Friday 05/04/2013 ABC News
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is cutting the time it spends to approve projects that could pose a risk to the environment.
Under the changes, the authority will fast-track projects that pose a low risk to the environment and spend less time assessing other projects.
The EPA says this will make the authority more transparent and help the State Government cut red tape by 25 per cent.
The Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it will also reduce the administrative burden on business.
But Elizabeth McKinnon of the Environment Defenders Office says fast tracking projects could lead to less accountability.
There should be the ability of a community member or a third party to challenge that decision, she said.
The EPA says the community will have the right to challenge final approvals in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.