The final bilateral agreement will contain a list of processes that the Federal Minister of the Environment has accredited. 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 agreement reflects the joint responsibility of the two governments in the national disability insurance system and provides that both governments can make pre-program contributions. The proposed bilateral approval agreement provides for the accreditation of Queensland procedures for approving proposed measures that would otherwise be reviewed by the Australian government for approval under the EPBC Act. Only a decision on conditions of authorisation is made by Queensland, with Queensland taking into account issues and issues relating to the national environment. The legal public notice on the Queensland proposed authorisation expired on Friday, June 13, 2014. There is currently no bilateral authorisation agreement. The explanatory document contains more detailed information on the draft bilateral approval agreement. Section 45 (3) of the EPBC Act requires the Minister to issue, as soon as possible after the start of the draft bilateral agreement with a state or territory, a declaration of intent for the development of a draft bilateral agreement. The notice is published in the government newspaper, in a daily newspaper that circulates in the state or territory and on the ministry`s website. On this page you will find all the recent documents relating to the bilateral agreements on the protection and biodiversity of the Environment Act 1999 (EPBC) between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland with respect to environmental impact assessment and authorization. The Queensland and Commonwealth government has just signed a general NDIS regulatory agreement that will come into force on July 1, 2020.
Comments from interested parties on the proposed Queensland Assessment Agreement were concluded on Friday, November 21, 2014. The bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland on environmental assessment (the bilateral assessment agreement) allows the Commonwealth Environment Minister to use certain procedures for assessing the environmental impact of the State of Queensland to assess the measures under EPBC. While all parts of Queensland switched to NDIS at the end of June, the Commonwealth and Queensland authorities acknowledge that the number of participants in the Queensland Transition Period course did not meet the bilateral estimate of 91,217 participants.