One-Stop Shop: Bilateral agreements in Tasmania

BilateralsThe Federal and Tasmanian governments have released a draft approval bilateral agreement for comment.  Under the agreement, developments that are approved by the State government under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993, Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 or the State Policies and Projects Act 1993 will no longer require approval from the Commonwealth Minister under the EPBC Act (creating a “one-stop shop” for environmental approvals).

Submissions in relation to the draft approval bilateral agreement can be made until 11 September 2014.

EDO Tasmania, EIANZ and the National Environmental Law Association are holding a discussion forum on 3 September 2014 looking at what bilateral agreements will mean for Tasmania.  How will the accreditation process work? Will assessments be quicker? Who will make decisions? Will
environmental standards be compromised?

Speakers include:

  • James Barker, Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Reform Taskforce, Department of Environment (Cth)
  • Alex Schaap, Director, Environment Protection Authority
  • Dr Chris McGrath, Barrister and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Regulation, University of Queensland (by video link)
  • Catherine Murdoch, Manager Environment, Tasmanian Irrigation
  • Peter McGlone, Tasmanian Conservation Trust

bilaterals logos           For details of this event, click here.

EDO Tasmania’s submission on the draft assessment bilateral

Explanatory document for the draft approval bilateral

ANEDO position paper on the one-stop shop approach

Dr Chris McGrath – A critical evaluation of the One-Stop Shop policy

EDO Bulletin 16 released

EDO Tas Logo - no wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features information about the draft approval bilateral agreement, the extension to the existing GMO moratorium and the new Species of National Environmental Significance Database … plus the usual details about opportunities to comment and upcoming events.  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

North of the Sun

Film crowdEDO’s screening of North of the Sun, including a presentation by Matt Dell on the South West Marine Debris Clean Up, was a raging success – big thanks to Red Herring Surf, UTas, Wildcare Inc and Maria Island Walks for sponsoring the event.

For anyone who missed out, or who’d like to watch the film again, go to We’ll be organising northern screenings later in the year, so stay tuned…

Thanks also to our generous prize donors, Bonorong Wildlife Park, Cloudy Bay Cabins, Pennicott Wilderness tours, Red Herring Surf, Mick Lawrence and Simon Trewek.
(Image:  Thomas Moore)

EDO Bulletin 15 released

EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features information about the approval of Australia’s largest coal mine, the issuing of the largest financial penalty for an environmental offence and amendments to allow a larger development area on Mount Wellington… plus the usual details about opportunities to comment and upcoming events.  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

EDO: helping Tasmanians protect their environment

Watch the last in our series of videos about our work – a compilation of stories about EDO Tasmania helping coastcare groups, environmental projects, rural communities and urban residents.

Launch: The Community Guide to Mining

338214EDO Tasmania is hosting a launch for the Community Guide to Mining at the Old Woolstore, Hobart on 3 September 2014.

EDO Tasmania has prepared a Community Guide to Mining (the Guide), a publication designed to assist the community to understand their rights and responsibilities and to engage effectively in the decision-making process in regards to mining in Tasmania.

The legal framework regulating mining and unconventional gas in Tasmania is complex and confusing, particularly for the uninitiated. Community groups, farmers and landholders have voiced concern and uncertainty about their legal rights and responsibilities regarding mineral exploration and extraction.

The launch is an opportunity to hear a bit more about the Guide, the upcoming workshops and to grab your free copy!

If you are interested in attending the launch, please make sure you register as numbers are limited:

EDO Bulletin 14 released

EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features details regarding the draft assessment bilateral agreement, challenge to EPA amendments to a Tarkine mine, upcoming mining workshops and other events.  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Draft Assessment Bilateral Agreement released

The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have released a draft Assessment Bilateral Agreement for public comment.

The agreement, which will replace the existing bilateral agreementallows environmental impact assessment processes under Tasmanian legislation to be accredited for the purpose of assessing actions under the EPBC Act.  

Specifically, the Bilateral agreement seeks to accredit assessments under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 and the State Policies and Projects Act 1993. 

Comments on the draft Bilateral Agreement must be submitted by 15 August 2014.  For more information, visit the Department of Environment website.

This is the first part of the Commonwealth government’s ‘one stop shop’ policy.  The second, an Approval Bilateral Agreement devolving responsibility for decisions under the EPBC Act to the Tasmanian government, is expected to be completed by 18 September 2014.  

North of the Sun – Fundraising film night

North of the Sun Flier - Stanley Burbury (3)EDO Tasmania is hosting a fundraising film night, featuring award-winning film, North of the Sun. Set in the remote arctic, two Norwegians build a cabin from flotsam and clear the beach of debris. They then spend the long winter skiing and surfing. The screening will also include Tassie surf clips and a presentation from Matt Dell, keen surfer and coordinator of the South West Marine Debris Clean-up.

Date: Thursday, 7 August 2014

Time: 6.15pm (for a 6.30 start) – 8.30pm

Venue: Stanley Burbury Theatre, Churchill Avenue, University of  Tasmania, Hobart

Cost: $10 or $5 concession (plus booking fee)

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at


EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition provides details of the, Threatened Species Commissioner, the Mt Lindsay mining lease, the Mt Wellington cable car and the progress of the carbon tax repeal.  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.