The Commonwealth Department of the Environment (Department) introduced its “one stop shop” amendments to Parliament on 13 May 2014. One of the proposed amendments is to implement new cost recovery arrangements, so that if an application is required to be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), proponents will be required to pay for the cost of the Department’s assessment. The Department is yet to release any information as to how such costs will be calculated, recorded or passed on. The provision will apply to applications referred on or after 14 May 2014, and is expected to come into force by 1 July 2014. This is conditional on passage of the legislative amendments. Further information is due to be released in June and we will endeavour to keep you informed.