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 25 November 2020

Live import listing: Emerald Tree Monitor

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Emerald Tree Monitor (Varanus prasinus) for inclusion on the live import list.
Public comment closes on 7 December 2020 >>

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Draft regulatory amendments for the gas market

The COAG Energy Council is seeking feedback on the draft regulatory amendments they have prepared pursuant to gas market transparency reforms.
Public comment closes on 17 December 2020 >>

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Threatened species listing: Three frog species

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Booroolong Frog (Litoria booroolongensis), Spotted Tree Frog (Litoria spenceri) and Giant Burrowing Frog (Heleioporus australiacus) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 22 January 2021 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 25 November 2020

Keep an eye on: Australia’s faunal extinction crisis

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications References’ inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis has been extended to 7 September 2020. They are considering new submissions, updates to existing submissions or additional relevant material.
Read more >>

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Inquiry into Climate Change Bills

The House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is seeking submissions to inform their inquiry into theClimate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020 and Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020.
Public comment closes on 27 November 2020 >>

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Commonwealth North West Slope and Western Deepwater Trawl fisheries

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback pursuant to their assessment of ongoing export accreditation for the Commonwealth North West Slope and Western Deepwater Trawl Fisheries.
Comments close on 2 December 2020 >>

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Commonwealth Coral Sea Fishery

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback pursuant to their assessment of ongoing export accreditation for the Commonwealth Coral Sea Fishery.
Comments close on 4 December 2020 >>

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Threatened species listing: Black-footed Rock-wallaby

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the proposal to transfer the Black-footed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis kimberleyensis) from the “vulnerable” category to “endangered” on the EPBC threatened species list.
Comments close on 18 December 2020 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 25 November 2020 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Myalup, WA: Proposal for a production horticulture development. The development may impact the Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) Woodlands and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Baudin’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii), Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), forest redtailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) and western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis). Comments close on 26 November 2020.

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Ashburton, WA: Proposal to develop the Western Envelope, inclusive of the Penzance and La Mancha mining areas. The development is likely to impact the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), Pilbara olive python (Liasis olivaceus barroni),Pilbara leaf-nosed bat (Rhinonicteris auranti) and ghost bat (Macroderma gigas). Comments close on 26 November 2020.

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Adaminaby, NSW: Proposal to construct and operate a new sewage treatment plant. The project is likely to impact the Natural Temperate Grassland (a Threatened Ecological Community), hoary sunray (Leucochrysum albicans subsp. tricolor), hairy anchor plant (Discaria pubescens), cattle egret (Ardea ibis) and great egret (Ardea alba). Comments close on 27 November 2020.

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Currumbin Waters, QLD: Proposal to develop a retirement facility. The development is likely to impact the Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh (a Threatened Ecological Community), Swamp oak (Casuarina glauca) Floodplain Forest of South-East QLD and NSW (a Threatened Ecological Community), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) and swift parrot (Lathamus discolor). Comments close on 27 November 2020.

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Perth, WA: Proposal to install a shared path and noise walls along the Mitchell Freeway. The installation is likely to impact the Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) Woodlands and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) and forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso). Comments close on 27 November 2020.

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near Yass, NSW: Proposal to modify development consent to the effect of reducing the number of wind turbines (to 77) and other changes. The modification is likely to impact the White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland (a Threatened Ecological Community), golden sun moth (Synemon plana), striped legless lizard (Delma impar), superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus) and painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta). Comments close on 1 December 2020.

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Cooktown, QLD: Proposal to redevelop prawn farm as an intensive pond farming system with a hatchery and processing facility. The redevelopment is likely to impact the far eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica menzbieri), red knot (Calidris canutus), red goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus), golden-shouldered parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius), Australian painted-snipe (Rostratula australis), masked owl (Tyto novaehollandiae kimberli), ant plant (Myrmecodia beccarii), blue tassel fern (Phlegmariurus dalhousieanus), Cooktown orchid (Vappodes phalaenopsis), loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), flatback turtle (Natator depressus) and many more species. Comments close on 2 December 2020.

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NEW | near Wollongong, NSW: Proposal for a residential development, including the provision of new public roads. It is likely to impact the Illawarra and South Coast lowland forest and woodland (a Threatened Ecological Community). Comments close on 3 December 2020.


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