3.3 The parties believe that strong, growing and diversified economies (linked to the principles of sustainable ecological development) can strengthen the capacity to protect the environment. To achieve sustainable economic development, a country`s international competitiveness must be preserved and improved in an environmentally friendly manner. Compliance with government environmental and planning rules and two. The Commonwealth will consult with states and do everything in its power to obtain approval for an indicative list of World Heritage sites. States agree to consult with relevant local authorities and interested groups (including conservation and industry groups) on real estate that will be on the indicative list before being submitted to the Commonwealth. If conservation or other groups or individuals make proposals for an indicative list directly to the Commonwealth, they are submitted for notice to the state concerned.  The Australian Local Government Association is a signatory to the agreement, although its participation in THE NEPC is considered a non-voting member of the NEPC Public Service Committee. IGAE, ibid., paragraph 1.11: IGAE now confirms that the Association of Local Governments of Australia is a party to the agreement, but cannot compel local authorities to abide by their terms. It is included because the federal state and the federal states wanted to recognize the responsibility and interests of municipalities in the environment.
1.11 The Commonwealth, the States and the Australian Local Government Association recognize that, although the association is a party to this agreement, it cannot compel local authorities to abide by the terms of this agreement. However, given the environmental responsibilities and interests of local communities and the recognition of the partnership between the three levels of government as part of the special conference process, the Commonwealth and The States have joined the Australian Local Government Association as a party to this agreement and have included references to the agreement to local communities and all levels of government. 6.51 The Committee considers that there are major, perhaps insurmountable, problems that need to be addressed to make IGAE and NEPC effective. The continued potential for inconsistency and, more importantly, the voluntary nature of these agreements make the protection of the Australian environment highly exposed to short-term political and economic considerations. The Committee believes that this has the potential to undermine Australia`s long-term commitment to environmentally sustainable development. Opportunities for adequate and appropriate public consultation on the environmental aspects of the proposals are proposed before the evaluation process is completed.  3.2 The parties consider that the adoption of good environmental practices and best practices will serve as the basis for ecologically sustainable development, both for the Australian people and the environment, as well as for the international community and the environment. This requires the effective integration of economic and environmental considerations into decision-making processes, in order to improve the well-being of the Community and to use future generations. The Northern Australia Indigenous Development Agreement (the agreement) is an intergovernmental agreement to promote indigenous economic development as an important part of the Northern Development Agenda.
The Agreement recognizes that Aboriginal participation in the economy is essential to fully achieving the development of Northern Australia and provides a framework for cooperation and an individual framework for cooperation between governments to promote aboriginal economic development in northern Australia. 6.33 Although the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) criticizes the Commonwealth for its removal of its responsibilities under the IGAE, it has described the IGAE as a document aimed at “reducing duplication between different levels of government and increasing the effectiveness of environmental protection decision-making.”