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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Maximum term contracts considered by the Commission: has their use expired? December 11, 2017

Last week, in what is a decision with potentially significant implications, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench has overturned the legal principle underpinning the widespread use of maximum term contracts. These contracts are a common … Continued

Creating national consistency for environmental assessment and approvals

We advised the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy on a major restructure of the environmental assessment and approval processes around Australia.

Environmental law in Australia operates at each tier of government. The Commonwealth exercises its functions primarily through the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). This includes provisions requiring the assessment and approval of actions that have a significant impact on matters of ‘national environmental significance’.

In many instances, the assessment and approval regime under the EPBC Act overlaps with state-based regimes. To overcome the potential for doubling up, the states and the Commonwealth can enter into ‘bilateral agreements’ for assessment and approval processes.

While bilateral agreements have been in place for a number of years, the Council of Australian Governments agreed the process of making bilateral approval agreements should be streamlined. It was proposed that the Commonwealth could accredit approval processes under State legislation so that once the State approval was in place, the Commonwealth approval would apply concurrently.

Maddocks advised on the drafting of bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and each state and territory government, ensuring the approval processes could satisfy the legal requirements under the EPBC Act.

This work has afforded our Environment team with excellent knowledge of the local, state and Commonwealth environmental laws throughout Australia.

We advised the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy on a major restructure of the environmental assessment and approval processes around Australia.

Environmental law in Australia operates at each tier of government. The Commonwealth exercises its functions primarily through the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). This includes provisions requiring the assessment and approval of actions that have a significant impact on matters of ‘national environmental significance’.

In many instances, the assessment and approval regime under the EPBC Act overlaps with state-based regimes. To overcome the potential for doubling up, the states and the Commonwealth can enter into ‘bilateral agreements’ for assessment and approval processes.

While bilateral agreements have been in place for a number of years, the Council of Australian Governments agreed the process of making bilateral approval agreements should be streamlined. It was proposed that the Commonwealth could accredit approval processes under State legislation so that once the State approval was in place, the Commonwealth approval would apply concurrently.

Maddocks advised on the drafting of bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and each state and territory government, ensuring the approval processes could satisfy the legal requirements under the EPBC Act.

This work has afforded our Environment team with excellent knowledge of the local, state and Commonwealth environmental laws throughout Australia.