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Assisting the Commonwealth Government in drafting and negotiating major agreements June 23, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Department of Health on the drafting and negotiation of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (the 6CPA) with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Since 1990, the Government and the Pharmacy Guild have … Continued

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Patrick Ibbotson announced as new chairman of Maddocks June 14, 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 One of Australia’s leading planning and environment lawyers has been elected the new chairman of Maddocks. Sydney-based partner Patrick Ibbotson will take over the role on 1 July. Patrick has been … Continued

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Private equity and franchise networks: the next growth phase? June 15, 2017

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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.