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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 23 September 2020

Regulatory Sandbox Legislation

The COAG Energy Council is seeking feedback on the draft amendments to the National Electricity Law, National Energy Retail Law and National Gas Law, which aim to support the introduction of a regulatory sandbox framework.
Public comment closes on 14 October 2020 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 23 September 2020

Keep an eye on: 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.
Read more >>

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Grid Reliability Fund Bill 2020

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation is seeking feedback to inform their inquiry into the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Amendment (Grid Reliability Fund) Bill 2020.
Public comment closes on 23 September 2020 >>

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Review: Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan

The Australian and Queensland governments are seeking feedback to inform their review of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, also known as the Reef 2050 Plan. This plan is Australia’s long-term strategy to protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef.
Public comment closes on 30 September 2020 >>

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Wildlife Trade permit – Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on an application to include the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) on the live import list for research purposes.
Public comment closes on 23 October 2020 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 23 September 2020 – new additions have been marked “NEW

offshore Gold Coast, QLD: Proposal to construct and operate a Purpose-built Artificial Reef Dive Attraction. The project is not likely to impact any listed species or any threatened ecological community, or their habitat. Comments close on 23 September 2020.

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Hazelmere, WA: Proposal to upgrade the Roe Highway and Great Eastern Highway Bypass intersection. The roadworks are likely to impact the Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Carter’s freshwater mussel (Westralunio carteri), Baudin’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii), Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), forest red-tailed black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso), wavy-leaved smokebush (Conospermum undulatum). Comment close on 25 September 2020.

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Gingin, WA: Proposal to operate a Class II landfill facility. The operations are likely to impact the Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community) and Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). Comments close on 25 September 2020.

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near Mount Morgan, QLD: Proposal to construct a windfarm with up to 61 wind turbines and a nameplate capacity of between 256-366 megawatts. The windfarm is likely to impact the Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla dominant and co-dominant) Threatened Ecological Community, squatter pigeon (southern) (Geophaps scripta scripta), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), greater glider (Petauroides volans), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), Cycas megacarpa, Cossinia australiana, black ironbox (Eucalyptus raveretiana) and Quassia (Samadera bidwillii). Comments close on 28 September 2020.

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Serpentine-Jarrahdale, WA: Proposal for a residential development. The development is likely to impact Baudin’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii), forest red-tailed black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) and Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). Comments close on 28 September 2020.

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NEW | near Gladstone, QLD: Proposal to develop a solar farm. The development is likely to impact the squatter pigeon (Geophaps scripta scripta), three-leaved bosistoa (Bosistoa transversa) and koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Comments close on 30 September 2020.

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NEW | Lindsay Island, VIC: Proposal to restore a more natural inundation regime and improve ecological condition across approximately 4,845 ha of high ecological value floodplain. The project is likely to impact the Buloke Woodlands of the Riverina and Murray-Darling Depression Bioregions (a Threatened Ecological Community), striate spike-sedge (Eleocharis obicis), winged peppercress (Lepidium monoplocoides), silver perch (Bidyanus bidyanus), Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii), growling grass frog (Litoria raniformis), regent parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus monarchoides), painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta), Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis), curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), south-eastern long-eared bat (Nyctophilus corbeni), common greenshank (Tringa nebularia), common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), fork-tailed swift (Apus pacificus), grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Latham’s snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), osprey (Pandion haliaetus), pectoral sandpiper (Calidris melanotos), sharp-tailed sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) and yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava). Comments close on 1 October 2020.

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NEW | Moruya, NSW: Proposal to construct a public road. The roadworks are likely to impact the Lowland Grassy Woodland in the South East Corner Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community). Comments close on 1 October 2020.

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NEW | Armadale-Byford, WA: Proposal to construct and operate a new rail station at Byford along with supporting infrastructure and upgrades to the existing rail corridor. The project is likely to impact the Corymbia calophylla – Kingia australis woodlands on heavy soils of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Serpentine synaphea (Synaphea sp. Serpentine), forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii subsp. naso), Baudin’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii) and Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). Comments close on 2 October 2020.

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NEW | Harvey, WA: Proposal to construct a 3.71km transmission line connecting the Benger Solar Farm to the Western Power network. The development is likely to impact the Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptohynchus latirostris), Baudin’s black cockatoo (Calyptohynchus baudinii) and forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptohynchus banksia subsp. naso). Comments close on 2 October 2020.

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NEW | near Glenden, QLD: Proposal to operate an open-cut coal mine with a life of mine of approximately 17 years. The operation is likely to impact the Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla dominant and co-dominant) (a Threatened Ecological Community), Poplar Box Grassy Woodland on Alluvial Plains (a Threatened Ecological Community), Semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow Belt (north and south) and Nandewar Bioregions (a Threatened Ecological Community), Natural grasslands of the Queensland Central Highlands and northern Fitzroy Basin (a Threatened Ecological Community), Bertya opponens, Marlborough blue (Cycas ophiolitica), king bluegrass (Dichanthium Queenslandicum), bluegrass (Dichanthium setosum), black ironbox (Eucalyptus raveretiana), Omphalea celata, eungella hairy daisy (Ozothamnus eriocephalus), square tassel fern (Phlegmariurus tetrastichoides), Polianthion minutiflorum, quassia (Samadera bidwillii), greater glider (Petauroides volans), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), squatter pigeon (southern) (Geophaps scripta scripta), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), ghost bat (Macroderma gigas), ornamental snake (Denisonia maculate), glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), rufous fantail (Rhipidura (Howeavis) rufifrons), common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), fork-tailed swift (Apus (Apus) pacificus), sharp-tailed sandpiper (Calidris (Erolia) acuminata), pectoral sandpiper (Calidris (Erolia) melanotos), oriental plover (Charadrius (Eupoda) veredus), oriental cuckoo (Cuculus (Cuculus) optatus), Latham’s snipe (Gallinago (Gallinago) hardwickii), caspian tern (Hydroprogne caspia), black-faced monarch (Monarcha (Monarcha) melanopsis), yellow wagtail (Motacilla (Budytes) flava), satin flycatcher (Myiagra (Myiagra) cyanoleuca), eastern osprey (Pandion cristatus), spectacled monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) and common greenshank (Tringa (Glottis) nebularia). Comments close on 8 October 2020.


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