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Intensity and Frequency of bushfires

A Parliamentary Committee is seeking submissions for its inquiry into the efficacy of past and current vegetation and land management policy, practice and legislation and their effect on the intensity and frequency of bushfires and subsequent risk to property, life and the environment.

Public comment closes on the extended deadline of 31 March 2020.

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Use of pesticide on oats, triticale and rye

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is seeking feedback on the proposed use of azoxystrobin and cyproconazole in the product Amistar Xtra Fungicide for use on oats, triticale and rye.

Public comment closes on 2 April 2020.

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Bushfire Royal Commission

The Commission will examine coordination, response to and recovery from disasters as well as adapting to changing climatic conditions and mitigating the impact of natural disasters. The Commission is seeking public submissions on the 2019-20 bushfire season.

Public comment closes on 3 April 2020.

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Eligibility of various species for EPBC Act listing 

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking comments on various listing assessments.

Public comment for all assessments closes on 15 April 2020.


EPBC Act Review

The deadline for initial submissions on the EPBC Act discussion paper has been extended, in acknowledgment of the devastating impact of the bushfires. Submissions are now due by Friday 17 April 2020. Brief comments are also welcome and are published regularly on the website – read them here.
Read our overview of the EPBC Act review >>
Read our guide to making a submission >>


EPBC Act Review 

Submissions on the EPBC Act discussion paper are now due by Friday 17 April 2020. Brief comments are also welcome and are published regularly on the website – read them hereRead our overview of the EPBC Act review here.

Pubic comment closes 17 April 2020.

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The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the draft National Recovery Plans for Australian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus)Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis)Australian Fairy Tern (Sternula nereis nereis) and Sandhill Dunnart (Sminthopsis psammophila).

Public comment closes on 17 April 2020.


EPBC (Climate Trigger) Bill 2020

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation is seeking comment on a Bill that proposes to introduce penalties for an individual or body corporate undertaking actions that will have or is likely to have a significant impact on the environment.

Public comment closes 21 May 2020.

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Agricultural Levies Legislation

The Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on its draft Regulation Impact Statement and public input on modernising and streamlining the current levies legislation due to sunset in 2023.

Public comment closes on 31 May 2020.

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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.

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ACT

Living infrastructure in residential zones

Proposed changes to make sure standards for soft landscaping area in all residential areas are met.

Public comments closes 3 April 2020.

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Living infrastructure in residential zones

The ACT Government proposes to vary the territory plan to ensure standards for soft landscaping area in all residential areas are met.

Public comment extended to 3 April 2020.

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Urban Lakes and Ponds

The ACT Government is seeking public comment on the draft land management plan for all urban lakes and ponds in the ACT (except Lake Burley Griffin).

Public comment closes on 6 April 2020.

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Urban Lakes and Ponds
The ACT Government is seeking public comment on the draft land management plan for all urban lakes and ponds in the ACT (except Lake Burley Griffin).

Public comment closes on 6 April 2020.

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ACT Planning Review: Stage 2

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate is undertaking Stage 2 of the ACT Planning Review.

Ongoing engagement ends at the close of 2020.

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New South Wales

New hospital in West Gosford

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is seeking feedback on an EIS prepared for the proposal to construct Northside Private Hospital in West Gosford.

Public comment closes on 25 March 2020.

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Independent Inquiry into 2019-20 Bushfire Season

The NSW Government has commissioned an independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bushfire season. The Inquiry seeks submissions from bushfire-affected residents, emergency and support personnel, organisations and the general public.

Public comment closes on 27 March 2020.

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Bellinger River Water Sharing Plan

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has released its draft replacement Water Sharing Plan for the Bellinger River Area Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources for public exhibition.

Public comment closes on 28 March 2020.

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Draft Water Sharing Plan for NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is seeking comment on the draft replacement plan for the current NSW Great Artesian Basin Water Sharing Plan.

Public comment closes on 30 March 2020.

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Water management plan audits

The Natural Resources Commission is seeking feedback on the preliminary audit scopes of various water management plans due to expire in the next 18 months.

Public comment closes on 30 March 2020.

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Draft Koala Habitat Protection Guideline

A draft Koala Habitat Protection Guideline is now on public exhibition. The Guideline aims to guide councils on how to prepare Koala Plans of Management and standardise the process for development applications.

Public comment closes on 30 March 2020.

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Extended: Future Uses of Fernhill Estate

In January, Insight reported that the NSW Government was seeking feedback on the draft Conservation Management Plan and Future Uses Option Paper for the heritage-listed Fernhill Estate. The closing date has now been extended to early April.

Public comment closes on 3 April 2020

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Stockton Sand Quarry Dredging

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on Boral Ltd’s proposal to extract sand from a former sandpit by excavator and dredging.

Public comment closes on 9 April 2020.

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Angus Place Coal Mine Extension

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on the Amendment Report documents for the proposed extension to Angus Place Coal Mine.

Public comment closes on 28 April 2020.

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NSW Plastics Plan

The NSW Government is seeking public feedback on the NSW Plastics Plan Discussion PaperCleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future of Plastic in NSW.

Public comment closes on 8 May 2020.

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NSW 20-Year Waste Strategy

The NSW Government has released an issues paper for public comment. They are seeking feedback on options to generate less waste, improve collection and sorting, plan for future infrastructure and create end markets.

Public comment closes on 8 May 2020.

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Animal Welfare Reform

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is seeking feedback on their discussion paper which outlines key issues affecting animal welfare laws in NSW.

