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

National

NEW consultations & inquiries – updated 20 January 2021

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Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 20 January 2021

Inquiry: Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Bills 2020

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation is seeking feedback on the Bills, which would stablish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, in order to reduce impacts on the environment and limit people’s exposure to industrial chemicals.
Public comment closes on 22 January 2021 >>

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Offshore oil and gas decommissioning framework

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the proposed enhanced offshore oil and gas decommissioning framework.
Public comment closes on 22 January 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 Persoonia mollis subsp. revoluta for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 22 January 2021 >> 

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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 >>

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Upper-slope Dogfish Management Strategy

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority are seeking input to inform their review of the Upper-slope Dogfish Management Strategy.
Public comment closes on 24 January 2021 >>

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Indian Ocean Territories

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories is seeking input to inform their inquiry into the state of economic, social and environmental sustainability in the Indian Ocean Territories.
Public comment closes on 27 January 2021 >>

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Amendments to gas revenue models

The Australian Energy Regulator is seeking feedback on the proposed amendments to the gas transmission and distribution post-tax revenue models under the National Gas Rules.
Public comment closes on 3 February 2021 >>

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Efficient delivery of Large Transmission Projects

The Australian Energy Regulator is seeking feedback on the draft guidance note they have published to support efficient delivery of large transmission projects.
Public comment closes on 5 February 2021 >>  

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Renewable Energy Zones

The COAG Energy Council is seeking feedback on their consultation paper on Renewable Energy Zones.
Public comment closes on 12 February 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Golden Sun Moth

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the golden sun moth (Synemon plana) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 23 February 2021 >>  


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 20 January 2021 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Albion Park, NSW: Proposal to extend the hard rock extraction area of an existing quarry. The extension is likely to impact the Illawarra-Shoalhaven subtropical rainforest of the Sydney Basin Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community), Illawarra zieria (Zieria granulate), white-flowered wax plant (Cynanchum elegans) and grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Comments close on 20 January 2021.

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Wilyabrup, WA: Proposal to expand an existing vineyard. The expansion is likely to impact Baudin’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii), Carnaby’s Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso), western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) and chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroii). Comments close on 21 January 2021.  

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Isaac, QLD: Proposal to develop a wind farm with up to 55 turbines. The development is likely to impact Cycas megacaparpa, koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), greater glider (Petauroides volans), squatter pigeon (Geophaps scripta scripta) and white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus). Comments close on 21 January 2021.

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Redland Bay, QLD: Proposal to construct and operate a wastewater treatment plant. The development is likely to impact the Moreton Bay wetland (a Ramsar wetland), Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh (a Threatened Ecological Community), Coastal Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca) forest of New South Wales and South East Queensland (a Threatened Ecological Community), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus policephalus), water mouse (Xeromys myoides), Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis), curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri) and easter curlew (Numenius madagascariensis). Comments close on 21 January 2021.

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near Calliope, QLD: Proposal to develop a wind farm consisting of up to 56 turbines. The development is likely to impact greater glider (Petauroides volans), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), squatter pigeon (Geophaps scripta scripta), collared delma (Delma torquata), Cycas megacarpa, Cossinia australiana, Samadera bidwillii and white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus). Comments close on 22 January 2021.

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New Beith, QLD: Proposal for a residential development. The development is likely to impact koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus policephalus) and greater glider (Petauroides volans), Comments close on 27 January 2021.

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NEW | Gooseberry Hill, WA: Proposal to clear native vegetation for intersection modification and installation of an offsite water main. The project is likely to impact Baudin’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii), Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) and forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso). Comments close on 1 February 2021.

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NEW | Lyndoch, SA: Proposal to clear native vegetation to make way for the construction of a house, ancillary water tank and wastewater system. The project is likely to impact Peppermint Box Grassy Woodland (a Threatened Ecological Community). Comments close on 2 February 2021.

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NEW | Surat and Bowen basins, QLD: Proposal to gas field infrastructure in existing petroleum tenures within the Surat and Bowen basins. The project is likely to impact the Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla dominant and co-dominant) Threatened Ecological Community, Coolibah-Black Box Woodland in the Darling Riverine Plains, Brigalow Belt South, Cobar Peneplain and Mulga Lands Bioregions (a Threatened Ecological Community), Poplar Box Grassy Woodland on Alluvial Plains (a Threatened Ecological Community), Semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow Belt (North and South) and Nandewar Bioregions (a Threatened Ecological Community), Weeping Myall Woodlands (a Threatened Ecological Community), austral toadflax (Thesium australe), Belson’s panic (Homopholis belsonii), bluegrass (Dicanthium setosum), king bluegrass (Dicanthium queenslandicum), kogan waxflower (Philotheca sporadica), ooline (Cadellia pentastylis), shiny-leaved Ironbark (Eucalyptus virens), tara wattle (Acacia lauta) and Aristida annua. Comments close on 3 February 2021.

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NEW | Armstrong Creek, VIC: Proposal to construct the final section of a creek and wetland restoration project. The project is likely to impact the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula (Lake Connewarre Complex) – a Ramsar wetland, Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh Threatened Ecological Community, spiny peppercress (Lepidium aschersonii), orange bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster), growling grass frog (Litoria raniformis), Latham’s snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) and Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis). Comments close on 3 February 2021.


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