The framework for a one-stop shop to streamline environmental approvals has been approved by the Government.
to slash 'green tape'
The aim of the new framework will be to slash red tape and increase jobs and investment, whilst maintaining environmental standards.
The one-stop shop will be achieved through a three-stage process.
First there will be a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with each of the willing States on the key principles, confirming co-operation on achieving a single process.
Following that there will be agreement on bilateral assessments and updating those which have already been in place. Finally there will an agreement on bilateral approvals within 12 months.
Significant work has already been undertaken with the States in drafting the first Memorandum of Understanding. Each will be signed by the Prime Minister and the respective Premier.
Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt said the first MoU was expected to be signed shortly as part of its commitment to cut red tape.
“This is about setting the highest standards, making swift decisions and delivering certain outcomes,” he said.
“The Government will also continue working with the States on approving strategic assessments which provide a further simplification of the process for project approvals.”
He said that to assist the process, the Government was also offering to place staff in State offices to ensure the implementation occurred as smoothly and as quickly as possible.
Edition 384, 22 October 2013