New & Changing Work Authorities (Issue 39)

By on June 12, 2008

Understanding the time it takes for a Work Authority to be approved is an important business tool. SARAH ANDREW, CMPA Project Manager reports.

REGULAR readers of the CMPA News would be aware we provide a regular update on the status of Work Authority applications (for Greenfield sites) and variations as presented in the fortnightly report released by the Department of Primary Industries.

This report is available from the DPI’s website and includes details of where each Work Authority application or variation is at and when it reached this point.

In addition, by utilising this information and the DPI’s GeoVic access point, readers can establish the Work Authority holder’s details.

The table below provides details on the applications approval process sorted by approval stage, being:

  • Not yet endorsed: Work Authorities that have been presented to the DPI, but are not endorsed. It may be pending further information from the applicant, or advice from the DPI or other referral authority.
  • Endorsed, not approved: Work Authorities that have been endorsed by the DPI, however have not yet attained their planning permit and therefore approval to operate.
  • Approved: Work Authorities that have been approved in the last 6 months and are ready to commence operations.

Between May and July, there has been an increase of at least 14 days in the time frame for new Work Authority applications.

In addition, the time frame for Work Authority variations not yet endorsed or endorsed but not approved has increased by at least 19 days.

Interestingly, the time frame for a variation to be approved has improved by almost 30 days. Th e chart details the age of those applications which are outstanding, calculated from the date they were first presented to the DPI.

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