Premier Mark McGowan has leant on Scott Morrison to sign an agreement to fast-track approvals for major resources projects, arguing it will bring on much needed jobs in WA.

Mr McGowan announced at the Resources Technology Showcase that he has written to the Prime Minister to request that the Federal Government establishes an Environmental Approvals Bilateral Agreement.

That agreement would mean WA would be accredited to conduct the environmental assessment on major projects in the State and issue a single approval, eliminating the need for a Federal tick.

That move could slash approval times by about six months.

“Industry has been crying out for bilateral approvals and we are responding to these calls,” Mr McGowan, pictured, said.

“Western Australia is on the cusp of a new era in large-scale resources projects, including the Browse and Scarborough developments, which will deliver a pipeline of jobs into the future.”

Mr McGowan said the current approvals process was too slow and there was too much duplication at State and Commonwealth levels.

“We need to do everything we can to speed up approvals and bring on these new jobs as a matter of urgency,” he said.

The agreement, which would not require legislative change, would complement the State and Federal government’ recent agreement to create an online portal system to submit and track approval applications.