The process of reforming the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is under way and a bill to streamline the bilateral authorisation procedure was introduced in Parliament last week. The draft bilateral licensing agreement provides for the accreditation of South Australia`s processes for the approval of proposed measures that would otherwise be assessed by the Australian Government for approval under the EPBC Act. Only one decision, including conditions of authorisation, is taken by South Australia, taking into account issues of Southern Australia and matters of national environmental importance. Among other things (and most importantly), the bill aims to amend the EPBC Act to make it much easier to transfer environmental permits to states and territories through bilateral agreements. The successful implementation of this new accredited assessment trajectory relies on the cooperation and agreement between the proponent (the applicant) and the City Council to follow this path. The following projects are currently being assessed by Victoria under the bilateral agreement, pursuant to section 45 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), with respect to environmental assessment. The legal deadline for public comment on the draft bilateral approval agreement for Southern Australia expired on Monday, 2 February 2015. .