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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 22 September 2021

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Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 22 September 2021

Threatened species listing: New Holland mouse

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the New Holland mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 24 September 2021 >>

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Emissions Reductions Fund: Soil Carbon Method

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the proposed 2021 Soil Carbon Method developed under the Emissions Reductions Fund. A soil carbon project eligible to use this method will store additional carbon in agricultural soils by undertaking eligible management activities.
Public comment closes on 27 September 2021 >> 

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Threatened species listing: Mountain skink

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the mountain skink (Liopholis montana) for inclusion on the EPBC list.
Public comment closes on 29 September 2021 >>

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Safeguarding Crediting Mechanism

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the discussion paper they have prepared, which looks at establishing a below-baseline crediting arrangement to access emissions reductions at large facilities covered by the Safeguard Mechanism.
Public comment closes on 5 October 2021 >>

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2021 Offshore Greenhouse Gas Storage Acreage Release

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the nominated potential release areas, being the Bonaparte Basin, Browse Basinand Northern Carnarvon Basin.
Public comment closes on 12 October 2021 >>

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the proposed options for a regulatory framework to support accurate measurements made using electric vehicle charging stations.
Public comment closes on 15 October 2021 >>

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National Radioactive Waste Management Facility

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the nominated site for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility from nominators of land and persons with a right or interest in the land.
Public comment closes on 22 October 2021 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

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Last updated on 22 September 2021 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Bowen Basin, QLD: Proposal to extend the usage of an existing pit at Caval Ridge Mine. The extension is likely to impact groundwater, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, surface water, king bluegrass (Dichanthium queenslandicum), ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata), squatter pigeon (southern subspecies) (Geophaps scripta scripta) and Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis). Comments close on 23 September 2021.

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Lucas Heights, NSW: Proposal to build an Intermediate Level Solid Waste Facility. The project is likely to impact the Coastal Upland Swamp in the Sydney Basin Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community) and the Shale Sandstone Transition Forest in the Sydney Basin Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community). Comments close on 27 September 2021.

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Busselton, WA: Proposal to develop the Australian Underwater Discovery Centre. The development is likely to impact the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea), New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri), loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), flatback turtle (Natator depressus), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), fairy prion (southern) (Pachyptila turtur subantarctica), Australian fairy tern (Sternula nereisnereis), southern giant petrel (Macronectes giganteus), grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus), white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and more species. Comments close on 27 September 2021.

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Clermont, QLD: Proposal to construct and operate water supply infrastructure for the Carmichael Coal Project. The operation is likely to impact the Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla dominant and codominant) (a Threatened Ecological Community), ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata), squatter pigeon (southern subspecies) (Geophaps scripta scripta), black-throated finch (southern) (Poephila cincta cincta), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), waxy cabbage palm (Livistona lanuginosa) and bluegrass (Poa). Comments close on 27 September 2021.

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Karratha, WA: Proposal to develop a salt production and export facility. The development is likely to impact the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate), flatback turtle (Natator depressus), short-nosed seasnake (Aipysurus apraefrontalis), dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata), green sawfish (Pristis zijsron), white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus), whale shark (Rhincodon typus), red knot (Calidris canutus) and more species. Comments close on 28 September 2021.

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Toompup, WA: Proposal to expand an existing grain receival site to provide additional grain receival and storage facilities. The expansion is likely to impact the malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) and red-tailed phascogale (Phascogale calura). Comments close on 28 September 2021.

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NEW | Broomehill-Tambellup, WA: Proposal to expand the existing Broomehill Fixed Rail Outloading Facility. The expansion is likely to impact the Eucalypt Woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt (a Threatened Ecological Community) and Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). Comments close on 30 September 2021.

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NEW | Melbourne, VIC: Proposal for the Sunshine section of the Melbourne Airport Rail Project, which proposes rail infrastructure works within the municipalities of Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Brimbank. The rail works are likely to impact the Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), sunshine diuris (Diuris fragrantissima), spiny rice-flower (Pimelea spinescens subsp. spinescens), large-headed fireweed (Senecio macrocarpus), matted flax-lily (Dianella amoena), button wrinklewort (Rutidosis leptorhynchoides), small golden moth (Diuris basaltica), striped legless lizard (Delma impar), golden sun moth (Synemon plana) and growling grass frog (Litoria raniformis). Comments close on 30 September 2021.   

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NEW | Parwan, VIC: Proposal to construct a Protein Recovery Facility, which processes organic animal waste byproduct into tallow. The construction is likely to impact the Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community), clover glycine (Glycine latrobeana) and golden sun moth (Synemon plana). Comments close on 30 September 2021.

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NEW | Cairns, QLD: Proposal to remove a flying-fox roost tree from a nationally important flying-fox camp at the Cairns City Library. The removal is likely to impact the spectacled flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus). Comments close on 5 October 2021.


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