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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 28 February 2020.

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta draft Management Plan

The Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa Board of Management and Director of National Parks invites comment on the draft. Public consultation will inform the final Management Plan which will institute the management of the park for a period of ten years.

Public comment closes on 7 February 2020.

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Inquiry by Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy

The Standing Committee is seeking submissions pursuant to their inquiry on 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 28 February 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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Call for nominations for National Heritage List

The Minister for Environment is calling for nominations for the National Heritage List for the 2020/21 assessment period. Anyone can nominate a place with outstanding heritage values by indicating how the place meets one or more of the National Heritage criteria.

The closing date for nominations is 14 February 2020.

Read more about the nomination process here »


Federal Government’s response to the drought
A Senate Committee is seeking submissions for its inquiry into the Federal Government’s response to the drought, and the adequacy and appropriateness of policies and measures to support farmers, regional communities and the Australian economy.

Public comment closes on 14 February 2020.

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Queensland Commercial Trawl (Fin Fish) Fishery

Queensland Commercial Trawl (Fin Fish) Fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation.
Public comment closes on 31 January 2020.
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Carbon Credits Methodology Determination

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee is conducting a review to  investigate whether the Alternative Waste Treatment method continues to comply with the six offsets integrity standards set out in section 133(1) of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, and whether emissions reductions credited through the scheme remain genuine and additional.
Public comment closes on 17 February 2020.
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National Standard for Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals

The Australian Government has released the Draft Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Bill 2020 (the ICEMR Bill) for public consultation. The ICEMR Bill has been developed to manage the impacts of industrial chemicals on the environment, while providing consistent requirements for businesses nationwide.
Public comment closes on 21 February 2020.
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Offshore Clean Energy Infrastructure

The Australian Government is developing a regulatory framework to enable the exploration, construction, operation and decommissioning of offshore wind and other clean energy technologies and associated infrastructure in Commonwealth waters. A discussion paper and process map has been released for public consultation.
Public comment closes on 28 February 2020.
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ACT

SPIRE and Canberra Hospital campus and surrounds

The Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal invites submissions for its inquiry into the SPIRE (Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency Centre) Project, which is a large healthcare infrastructure project undertaken by the ACT Government.
Public comment closes on 14 February 2020.

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Sydney and Melbourne buildings revitalisation

The ACT government is seeking feedback on the draft City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Amendment Bill 2019.
Public comment closes on 9 February 2020.
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Tasmania

Robbins Island windfarm

UPC Robbins Island Pty Ltd proposes to construct a windfarm at Jim’s Plain, with approximately 40 wind turbines.
Public comment closes on 29 January 2020.

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Scallop Fishery Management Plan Amendments

The Tasmanian Government has released the draft Fisheries (Scallop) Rules 2019 (Tas) along with an information paper.  The proposed changes primarily relate to the commercial scallop fishery.

Feedback on the proposed rules is welcome until 31 January 2020.

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Launceston General Hospital Masterplan

he Tasmanian Government seeking public input on their proposal to redevelop and expand the hospital. Feedback will be used to develop a Masterplan due for release in May.
Public comment closes on 14 February 2020.
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Glamorgan Spring Bay Draft Local Provisions

The Tasmanian government has legislated to replace each of the current municipal planning schemes with a single Tasmanian Planning Scheme to manage the use and development of land in Tasmania. Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, in its capacity as a planning authority, has released the Glamorgan Spring Bay draft Local Provisions Schedule for public comment, which closes on 15 February 2020.
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Queensland

New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3

The Queensland Government has issued public notice of the application for the progressive development of two new areas for the continuation of open cut coal mining.

Public comment closes on 17 January 2020.

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Draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy

The Queensland Government has released the Draft Strategy outlining the actions needed to improve koala conservation. The Queensland Government is seeking public consultation on the draft before the final Strategy is released in 2020.

Public comment closes on 31 January 2020.

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Review of End of Waste (EOW) codes

The EOW framework promotes resource recovery opportunities, transforming the perception of waste to being valued as a resource. The Department of Environment seeks submissions annually for the development of EOW codes.

Public comment closes on 31 January 2020

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Review of Queensland’s Energy Legislation

The Queensland Government is reviewing their Electricity Act 1994; Gas Supply Act 2003; Energy and Water Ombudsman Act 2006 and Liquid Fuel Supply Act 1984.

An Options Paper is open to public comment until 31 January 2020.

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Inner Harbour Capital Dredging for the Port of Cairns

The Queensland Government is currently undertaking a review of the Port of Cairns capital dredging provisions contained in the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Qld).

Public comment on the review is welcome until 7 February 2020.

