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 15 December 2021

Native Vegetation Regeneration Projects

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on proposed new requirements for native vegetation regeneration projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Public comment closes on 14 January 2021 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 15 December 2021

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 >>

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Fire Regimes That Cause Biodiversity Decline

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the proposal to list ‘fire regimes that cause biodiversity decline’ as a key threatening process under the EPBC Act.
Public comment closes on 10 January 2022 >>

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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 >>

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Trade Measurement Policy for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The National Measurement Institute is seeking feedback on the consultation paper proposing options for a regulatory framework to support accurate measurements made using electric vehicle charging stations.
Public comment closes on 31 January 2022 >>

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Low Emissions Technology Statement 2022

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the proposed Low Emissions Technology Statement 2022, which seeks to amend the Technology Investment Roadmap.
Public comment closes on 6 February 2022 >>

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Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the exposure draft of the remake of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009.
Public comment closes on 8 March 2022 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 15 December 2021 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Dungowan Village – Calala, NSW: Proposal to construct a replacement pipeline and associated infrastructure. The construction is likely to impact the River Red Gum riparian tall woodland / open forest wetland in the Nandewar Bioregion and Brigalow Belt South Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community), Blakely’s Red Gum – Yellow Box grassy tall woodland on flats and hills in the Brigalow Belt South Bioregion and Nandewar Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community), marsh club-rush (Bolboschoenus fluviatilis), Juncus spp, pale knotweed (Persicaria lapathifolia), hawkweed (Picris evae), Austral toadflax (Thesium australe), bluegrass (Dichanthium setosum), fork-tailed swift (Apus pacificus), painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta), regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), white-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and many more species. Comments close on 15 December 2021.

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Walliston, WA: Proposal for a residential development. The development is likely to impact the Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) and Baudin’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii). Comments close on 15 December 2021.

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Mount Isa, QLD: Proposal to develop the Mica Creek Renewable Energy Facility. The development is likely to impact the painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta). Comments close on 16 December 2021.

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Glenrowan, VIC: Proposal to construct a utility scale solar farm and associated grid connection infrastructure. The construction is likely to impact the Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grasslands of South-Eastern Australia (a Threatened Ecological Community), painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta), regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia) and swift parrot (Lathamus discolor). Comments close on 20 December 2021.

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Cheltenham – Box Hill, VIC: Proposal to construct and operate a rail service between Cheltenham and Box Hill. The suburban rail loop is likely to impact the swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), growling grass frog (Litoria raniformis), Australian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), Australian grayling (Proctotroctes mareana) and Dwarf Galaxias (Galaxiella pusilla). Comments close on 22 December 2021.

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Richmond, QLD: Proposal to develop an open-cut vanadium mine. The development is likely to impact the grey falcon (Falco hypoleucos), Julia Creek dunnart (Sminthopsis douglasi), fork-tailed swift (Apus pacificus) and oriental pratincole (Glareola maldivarum). Comments close on 22 December 2021.  

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Cascade Bay, NORFOLK ISLAND: Proposal to upgrade and extend Cascade Pier. The construction is likely to impact the Norfolk Island boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae undulata), eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), Campbell’s helicarinoid land snail (Advena campbellii), daisy (Senecio australis), white-bellied storm petrel (Fregetta grallaria grallaria), golden whistler (Norfolk Island) (Pachycephala pectoralis xanthoprocta) and many more species. Comments close on 22 December 2021.

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NEW | Bulloo Shire, QLD: Proposal to undertake petroleum exploration. The project is likely to impact the Great Artesian Basin discharge springs (a Threatened Ecological Community), Coongie Lake (a Ramsar site), grey falcon (Falco hypoleucos), grey grasswren (Bulloo) (Amytornis barbatus barbartus), flame spider-flower (Grevillea kennedyana) and Xerothamnella parvifolia. Comments close on 22 December 2021. 

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NEW | Bowen Basin, QLD: Proposal to operate an open cut metallurgical and thermal coal mine. The operations are likely to impact the Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla dominant and codominant) ecological community, Natural Grasslands of the Queensland Central Highlands and northern Fitzroy Basin (a Threatened Ecological Community), Poplar Box Grassy Woodland on Alluvial Plains (a Threatened Ecological Community), Aristida annua, king blue-grass (Dichanthium queenslandicum), bluegrass (Dichanthium setosum), Bertya opponens, greater glider (Petauroides volans), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), squatter Pigeon (southern) (Geophaps scripta scripta), painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta), Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis), ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata), yakka skink (Egernia rugosa) and retro slider (Lerista allanae). Comments close on 23 December 2021.

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NEW | near Wollongong, NSW: Proposal to operate an underground coal mine. The operation is likely to impact the Coastal Upland Swamps in the Sydney Basin Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community), Shale Sandstone Transition Forest of the Sydney Basin Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community), Bynoe’s wattle (Acacia bynoeana), small-flower grevillea(Grevillea parviflora subsp. parviflora), Woronora beard-heath (Leucopogon exolasius), Deane’s paperbark (Melaleuca deanei), hairy geebung (Persoonia hirsuta), brown pomaderris (Pomaderris brunnea), prickly bush-pea (Pultenaea aristata), Macquarie perch (Macquaria australasica), giant burrowing frog (Heleioporus australiacus), Littlejohn’s tree frog (Litoria littlejohni), broad-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bungaroides), spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus), greater glider (Petauroides volans), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Comments close on 23 December 2021.

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NEW | Nymagee, NSW: Proposal to develop an underground metalliferous mine. The development is likely to impact the malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) and superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii). Comments close on 24 December 2021.

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NEW | near Townsville, QLD: Proposal to develop a new seawater intake to supply seawater to the Toomulla Aquaculture Farm. The development is likely to impact the Great Barrier Reef (a World Heritage Area and National Heritage Place), Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), red knot (Calidris canutus), curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), great knot (Calidris tenuirostris), southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii), greater sand plover (Charadrius leschenaultii), lesser sand plover (Charadrius mongolus), red goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus), whitethroated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), western Alaskan bartailed godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri), northern Siberian bartailed godwit (Limosa lapponica menzbieri), eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), southern black throated finch (Poephila cincta cincta), Australian painted snipe (Rostrula australis), New Caledonian fairy tern (Sternula nereis exsul) and many more species. Comments close on 29 December 2021.


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