with all states and territories to conclude bilateral authorisation agreements allowing States to: “to make licensing decisions that take into account both government affairs and matters of national environmental importance at the Commonwealth level.” The draft bilateral licensing agreement provides for the accreditation of Western Australia`s processes for the approval of proposed measures that would otherwise be assessed by the Australian Government for approval under the EPBC Act. Only one decision, including the conditions of authorisation, is taken by Western Australia, taking into account the issues of Western Australia and matters of national environmental importance. Draft bilateral agreement on Environmental Permits for Tasmania (PDF – 656.34 KB) | (DOCX – 180.66 KB) In accordance with Article 45(3) of the EPBC Act, the Minister must publish, as soon as possible after the start of the process of drawing up a draft bilateral agreement with a State or territory, a communication on the intention to draw up a draft bilateral agreement. The notice is published on the government bulletin board, in a daily newspaper circulating in the state or territory and on the ministry`s website.
In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Environment will provide more regular monitoring of compensation under NSW offsetting agreements for the purposes of project-wide EPBC approvals. . . .