Public comment closes on 21 June 2020.

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Northern Territory

Big Rivers Region ‘Destination’ 

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture is working with industry stakeholders to co-develop a Destination Management Plan for the Big Rivers Region and have prepared a short online survey to enable public comment.

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Queensland

State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA)

The Queensland Government is conducting a customer satisfaction survey on Queensland’s planning system and the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA).

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Superyacht Mooring Trial in Brisbane River

Maritime Safety Queensland is seeking feedback on their proposal to implement a superyacht buoy mooring trial in Town Reach of the Brisbane River (below the Kangaroo Point Cliffs).

Public comment closes on 3 April 2020.

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Cropping in Reef regions

The Queensland Government is seeking feedback on the draft standard conditions that will apply to new or expanded commercial cropping and horticulture activities in Reef regions from 1 June 2020.

Public comment closes on 7 April 2020.

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Reducing plastic waste

The Queensland Government is seeking feedback on the proposal to ban the sale and supply of plastic straws, cutlery, plates and stirrers.

Public comment closes on 15 April 2020.

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South Australia

Keep an eye on: An Eyre Peninsula farm has been chosen to store Australia’s nuclear waste. The Australian Government has introduced the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 to facilitate this development.

Read the Bill here >>


Beach Shacks in National Parks

The SA Government is seeking public comment on four separate National Park Management Plans concerned with the future of beach shacks located on Crown land in SA national parks.

Read Coorong National Park Management Plan and have your say »  
Read Coffin Bay Area Management Plan and have your say » 
Read Innes National Park Management Plan and have your say » 
Read Little Dip Conservation Park Management Plan and have your say » 


Wild Dog Policy

The South Australian Government is seeking public comment regarding changes to its Declared Animal Policy (Wild Dogs and Dingoes). The changes aim to prevent harm to livestock within the Dog Fence in South Australia by, amongst other things, requiring the killing of wild dogs via baiting inside the Dog Fence and allowing aerial baiting of wild dog populations within authorised zones.

Public comment closes 17 April 2020. 

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Management Plan for Recreational Fishing

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions has released a draft of the revised Management Plan for Recreational Fishing for public comment.

Public comment closes on 4 May 2020.

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Tasmania

Tasmanian pademelon

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is seeking feedback on an application for a scientific permit to study roadkill pademelons. The study aims to determine the prevalence of toxoplasmosis, a disease that causes death in many Tasmanian native animals.

Public comment closes on 24 March 2020.

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Planning directive for temporary housing

The draft Planning Directive allows local councils to issue a planning permit for temporary housing under specific circumstances for up to 12 months. The draft is currently subject to an independent review by the Tasmanian Planning Commission. 

Public comment closes on 25 March 2020.

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Fish processing facility – increase in production

The Tasmanian EPA seeks feedback on an application from Huon Aquaculture Group Pty Ltd to increase production from 12,000 tonnes to 33,000 tonnes per year of salmon products.

Public comment closes on 31 March 2020.

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Draft Major Projects Bill

Following two rounds of public consultation, the Tasmanian Government has released its third draft of the Major Projects Bill for additional feedback. The Bill will introduce independent assessment of major projects in Tasmania. See our factsheet on this in Law Reform section above.

Public comment closes on 9 April 2020.

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Tasmanian Planning Commission Review

The Minister for Planning has called for an independent review of the Tasmanian Planning Commission. The reviewers are currently seeking community feedback on the Terms of Reference.

Public comment closes on 9 April 2020.

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Tasmanian State Service Review

The Tasmanian Government is conducting an independent review of the governing framework of the Tasmanian State Service. The independent reviewer has released an Initial Consultation Paper and is seeking feedback.

Public comment closes on 9 April 2020.

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Western Australia

Greater Bunbury Region Scheme

The Western Australia Planning Commission is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme. The amendment proposes to rezone land to facilitate future commercial developments.

Public comment closes on 30 March 2020.

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Draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Guideline released

The WA EPA has released its draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Guideline, which requires major greenhouse gas emitting projects to demonstrate that they will avoid, reduce, and offset emissions to contribute to the State’s aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050. The final Guideline is due for release in March 2020.
Read the draft Guideline »


Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment for Swan

The WAPC is seeking public comment on proposal to amend the Metropolitan Region Scheme for land in the local government area of Swan.

Public comment closes on 1 May 2020.

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Canning and Gosnells

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is seeking feedback on a proposal to amend the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) for land in Canning and Gosnells. The amendment proposes to update various zones and reservations in the Central Districts of the Perth MRS.

Public comment closes on 1 May 2020.

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Kwinana

The WAPC is seeking feedback on a proposal to amend the MRS for Kwinana so that land may be rezoned from the Railways reservation to the Industrial zone.

Public comment closes on 15 May 2020.

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Rockingham

The WAPC is seeking feedback on a proposal to amend the MRS for Rockingham to transfer land from the Rural, Urban and Urban Deferred zones and the Other Regional Roads reservation to the Primary Regional Roads reservation.

Public comment closes on 15 May 2020.

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EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

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Threatened Species and Endangered Ecological Community Listing Consultations

  • Springfield, QLD: Proposal to develop a residential subdivision. Likely to have a significant impact on koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Comment closes on 26 March 2020.
  • Point Cook, VIC: Proposal to demolish 19 buildings on the RAAF Williams base. No direct impacts to listed threatened species or any threatened ecological communities are anticipated but the building removals will impact National Heritage Places. Comment closes on 1 April 2020.