Bilateral agreements under the EPBC Act: How easy is it to cut green tape? (Part 1)

Overlapping State and Commonwealth approval requirements leading to project risks The environmental approval process under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) operates in parallel to State-based approval processes, such as the development consent process under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (EP&A Act). That means that, for example, a…

How do Australian environmental laws compare?

Have you ever considered how Australia’s environment and climate change laws compare to the laws of other countries? Understanding the differences between Australia’s environmental laws and the laws of other countries is important because: An increasing number of companies operating in Australia are also operating in other countries. Multi-national corporations will have environmental obligations in…