The revised bilateral agreement includes the evaluation of actions in the commonwealth or Commonwealth agencies. This applies only to measures for which the NSW and Australia governments agree that the project is appropriate for evaluation under the bilateral agreement. Projects that take place on Commonwealth land (for example. B a large road or rail project crossing a segment of Commonwealth countries) or being implemented by Commonwealth agencies may be assessed under the amended bilateral agreement. This applies only to measures for which the NSW and Australia governments agree that the project is appropriate for evaluation under the bilateral agreement. Currently, there is no bilateral authorization agreement. On this page you will find all recent documents relating to bilateral environmental assessment and licensing agreements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) between the Commonwealth and the State of New South Wales. The bilateral evaluation agreement applies only to large projects (the NSW government being the approval authority), as it is an agreement between the NSW and the Australian government. In order to streamline the benefits for all NSW supporters who need to use the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) and who must be approved in accordance with the EPBC Act, the Australian government has approved the BOS as part of the EPBC Act`s enforcement policy. This means that any NSW supporter who requires an EPBC-Act authorization can use NSW BOS to assess and meet its biodiversity compensation requirements. If the project is defined as a controlled action under the EPBC Act as a result of the amendment to the bilateral agreement, supporters will have access to the NSW BOS in order to meet their aforementioned compensation obligations. NSW and the Australian governments agreed that the bilateral agreement should be amended as a result of legislative changes in NSW. These amendments include the launch of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Act 2017.
The final bilateral agreement will contain a list of processes in New South Wales accredited by the Federal Environment Minister. These processes are called “accredited processes.” Proposed measures under an accredited procedure do not require separate removal, assessment or approval from the Australian government. The current agreement improves the rationalization of the benefits of the single window ahead of an approved bilateral agreement. The current agreement aims to promote effective, thorough and transparent environmental regulation while minimizing duplication. The current agreement replaces the existing agreement, which was in service from December 20, 2013 to February 25, 2015. The NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) has been approved by the Australian government as part of the revised bilateral agreement. The revised bilateral agreement recognizes the comprehensive environmental assessment and biodiversity compensation framework that works in NSW and accredits these processes and strategies for most types of projects2. The bilateral agreement applies to some major projects under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP-A Act). These include significant infrastructure projects (SSI) and State Significant Development (SSD) projects, as well as amendments requiring evaluation and approval under the EPBC Act.