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:


Threatened Ecological Community Listing – Naracoorte Coastal Plain Bioregion

The Karst Springs and Associated Alkaline Fens of the Naracoorte Coastal Plain Bioregion in South Australia and Victoria has been nominated for listing as a threatened ecological community. 

Public comment closes on 26 May 2020 >>

Resources Sector Regulation

A draft Productivity Commission report with a main focus on how resources regulation is designed, administered and enforced is now open to public feedback.

Public comment closes on 5 June 2020.

Read more and have your say >>

Threatened species listing: Australian grayling
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking comment on the eligibility of Australian grayling (prototroctes maraena) for inclusion on the EPBC Act threatened species list.

Public comment closes on 17 June 2020 >>

2020 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release 
The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking comment on potential areas for inclusion in the 2020 Acreage Release. The annual Release is a key part of the Australian Government’s strategy to encourage petroleum exploration in Australia’s offshore waters.

Public comment closes on 29 June 2020 >>

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.

Public comment closes on 7 September 2020.

EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Hunter Valley, NSW: Proposal to construct 80 turbines for wind farm. The operation is likely to impact Blakely’s red gum grassy woodland and derived native grassland, central Hunter Valley eucalypt forest and woodland, regent honeyeater (anthochaera phrygia), swift parrot (lathamus discolor), spotted-tailed quoll (dasyurus maculatus), large-eared pied bat (chalinolobus dwyeri), koala (phascolarctos cinereus), white-throated needletail (hirundapus caudacutus), white-bellied sea eagle (haliaeetus leucogaster).

Comments close on 20 May 2020.

Nyah-Vinifera Park, VIC: Proposal to flood over half of the Park and provide inundation-dependant habitat. The project is likely to impact spear grass (austrostipa metatoris), rigid spiderorchid (caladenia tensa), chariot wheels (maireana cheelii), slender darling-pea (swainsona murrayana), buloke woodlands of the Riverina and Murray-Darling depression bioregions, greybox (eucalyptus microcarpa) grassy woodlands and derived native grasslands of South-Eastern Australia, natural grasslands of the Murray Valley plains, weeping myall woodlands.

Comments close on 20 May 2020.

Townsville, QLD: Proposal to modify the Douglas to Bohle Plains section of the Townsville Ring Road. The roadworks are likely to impact black-throated finch (poephila cincta cincta), Australian painted snipe (rostratula australis), squatter pigeon (southern) (geophaps scripta scripta), bare-rumped sheathtail bat (saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus).

Comments close on 20 May 2020.

near Cape Bedford, QLD: Proposal to construct and operate a new mine. Its operation is likely to impact the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, chocolate tree orchid (dendrobium johannis), cooktown orchid (dendrobium bigibbum), ant-house plant (myrmecodia beccarii), white-throated needle tail (hirundapus cauducutus), black-footed tree rats (mesembriomys gouldii rattioides), Far Eastern curlew (numenius madagascariensis), bar-tailed godwit (limosa lapponica bauera), Northern Siberian bar-tailed godwit (limosa lapponica menzbieri), bare-rumped sheath-tailed bat (saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus), greater sand plover(charadrius leschenaultii), blue whale (balaenoptera musculus), humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae), loggerhead sea turtle (caretta caretta), green turtle(chelonia mydas), leatherback sea turtle (dermochelys coriacea), hawksbill sea turtle (eretmochelys imbricate), olive ridley sea turtle (lepidochelys olivacea), flat back sea turtle (natator depressus), great white shark (carcharodon carcharias), large-tooth sawfish (pristis pristis), longcomb sawfish (pristis zijsron), whale shark (rhincodon typus).

Comments close on 21 May 2020.

Shoalhaven, NSW: Proposal for a residential development. The development is likely to impact brittle midge orchid (genoplesium bauera), greater glider (petauroides volans), spotted-tail quoll (dasyurus maculatus maculatus), grey-headed flying fox (pteropus poliocephalus).

Comments close on 22 May 2020.

Isaac, QLD: Proposal to develop a wind farm. The development is likely to impact cycas megacarpa, koala (phascolarctos cinereus), greater glider (petauroides volans), white-throated needletail (hirundapus caudacutus), Southern squatter pigeon (geophaps scripta scripta), fork-tailed swift (apus pacificus) and satin flycatcher (myiagra cyanoleuca).

Comments close on 22 May 2020.

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