A critical evaluation of the One‐Stop Shop policy

McGrath, Chris (2014) A critical evaluation of the One‐Stop Shop policy. Australian Environmental Law Digest, 1 .

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Author McGrath, Chris
Title A critical evaluation of the One‐Stop Shop policy
Journal name Australian Environmental Law Digest
ISSN 2203-935X
Publication date 2014-08
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status
Volume 1
Total pages 8
Place of publication Surrey Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher National Environmental Law Association (NELA)
Language eng
Abstract The Australian Government is establishing what it calls a “One‐Stop Shop” for environmental approvals. This principally involves entering approval bilaterals with State and Territory governments to accredit their decisions as satisfying any approval requirements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). The Federal Environment Minister claims that the One‐Stop Shop “will slash red tape and increase jobs and investment, whilst maintaining environmental standards”. Whether the claimed benefits are achievable is an open question and there are serious potential problems with the proposed system. There is remarkably little evidence to support the claim that significant time and costs savings will be achieved by the policy. It also undermines one of the key functions and benefits of the EPBC Act in practice – to provide an appropriate level of oversight for State government decisions. 
Keyword One-Stop Shop
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)
Approval bilateral
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes http://nela.org.au/NELA/NELR/Critical_Evaluation_One_Stop_Shop_Policy_Chris_McGrath.pdf

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Created: Tue, 05 Aug 2014, 17:06:07 EST by Dr Chris Mcgrath on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management