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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.

For public consultations in your state or territory, go to:

National

NEW consultations & inquiries – updated 08 Jul 2020

Senate inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge

The Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia is seeking submissions for the inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In particular, the public is invited to comment on the Terms of Reference.  
Public comment closes on 31 July 2020 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries

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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Keep an eye on: Resources Sector Regulation

The Productivity Commission has advised that consultation on the draft report on resources sector regulation has been deferred – including the closing date for receipt of submissions (previously 5 June 2020) – due to the ongoing priority of COVID-19 responses.
Read more >>

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Consultation on rat poison

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is seeking views on the regulation and use of rodenticides (a.k.a. rat poison).
Public comment now closes on 17 July 2020 >>

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Threatened species listing: 4 frog species

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking comment on the eligibility of 4 frog species for inclusion on the EPBC Act threatened species list. The species and proposed listing status are:
– Richmond mountain frog (philoria richmondensis) –  as endangered
– Mountain frog (philoria kundagungan) – as endangered
– Giant barred frog (mixophyes iteratus) – as vulnerable
– Fleay’s barred frog (mixophyes fleayi) – as endangered
Public comment closes on 24 July 2020 >>

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Senate inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia

The Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is seeking submissions for their inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia. The Committee will assess the prevalence and impact of cats as well as the effectiveness of current control measures and the interaction between domestic cat ownership and the feral cat problem.
Public comment closes on 30 July 2020 >>

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Register your interest: NOPSEMA Community and Environment Reference Group

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) invites expressions of interest from interested persons to join their Community and Environment Reference Group (CERG).

CERG members will meet with NOPSEMA at least twice per year to provide their perspective on issues relating to offshore petroleum environmental management and NOPSEMA’s administration of the Environment Regulations.

NOPSEMA is seeking people that have experience in the following: heritage and indigenous communities, conservation advocacy, small business and tourism as well as individuals who can provide regional perspectives from the north-west, south-east and northern regions of Australia.
Registrations close at 5pm AWST on 31 July 2020 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 08 Jul 2020 – new additions have been marked “NEW

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Manyana, NSW: Proposal to develop residential subdivision. The development is likely to impact the greater glider (petauroides volans), grey-headed flying-fox (pteropus poliocephalus), swift parrot (lathamus discolor), black-faced monarch (monarcha melanopsis), rufous fantail (rhipidura rufifrons) and satin flycatcher (myiagra cyanoleuca). Comments close on 8 July 2020.

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Moree, NSW: Proposal to upgrade rail infrastructure within the Narrabri to North Star corridor. The upgrade is likely to impact natural grasslands (a Critically Endangered Ecological Community), poplar box grassy woodland on alluvial plain (an Endangered Ecological Community), weeping myall woodlands (an Endangered Ecological Community), Belson’s panic (homopholis belsonii), five-clawed worm-skink (anomalopus mackayi), painted honeyeater (grantiella picta), koala (phascolarctos cinereus), grey-headed flying-fox (pteropus poliocephalus) and Murray cod (maccullochella peelii). Comments close on 8 July 2020.

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Dandaragan, WA: Proposal to undertake a 2D seismic acquisition survey pursuant to petroleum exploration permit. Surveying is likely to impact slender andersonia (andersonia gracilis), Keighery’s macarthuria (macarthuria keigheryi), dwarf green kangaroo paw (anigozanthos viridis subsp. terraspectans), Carnaby’s cockatoo (calyptorhynchus latirostris), banksia woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community) and fork-tailed swift (apus pacificus). Comments close on 8 July 2020.

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Silverdale, QLD: Proposal to establish a new extractive industry operation. The operation is likely to impact koala (phascolarctos cinereus), grey-headed flying-fox (pteropus poliocephalus), greater glider (petauroides volans), spotted-tailed quoll (dasyurus maculatus maculatus), long-nosed potoroo (potorous tridactylus tridactylus), red goshawk (erythrotriorchis radiatus), Australian painted snipe (rostratula australis), oriental cuckoo (cuculus optatus) and rufous fantail (rhipidura rufifrons). Comments close on 10 July 2020.

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Ripley, QLD: Proposal to develop a master planned residential community. The development is likely to impact koala (phascolarctos cinereus) and grey-headed flying-fox (pteropus poliocephalus). Comments close on 10 July 2020.

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Springfield, QLD: Proposal to develop a mixed-use precinct with office, retail, childcare and residential spaces etc. The development is likely to impact koala (phascolarctos cinereus) and grey-headed flying-fox (pteropus poliocephalus). Comments close on 14 July 2020.

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Cullallla,WA: Proposal to develop a composting facility. The development is likely to impact banksia woodlands. Comments close on 14 July 2020.

