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

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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.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 27 Aug 2020
Second reading moved 27 Aug 2020
Second reading debate 03 Sep 2020
Second reading agreed to 03 Sep 2020
Third reading moved 03 Sep 2020
Third reading debated 03 Sep 2020
Third reading agreed to 03 Sep 2020
Introduced and read a first time 06 Oct 2020
Second reading moved 06 Oct 2020
Lapsed at end of Parliament 25 Jul 2022

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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