Bilateral Agreements Regulations

Closed 14 Sep 2021

Opened 24 Aug 2021


Amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) provide for a person to apply for a matter to be considered a ‘bilateral matter’. In broad terms, this is a process for a person who is potentially covered by a bilateral agreement to opt in to being dealt with under that bilateral agreement.

The draft Environmental Protection (Bilateral Agreements) Regulations 2021 set out procedures for how and when a person may apply for a matter to be dealt as a ‘bilateral matter’ under a bilateral agreement.

This explanatory note will guide you through the meaning of the regulations and how they apply.

This three-week consultation applies to the regulations only and not to any potential approval bilateral agreement.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) welcomes all feedback on the draft Environmental Protection (Bilateral Agreements) Regulations 2021.

The public consultation period will run from Tuesday 24 August 2021 to 5pm on Tuesday 14 September 2021.

Submissions and requests for additional information should be emailed to

About making a submission

Please be aware that in making a submission you are consenting to it being treated as a part of a public document. Your name will be published; however, your contact address will be withheld for privacy.

If you do not consent to your submission being treated as part of a public document, you should mark it as confidential or specifically identify what information in the submission you consider to be confidential, and include an explanation.

Please note that even if your submission is treated as confidential by the department, it may still be disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1992, or any other applicable written law.

The department reserves the right before publishing a submission to delete any content that could be regarded as racially vilifying, derogatory, or defamatory to an individual or an organisation.


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