The Australian government has reached a new agreement with New South Wales – Amendment No. 1. It amends the bilateral agreement signed in 2015 (the initial agreement). This agreement was reached pursuant to Section 45 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999 (EPBC) (EPBC Act) relating to environmental assessment. The current agreement improves the rationalization of the benefits of the single window ahead of an approved bilateral agreement. The current agreement aims to promote effective, thorough and transparent environmental regulation while minimizing duplication. The current agreement replaces the existing agreement, which was in service from December 20, 2013 to February 25, 2015. On this page you will find all recent documents relating to bilateral environmental assessment and licensing agreements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) between the Commonwealth and the State of New South Wales. The legal public notice on the Proposed NSW Approval expired on Friday, June 13, 2014. People usually find the signing of government agreements quite boring. However, on Wednesday, September 16, people with disabilities living in Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) experienced a great deal of excitement. On that day, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) became an education and training program.

This is because the full deployment has been announced for Victoria and NSW. The full introduction means that the NDIS is available to help anyone with a permanent and significant disability living in NSW or Victoria until mid-2019, not just people living in experimental areas. Matthew Wright, CEO of the Australian Federation of Disability Organizations, said: “This is a turning point for people with disabilities and their families in Australia and for the NDIS.” The proposed bilateral approval agreement provides for the accreditation of procedures in New South Wales for approval of proposed measures that would otherwise be reviewed by the Australian government for approval under the EPBC Act. Only a decision that determines the granting of the authorization is made by New South Wales, which is responsible for national environmental issues and issues. When the South Australian government and the Commonwealth government concluded their first bilateral agreement, they thought there would be fewer people with disabilities to be part of the NDIS than in that country. A maximum number of NDIS participants was decided, but it turned out that it was much less than the number of people who needed help, and it now seems that they are no longer taking. A new bilateral agreement would be very important, as people with disabilities in South Australia want full access to the NDIS. People also want the introduction of NDIS to be agreed in other states and territories.

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