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

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National

NEW consultations & inquiries – updated 21 July 2021

Oil pollution risk management guidance note

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority is seeking feedback on the revised Oil Pollution Risk Management guidance note (GN1488), which details the regulatory requirements for oil pollution risk evaluation and emergency planning, as set out in the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas (Environment) Regulations 2009.
Public comment closes on 4 August 2021 >>

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Industrial and commercial emissions reduction

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on a proposed new methodology determination – Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative–Industrial and Commercial Emissions Reduction) Methodology Determination 2021.
Public comment closes on 17 August 2021 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 21 July 2021

EXTENDED | Water meters for cold potable water and hot water

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the proposal to amend the pattern approval standard for water meters, NMI R 49-1, to include additional pressure loss classes.
Public comment now closes on 20 August 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: three shrubs

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the following three shrubs species for inclusion on the EPBC list:
Boronia inflexa subsp. torringtonensis
– Philotheca papillate
Kardomia prominens
Public comment closes on 26 July 2021 >>

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Carbon capture and storage

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on a proposed new methodology determination under the Emissions Reduction Fund. The proposed method would enable projects that capture and permanently store greenhouse gases in underground geological formations to generate Australian carbon credit units.
Public comment closes on 27 July 2021 >> 

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Coal mine waste gas method

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on a proposed variation to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative–Coal Mine Waste Gas) Methodology Determination 2015.
Public comment closes on 30 July 2021 >>

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Hydrogen Guarantee of Origin

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the discussion paper they have prepared in relation to the Guarantee of Origin scheme for hydrogen in Australia.
Public comment closes on 30 July 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Koala

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 30 July 2021 >>

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Gas-fired recovery

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking input to inform two key gas-fired recovery measures:
– the National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP), and;
– the Future Gas Infrastructure Investment Framework.
Public comment closes on 2 August 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub of the Sydney Region

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub of the Sydney Region ecological community for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 9 August 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Southern long-nosed potoroo

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the southern long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus trisulcatus) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 9 August 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) grassy woodland on calcrete of the Eyre Yorke Block Bioregion

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) grassy woodland on calcrete of the Eyre Yorke Block Bioregion ecological community for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 20 August 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Gang-gang cockatoo

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the gang-gang cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 27 August 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Kangaroo Island glossy black-cockatoo

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Kangaroo Island glossy black-cockatoo(Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 27 August 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Pilotbird

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the pilotbird (Pycnoptilus floccosus) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 27 August 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: South-eastern glossy black-cockatoo

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the south-eastern glossy black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 27 August 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Western Bassian Thrush

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the western bassian thrush (Zoothera lunulata halmaturina) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 27 August 2021 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 21 July 2021 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Mungo, NSW: Proposal for the excavation and reburial of 108 Willandra Ancestral Remains at 26 separate locations. The project is likely to impact the Willandra Lakes Region (a World Heritage Site and National Heritage Place). Comments close on 22 July 2021.

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Coomera, QLD: Proposal to undertake vegetation clearing and bulk earthworks pursuant to road construction. The project is likely to impact the Coastal Swamp Oak Forest (a Threatened Ecological Community), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Comments close on 22 July 2021.

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Ravenshoe, QLD: Proposal to develop a wind farm with up to 95 wind turbine generators and associated infrastructure. The development is likely to impact the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Prostanthera clotteniana, Homoranthus porteri, Triplarina nitchaga, koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), northern greater glider (Petauroides volans minor), yellow-bellied glider – Wet Tropics subspecies (Petaurus australis unnamed subsp.), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), spotted-tailed quoll – North Queensland subspecies (Dasyurus maculatus gracilis), ghost bat (Macroderma gigas), spectacled flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus), Southern cassowary – southern population (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii), red goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), Masked owl – northern (Tyto novaehollandiae kimberli) and magnificent brood frog (Pseudophryne covacevichae). Comments close on 26 July 2021.   

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Kemps Creek, NSW: Proposal to subdivide eight lots in three areas for the construction and operation of warehouse and distribution facilities. The project is likely to impact the Grey Box – Forest Red Gum grassy woodland on flats of the Cumberland Plain, Sydney Basin Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community), large-eared pied bat (Chalinolobus dwyeri) and grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Comments close on 26 July 2021.

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Latrobe, TAS: Proposal to institute a levee system to reduce the risk of flooding. The project is likely to impact central-north burrowing crayfish (Engaeus granulatus), Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish (Astacopsis gouldii), Persicaria decipiens, platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri), yelloweye mullet (Aldrichetta forsteri), short-finned eel (Anguilla australis), spotted galaxias (Galaxias truttaceus), sandy (Pseudaphritis urvillii), pygmy perch (Nannoperca australis) and jollytail (Galaxias maculatus). Comments close on 27 July 2021.

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Dongara, WA: Proposal to develop the West Erregulla Field Development Program. The development is likely to impact the sandplain duck orchid (Paracaleana dixonii), star orchid (Thelymitra stellate) and Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). Comments close on 27 July 2021.  

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Royalla, NSW: Proposal to develop five lot residential subdivision in portions of the property known as Beatty Hill. The development is likely to impact the White Box Yellow Box Blakely’s Red Gum Woodland and Derived Native Grassland (a Threatened Ecological Community) and pink-tailed worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella). Comments close on 28 July 2021.

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NEW | Dongara, WA: Proposal to undertake a three-dimensional (3D) seismic acquisition survey. The survey is likely to impact the Carnaby’s black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), beautiful daviesia (Daviesia speciosa) and sandplain duck orchid (Paracaleana dixonii). Comments close on 29 July 2021.

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NEW | Whitsunday, QLD: Proposal to develop a new underground high-density polyethylene water pipeline. The project is likely to impact the Greater Barrier Reef (a World Heritage site), black ironbox (Eucalyptus raveretiana), eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) and curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea). Comments close on 30 July 2021.

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NEW | Gobarralong, NSW: Proposal to develop a wind farm with up to 65 wind turbine generators and ancillary infrastructure. The project is likely to impact the Yass daisy (Ammobium craspedioides) and greater glider (Petauroides volans). Comments close on 2 August 2021.

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NEW | Fitzroy, VIC: Proposal to demolish the Aikenhead Wing of St Vincent’s Hospital. The demolition is likely to impact the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (a World Heritage site and National Heritage place). Comments close on 2 August 2021.

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NEW | Illawarra, NSW: Proposal to develop a residential and commercial subdivision, including all associated ancillary infrastructure. The development is likely to impact the Illawarra and South Coast Lowland and Woodland (a Threatened Ecological Community), grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) and large-eared pied bat (Chalinolobus dwyeri). Comments close on 3 August 2021.


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