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Cairns Flying-fox Relocation Management Plan

Public comment is invited on a proposal by Cairns Regional Council to relocate a roosting colony of Spectacled Flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) currently at the Cairns City Library.
Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 31 January 2020.
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Review of Queensland’s Energy Legislation

Following public consultation on an Issues Paper in 2018, the Queensland Government is now seeking feedback on an Options Paper, which contains proposals to modernise Queensland’s state energy laws.
Public comment closes on 31 January 2020.
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Local Government Waste Management Reforms

The Queensland Government is reviewing waste management regulations and has released an impact statement for public consultation.
Public comment closes on 10 February 2020.
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New South Wales

Sydney Gateway Road Project

Roads and Maritime Services has released the draft Major Development Plan for this project which proposes a new direct high capacity road connection linking the Sydney motorway network at St Peters interchange with Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.

Public comment on the MDP closes on 21 February 2020.

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Maxwell Solar Farm

Maxwell Solar Pty Ltd proposes to build a solar farm approximately 10km south-south east of Muswellbrook.
The SSD is on exhibition until 3 February 2020.
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Western Sydney Aerotropolis

The Western Sydney Planning Partnership is seeking feedback on several key documents (plans, maps and a discussion paper) regarding the proposed Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and its surrounding regions.
Public comment closes on 28 February 2020.
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Future uses of Fernhill Estate

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on the draft Conservation Management Plan and Future Uses Option Paper in relation to the heritage-listed Fernhill Estate.
Public comment closes on 20 March 2020.
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Northern Territory

Union Reefs North Underground Mine

NT Mining Operations Pty Ltd is proposing to develop a new underground gold mine on the existing Union Reefs mine site near Pine Creek. The draft EIS for the project is open for public comment until 17 January 2020.

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Draft Strategic Regional Environmental Baseline Assessment (SBERA) Framework

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking feedback on the draft SBERA Framework which was developed pursuant to the recommendations of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory.

Public comment closes on 14 February 2020.

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Darwin Harbour Strategy

The NT Government has is seeking public to devise a Darwin Harbour Strategy that promotes ecologically sustainable development and fosters good stewardship of the harbour.

Public comment closes on 28 February 2020.

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Darwin Processing Facility

TNG Limited proposes to construct and operate a facility at Middle Arm, Darwin Harbour, to process magnetite concentrate from the proposed Mt Peake Project and facilitate international exportation of titanium dioxide, vanadium pentoxide and iron oxide.
The draft EIS for the project is open for public comment until 21 February 2020.
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Draft NT Offsets Policy

The NT Government has released a draft of the Policy which provides a guide for the development of both mandated and voluntary biodiversity offsets arrangements.
Public comment closes on 14 February 2020.

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Cabomba Weed Management Plan

The Northern Territory Weed Management Branch is seeking public consultation for their review of the statutory Weed Management Plan for Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana) March 2015.
Public comment closes on 7 February 2020.
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Grader Grass Weed Management Plan

The Northern Territory Weed Management Branch is seeking public consultation for their review of the statutory Weed Management Plan for Grader Grass (Themeda quadrivalvis) 2016.
Public comment closes on 7 February 2020.
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South Australia

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 » 


Draft Planning and Design Code

The SA Government is seeking public comment on Practice Guidelines, Practice Directions, draft policies and maps they have released for Phase Two councils (rural areas) and Phase Three councils (urban areas).
Public comment closes on 28 February 2020
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Discussion Paper on Renewable Energy Policies

The State Planning Commission is seeking comment on the Renewable Energy Discussion Paper about proposed changes to renewable energy policy in the Planning and Design Code.
Public comment closes on 28 February 2020
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Discussion Paper on People and Neighbourhoods Policy

The State Planning Commission is seeking comment on a discussion paper that investigates the makeup of South Australia’s population and the structure of neighbourhoods and proposes a range of new planning policies to improve residential infill development.
Public comment closes on 28 February 2020.
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Freedom of Information laws

The South Australian Government is proposing to update the state’s current FOI laws in line with legislative developments interstate and changes in technology.
The draft Freedom of Information (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2019 will amend the current FOI Act.
Comment closes on 24 January 2020.
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Western Australia

Review of the Environmental Protection Act

The Western Australian Government is seeking public comments on reform of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA). EDO will be making a comprehensive submission to the consultation and have prepared an overview of key priorities for public interest reform to assist interested individuals and community groups in making their own submissions (by 28 January 2020).

Key community priorities for reform >>


Draft Position Statement for the Special Entertainment Precincts

The Government of Western Australia is seeking feedback on reforms to establish special entertainment precincts.

Public comment can be made until 14 February 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 »

EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Threatened Species and Endangered Ecological Community Listing Consultations

NT, WA: Trichosurus vilpecula arnhemensis (Northern Brushtail Possum) – Submissions invited until 24 January 2020.

Tas: Eucalyptus viminalis (Tasmanian White Gum) Wet Forest – Submissions invited until 7 February 2020.

QLD: Proposed extension to the Isaac Plains East mining areas. The proposal is likely to impact the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus); Greater Glider (Petauroides volans); Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta scripta);  Ornamental Snake (Denisonia maculata). Submissions close 16th January 2020.