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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Before Senate
Portfolio
Environment

Summary

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: provide that, where an approval bilateral agreement declares that an action in a class of actions does not require approval, the action may not be referred to the minister for assessment and approval under Part 7 of the Act; enable the minister to complete an assessment and approval of an action where a bilateral agreement with a state or territory is suspended or cancelled, or an approval bilateral agreement otherwise ceases to apply to a particular action; remove the current prohibition on approval bilateral agreements applying to an action that has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on water resources (the water trigger); allow the minister to accredit a broader range of state and territory approval processes for the purposes of approval bilateral agreements; enable the states and territories to make minor changes to environmental assessment processes without the need for the amendment of a bilateral agreement or the re-accreditation of a management arrangement or authorisation process; and make technical amendments in relation to the making and operation of bilateral agreements.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 27/08/20  
Second reading moved 27/08/20  
Second reading debate 03/09/20  
Second reading agreed to 03/09/20  
Third reading moved 03/09/20  
Third reading debated 03/09/20  
Third reading agreed to 03/09/20  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 06/10/20  
Second reading moved 06/10/20  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
STEGGALL, Zali, MP

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes