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Edition Number 403. Updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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Standards released for one-stop approvals

The Government has released the accreditation standards for environmental approvals in its bid to deliver One-Stop Shop policy reforms.

The Standards for Accreditation of Environmental Approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 set out the various matters for consideration in accrediting State and Territory assessment and approval processes.

It aims to ensure high standards of environmental protection continue to be maintained.

According to the Government, each State and Territory may achieve the standards through their own regulatory systems and processes, but this must be consistent with the requirements of national environment law.

Environmental protections stressed

The One-Stop Shop policy will create a single environmental approval process that satisfies both State and Commonwealth requirements.

Last year the Commonwealth Government signed Memoranda of Understanding with all States and Territories, and it is now working towards signing bilateral assessment agreements with all jurisdictions.

According to the Government, bilateral assessment agreements have already been signed with Queensland and New South Wales and draft agreements with South Australian and the ACT have been released for public comment.

The Government said it was committed to cutting red tape and the One-Stop Shop reforms were a key element of its deregulation agenda.

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