Your opportunity to comment on issues near you

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 01 Jul 2020

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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.
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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.
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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 01 Jul 2020 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Swan Hill – Murray River Shire, VIC: Proposal to reinstate a more natural inundation regime across 330 ha of the Murray River floodplain. Implementing the regime is likely to impact the regent parrot (polytelis anthopeplus monarchoides), painted honeyeater (grantiella picta), silver perch (bidyanus bidyanus), Murray cod (maccullochella peelii), common greenshank (tringa nebularia), common sandpiper (actitis hypoleucos), curlew sandpiper (calidris ferruginea), eastern curlew (numenius madagascariensis), fork-tailed swift (apus pacificus), Latham’s snipe (gallinago hardwickii), pectoral sandpiper (calidris melanotos), satin flycatcher (myiagra cyanoleuca), sharp-tailed sandpiper (calidris acuminata) and yellow wagtail (motacilla flava). Comments close on 2 July 2020.

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Hilbert, WA: Proposal to undertake suburban development, which includes a living stream corridor. The proposed development is likely to impact Baudin’s cockatoo (calyptorhynchus baudinii), Carnaby’s cockatoo (calyptorhynchus latirostris) and forest red-tailed black-cockatoo (calyptorhynchus banksii naso). Comments close on 3 July 2020.

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Wanneroo, WA: Proposal to clear land for residential development and subdivision purposes. The project is likely to impact the forest red-tailed black-cockatoo (calyptorhynchus banksii naso) and Carnaby’s cockatoo (calyptorhynchus latirostris). Comments close on 3 July 2020.

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Revesby, NSW: Proposal to construct and operate a commercial warehouse. The project is likely to impact the downy wattle (acacia pubescens) and the Cumberland Plain Shale Woodlands and Shale Gravel Transition Forest Critically Endangered Ecological Community. Comments close on 3 July 2020.

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near Moe, VIC: Proposal to install 35 wind turbines and supporting infrastructure for a new wind farm. The project is likely to impact the growling grass frog (litoria raniformis). Comments close on 3 July 2020.  

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NEW | 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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NEW | 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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NEW | 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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NEW | 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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NEW | 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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NEW | 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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NEW | 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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NEW | 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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NEW | 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 15 July 2020.


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