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Serpentine-Jarrahdale, WA: Proposal to develop residential development pursuant to the Doley Road Precinct Local Structure Plan, inclusive of urban lots, road infrastructure and public open space. The development is likely to impact forest red-tailed black cockatoo (calyptorhynchus banksia), Carnaby’s cockatoo (calyptorhynchus latirostris) and Baudin’s cockatoo (calyptorhynchus baudinii). Comments close on 14 July 2020.

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Urannah, QLD: Proposal to construct and operate a new dam on the Broken River. The dam is likely to impact the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, brigalow (acacia harpophylla dominant and codominant), poplar box grassy woodland on alluvial plains (a Threatened Ecological Community), squatter pigeon (geophaps scripta scripta), northern quoll (dasyurus hallucatus), koala (phascolarctos cinereus), northern greater glider (petauroides volans minor), black ironbox (eucalyptus raveretiana), ozothamnus eriocephalus, ornamental snake (denisonia maculate), natural grasslands of the Queensland Central Highlands and northern Fitzroy Basin (a Threatened Ecological Community), semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow belt (north and south) and Nandewar bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community), estuarine crocodile (crocodylus porosus), white-throated needletail (hirundapus caudacutus), satin flycatcher (myiagra cyanoleuca) and spectacled monarch (monarcha trivirgatus). Comments close on 14 July 2020.

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NEW | Albany, WA: Proposal to install boundary firebreaks. The installation is likely to impact western ringtail possum (psuedocheirus occidentalis), Baudin’s white tail black cockatoo (calyptorhynchus baudinii), Carnaby’s white tail black cockatoo (calyptorhynchus latirotris) and forest red tail black cockatoo (calyptorhynchus banksii naso). Comments close on 15 July 2020.

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NEW | near Broome, WA: Proposal to drill a standard 9″ water exploration bore to collect a sample. The operation is likely to impact curlew sandpiper (calidris ferruginea), far eastern curlew (numenius madagascariensis), Australian painted snipe (rostratula australis), northern quoll (dasyurus hallucatus), ghost bat (macroderma gigas) and greater bilby (macrotis lagotis). Comments close on 15 July 2020.

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NEW | Whitsunday, QLD: Proposal to develop an irrigated agricultural development area of up to 25,000 ha. The development is likely to impact the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, natural grasslands of the Queensland central highlands and northern Fitzroy Basin (a Threatened Ecological Community), semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow belt (north and south) and Nandewar bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community), brigalow (acacia harpophylla – dominant and co-dominant), squatter pigeon – southern (geophaps scripta scripta), northern greater glider (petauroides volans minor), koala (phascolarctos cinereus), black ironbox (eucalyptus raveretiana), ornamental snake (denisonia maculate), estuarine crocodile (crocodylus porosus), oriental cuckoo (cuculus optatus) and satin flycatcher (myiagra cyanoleuca). Comments close on 15 July 2020.

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NEW | Wiluna, WA: Proposal to develop gold and iron ore deposits, clearing up to 183 ha of native vegetation within a disturbance envelope of 519.2 ha. The development is likely to impact the malleefowl (leipoa ocellata). Comments close on 16 July 2020.

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NEW | Molonglo Valley and Belconnen, ACT: Proposal to duplicate an existing road. The roadworks are likely to impact White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely’s red gum grassy woodland (a Threatened Ecological Community), derived native grassland Yellow Box-Blakely’s red gum grassy woodland (a Threatened Ecological Community), pink-tailed worm lizard (aprasia parapulchella), golden sun moth (synemon plana), grassland earless dragon (tympanocryptis pinguicolla), grey-headed flying-fox (pteropus poliocephalus), painted honeyeater (grantiella picta), regent honeyeater (anthochaera phrygia), striped legless lizard (delma impar), superb parrot (polytelis swainsonii), swift parrot (lathamus discolour), white-throated needletail (hirundapus caudacutus), ginninderra peppercress (lepidium ginninderrense), hoary sunray (leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor), pale pomaderris (pomaderris pallida), button wrinklewort (rutidosus leptorhynchoides), small purple pea (swainsona recta), austral toadflax (thesium austral), rufous fantail (rhipidura rufifrons), satin flycatcher (myiagra cyanoleuca), sharp-tailed sandpiper (calidris acuminate) and yellow wagtail (motacilla flava). Comments close on 16 July 2020.

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NEW | Jerramungup, WA: Proposal to clear 8ha of vegetation to accommodate a proposed cross runway at the Bremer Bay airfield. The clearing is likely to impact the Kwongkan Shrubland (a Threatened Ecological Community). Comments close on 17 July 2020.

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NEW | Casey, VIC: Proposal to upgrade Ballarto Road in Cranbourne East. The roadworks are likely to impact the southern brown bandicoot (isoodon obesulus obesulus). Comments close on 17 July 2020.


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