On 26 February 2015, the Commonwealth and NSW Governments signed a new Bilateral Agreement under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) relating to environmental assessment.
The Bilateral Agreement accredits NSW to conduct a single environmental assessment process for major developments that impact on certain “matters of national environmental significance” under the EPBC Act, by removing the need for separate assessment by the Commonwealth. Importantly, the final decision on whether to approve the impacts on matters of national environmental significance is made by the Commonwealth.
The Bilateral Agreement also extends to applications made under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), as well as development applications on key sites of State significance where the Minister for Planning is the consent authority.
Bilateral Agreement - February 2015
The Minister for Planning has established an advisory committee under section 22 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 to consider the operation of regional development corporations in NSW established under the Growth Centres (Development Corporations) Act 1974.
The purpose of the advisory committee is to examine the current model and provide the Minister with independent advice on ways that it could be improved to enable regional development corporations to most effectively promote the economic development of their regions.
Page last updated: 07/07/2017