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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 April 2021

Measurement Law Review

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the Regulation Impact Statement they have prepared pursuant to the Measurement Law Review.
Public comment closes 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Dendy’s Toadlet

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on eligibility of Dendy’s toadlet (Pseudophryne dendyi).
Public comment closes 28 May 2021 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 21 April 2021

Threatened species listing: 9 NSW species

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the following 9 species endemic to New South Wales for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list:
– A shrub (Hibbertia circinata)
– Maroubra woodland snail (Meridolum maryae)
– Carrington Falls grevillea (Grevillea rivularis)
– Tumut grevillea (Grevillea wilkinsonii)
– A shrub (Homoranthus bruhlii)
– A shrub (Homoranthus elusus)
– A shrub (Leionema lamprophyllum subsp. fractum)
– Rice flower (Pimelea bracteata)
– Giles’ mintbush (Prostanthera gilesii)
Public comment closes on 21 April 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: 6 QLD species

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the following 6 species endemic to Queensland for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list:
– Coochin Hills grevillea (Grevillea hodgei)
– Black grevillea (Grevillea scortechinii subsp. scortechinii)
– Granite nightshade (Solanum graniticum)
– Capella potato bush (Solanum orgadophilum)
– Rat’s tail grass (Sporobolus pamelae B.K. Simon)
– Banished stink bush (Zieria exsul Duretto & P.I.Forst)
Public comment closes on 21 April 2021 >>

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Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Titles Administration and Other Measures) Bill 2021

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the Bill, which aims to strengthen and clarify Australia’s offshore oil and gas regulatory framework. It makes the legislative changes necessary to give effect to the enhanced framework.
Public comment closes on 23 April 2021 >>

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Inquiry: dispatchable energy generation and storage capability

The House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is seeking submissions to inform its inquiry into the current circumstances, and the future need and potential for dispatchable energy generation and storage capability in Australia.
Public comment closes on 7 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: 3 frog species

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the following 3 frog species for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list:
– Littlejohn’s Tree Frog (Litoria littlejohni)
– Watson’s Tree Frog(Litoria watsoni)
– Tinkling Frog (Taudactylus rheophilus)
Public comment closes on 7 May 2021 >>

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Threatened ecological community listing: Coastal swamp sclerophyll forests of south-eastern Australia

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Coastal swamp sclerophyll forests of south-eastern Australia for inclusion on the EPBC list as a threatened ecological community.
Public comment closes on 12 May 2021 >>

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Queensland Coral Fishery

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on an application to renew export approval for the Queensland Coral Fishery.
Public comment closes on 13 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Grey snake

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the grey snake (Hemiaspis damelii) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Mertens’ Water Monitor

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of Meterns’ Water Monitor (Varanus mertensi) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Mitchell’s Water Monitor

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of Mitchell’s Water Monitor (Varanus mitchelli) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Northern blue-tongued lizard

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of Northern blue-tongued lizard (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Long-footed potoroo

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Long-footed potoroo (Potorus longipes) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 18 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Northern long-nosed potoroo

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Northern long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus tridactylus) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 18 May 2021 >>

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Threatened ecological community listing: Lowland Tropical Rainforest of the Wet Tropics Bioregion

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of theLowland Tropical Rainforest of the Wet Tropics Bioregion for inclusion on the EPBC list as a threatened ecological community.
Public comment closes on 19 May 2021 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

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

Goondiwindi – Toowoomba, QLD: Proposal to undertake detailed geotechnical investigations at 563 locations to support the development of detail design for the Inland Rail Border to Gowrie Project. The investigations are likely to impact the Natural Grasslands on Basalt and Fine-textured Alluvial Plains of northern NSW and southern Queensland (a Threatened Ecological Community), Weeping myall woodlands (a Threatened Ecological Community), Poplar Box Grassy Woodland on Alluvial Plains (a Threatened Ecological Community), king blue-grass (Dichanthium queenslandicum), winged peppercress (Lepidium monoplocoides), Belson’s panic (Homopholis belsonii), hawkweed (Picris evae), Austral cornflower (Rhaponticum australe), condamine earless dragon (Tympanocryptis condaminensis), grey falcon (Falco hypoleucos), Dunmall’s snake (Furina dunmalli), Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), five-clawed worm-skink (Anomalopus mackayi). Comments close on 22 April 2021.

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Broken Hill, NSW: Proposal to construct, operate and maintain a battery storage facility with a capacity of approximately 50 megawatts and up to 100 megawatt-hour. The project is likely to impact the dusky hopping mouse (Notomys fuscus). Comments close on 22 April 2021.

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New Beith, QLD: Proposal for a residential development comprising 70 new residential allotments, an internal road network, common spaces and utilities infrastructure (such as sewer lines andwater connections). The development is likely to impact the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) and greater glider (Petauroides volans). Comments close on 23 April 2021.  

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NEW | Burrendong, NSW: Proposal to construct approximately 68 wind turbines and supporting infrastructure including a high voltage transmission line. 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), Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grasslands of South-eastern Australia (a Threatened Ecological Community), bluegrass (Dichanthium setosum), small purple-pea (Swainsona recta), painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta), regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), large-eared pied bat (Chalinolobus dwyeri), Corben’s long-eared bat (Nyctophilus corbeni), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) and grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), a speargrass (Austrostipa wakoolica),Euphrasia arguta and many more species. Comments close on 3 May 2021.

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NEW | Canungra, QLD: Proposal to clear native vegetation to facilitate a low-density subdivision within an urban footprint designated by the ShapingSEQ Regional Plan. The clearly is likely to impact the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Comments close on 3 May 2021.

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NEW | Bookaar, VIC: Proposal to upgrade an existing irrigation system on a dairy farm. The upgrading works are likely to impact the Grassy Plains Woodlands (a Threatened Ecological Community), Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victoria Volcanic Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Grassy Eucalypt Woodland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands of the Temperate Lower Plains (a Threatened Ecological Community), White Box-Yellow Box-Blakelys Red Gum grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland (a Threatened Ecological Community), Australiasian bittern (Botaurus poiclioptilus), curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), grey falcon (Falco hypoleucos), painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudecutus), far eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), plains-wonderer (Pedionomous torquatas), Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis), dwarf galexia (Galexia pusilla), growling grass frog (Litoria raniformis) and many more species. Comments close on 3 May 2021.

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NEW | Perth – Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA: Proposal to install a submarine telecommunications fibre optic cable. The project is likely to impact the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), Australian sea-lion (Neophoca cinerea), sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis), flatback turtle (Natator depressus), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Australian fairy tern (Sternula nereis nereis) and many more species. Comments close on 5 May 2021.

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NEW | Stuart, QLD: Proposal to develop a 21 lot subdivision. The development is likely to impact the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, southern black-throated finch (Poephila cincta cincta) and bare-rumped sheathtail bat (Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus). Comments close on 5 May 2021.

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NEW | Nullagine, WA: Proposal to develop a greenfield iron ore mine at McPhee Creek. The development is likely to impact the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), Pilbara leaf-nosed bat (Rhinonicteris aurantia), ghost bat (Macroderma gigas), Pilbara olive python (Liasis olivaceus) and greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis). Comments close on 5 May 2021.    


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