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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 24 February 2021

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Regional Forest Agreements) Bill 2020

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation is seeking submissions to inform the inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Regional Forest Agreements) Bill 2020. The Bill seeks to amend the EPBC Actand the Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002 to clarify that forestry operations covered by a Regional Forest Agreement are exempted from Part 3 of the EPBC Act.
Public comment closes on 19 March 2021 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 24 February 2021

Wildlife Trade Operation: Kakadu Plum

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on an application to harvest Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) from State land at Gunn Point, Northern Territory for ongoing commercial export purposes. If the application is approved it is proposed that it will be in force for 3 years.
Public comment closes on 2 March 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Silver Perch

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the silver perch (Bidyanus bidyanus) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 12 March 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Humpback Whale

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the elgibility of the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 26 March 2021 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 24 February 2021 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Katanning, WA: Proposal to undertake an exploration drilling program. The project is likely to impact the Eucalypt Woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt (a Threatened Ecological Community), Carnaby’s black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) and red-tailed phascogale (Phascogale calura). Comments close on 24 February 2021.

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Karnup, WA: Proposal to clear native vegetation to facilitate urban development. The proposed action is likely to impact the Tuart Woodlands and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) and forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso). Comments close on 1 March 2021.

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NEW | Boggabri, NSW: Proposal for modifications to the existing Boggabri Coal Mine. The proposed modifications are likely to impact the White Box – Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grasslands (a Threatened Ecological Community), Tylophora linearis, regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia), painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), Corben’s long-eared bat (Nyctophilus corbeni), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), spotted-tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) and large-eared pied bat (Chalinolobus dwyeri). Comments close on 3 March 2021.     

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NEW | Ginninderry, ACT: Proposal to construct and operate a large-scale battery energy storage system of up to 300 megawatts. The project is likely to impact the White Box –Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland (a Threatened Ecological Community), Natural Temperate Grassland of the South Eastern Highlands (a Threatened Ecological Community), pink-tailed worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella), regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia), Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), grey falcon (Falco hypoleucos), painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii), Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis), trout cod (Maccullochella macquariensis), Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii) and more species. Comments close on 9 March 2021.

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NEW | Pilbara, WA: Proposal for above water table mining of approximately 7 Mt of iron ore from the Glen Herring deposit. The operation is likely to impact the curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), grey falcon (Falco hypoleucos), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), night parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis), Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis), greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis), ghost bat (Macroderma gigas), Pilbara leaf-nosed bat (Rhinonicteris aurantia), Pilbara olive python (Liasis olivaceus). Comments close on 10 March 2021.


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