Your opportunity to comment on issues near you

On this page you will find national (Commonwealth) consultations and calls for public comment under the EPBC (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation) Act.

For public consultations in your state or territory, go to:

For tips on how to write a good submission, click here.

To help you get started, here’s check out the EDO’s template for EPBC Referral submissions.

National

NEW consultations & inquiries – updated 1 December 2021

Future Gas Infrastructure Investment Framework

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking expressions of interest in relation to government support for mid-stream gas infrastructure projects.
Public comment closes on 10 January 2022 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 1 December 2021

Threatened species listing: Scalloped Hammerhead

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 10 December 2021 >>

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2022 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the Release, providing an opportunity to comment on potential areas for release and exploration activities.
Public comment closes on 14 December 2021 >>

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Equipment Energy Efficiency E3 Program Review

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on 4 determinations under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (Cth) that are due to expire by 2025.
Public comment closes on 14 December 2021 >>

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Improving the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the proposed changes to the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme.
Public comment closes on 16 December 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Jagara Hairy Crayfish

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Jagara hairy crayfish (Euastacus jagara) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 16 December 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: A shrub

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of a shrub (Bertya sp. Clouds Creek) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 5 January 2022 >>

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Threatened species listing: A shrub

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of a shrub (Corokia whiteana) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 5 January 2022 >>

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Threatened species listing: A shrub

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of a shrub (Pomaderris gilmourii var. gilmourii) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 5 January 2022 >>

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Threatened species listing: Duck’s-head wasp-orchid

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Duck’s-head wasp-orchid (Chiloglottis anaticeps) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 5 January 2022 >>

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Threatened species listing: Grey deua pomaderris

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the grey deua pomaderris (Pomaderris gilmourii var. cana) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 5 January 2022 >>

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Threatened species listing: Johnson’s cycad

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of Johnson’s cycad (Macrozamia johnsonii) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 5 January 2022 >>

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Threatened species listing: Malanda rainbowfish

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the malanda rainbowfish (Melanotaenia sp. nov. ‘Malanda’) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 5 January 2022 >>

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Threatened species listing: Oxleyan Pygmy Perch

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the oxleyan pygmy perch (Nannoperca oxleyana) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 5 January 2022 >>

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Threatened species listing: Parma wallaby

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the parma wallaby (Notamacropus parma) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 5 January 2022 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 1 December 2021 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Rosebery, Tasmania: Proposal to undertake geotechnical works and investigation activities. The works are likely to impact the Tasmanian Forests and Woodlands dominated by black gum or Brookers gum (Eucalyptus ovata / E. brookeriana) Threatened Ecological Community, wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax fleayi), white-bellied sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), Tasmanian masked owl (Tyto novaehollandiae castanops) and scrambling ground fern (Hypolepis distans). Comments close on 1 December 2021.

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Harvey, WA: Proposal to construct a switchyard and easement on an existing solar farm site. The construction is likely to impact the Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), Baudin’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii) and forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso). Comments close on 2 December 2021.

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Burpengary East, QLD: Proposal for waterways and a waterfront residential development. The development is likely to impact the Moreton Bay wetland (a Ramsar site), Coastal Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca) Forest of New South Wales and South East Queensland (a Threatened Ecological Community), knotweed (Persicaria elatior), lesser swamp-orchid (Phaius australis), yellow swamp-orchid (Phaius bernaysii), Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis), bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri), curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferrunginea), eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), great knot (Calidris tenuirostris), greater sand plover (Charadrius leschenaultia), grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), lesser sand plover (Charadrius mongolus) and many more species. Comments close on 6 December 2021.

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near Port Hedland, WA: Proposal to construct and operate an underground gold mine. The construction and operation are likely to impact the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis), night parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis), great desert skink (Liopholis kintorei) and fringed fire-bush (Seringia exastia). Comments close on 6 December 2021.

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NEW | Carnamah, WA: Proposal to construct and operate the Eneabba Rare Earth Refinery. The construction and operation are likely to impact the Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). Comments close on 8 December 2021.

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NEW | Bunbury, WA: Proposal to construct a distribution pipeline to provide treated wastewater as part of a Recycled Water Treatment Plant (proposed in a separate proposal). The pipeline is likely to impact the Clay Pans of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) Woodlands and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), Baudin’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii), forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) and western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis). Comments close on 9 December 2021.

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NEW | Cudgen, NSW: Proposal to expand the existing Hanson Tweed Sand Plant. The expansion is likely to impact the Coastal Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca) Forest of New South Wales and South East Queensland (a Threatened Ecological Community). Comments close on 13 December 2021.

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NEW | near Moora, WA: Proposal to develop a new quartzite mine. The development is likely to impact the Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), watheroo wattle (Acacia aristulata) and Diels’ daviesia (Daviesia dielsii). Comments close on 14 December 2021.


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