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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 5 May 2021

2021 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme Amendments

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the proposed amendments to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008 and the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008.
Public comment closes on 21 May 2021 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 5 May 2021

Inquiry: dispatchable energy generation and storage capability

The House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is seeking submissions to inform its inquiry into the current circumstances, and the future need and potential for dispatchable energy generation and storage capability in Australia.
Public comment closes on 7 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: 3 frog species

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the following 3 frog species for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list:
– Littlejohn’s Tree Frog (Litoria littlejohni)
– Watson’s Tree Frog(Litoria watsoni)
– Tinkling Frog (Taudactylus rheophilus)
Public comment closes on 7 May 2021 >>

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Threatened ecological community listing: Coastal swamp sclerophyll forests of south-eastern Australia

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Coastal swamp sclerophyll forests of south-eastern Australia for inclusion on the EPBC list as a threatened ecological community.
Public comment closes on 12 May 2021 >>

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Queensland Coral Fishery

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on an application to renew export approval for the Queensland Coral Fishery.
Public comment closes on 13 May 2021 >>

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Measurement Law Review

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking feedback on the Regulation Impact Statement they have prepared pursuant to the Measurement Law Review.
Public comment closes 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Grey snake

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the grey snake (Hemiaspis damelii) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Mertens’ Water Monitor

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of Meterns’ Water Monitor (Varanus mertensi) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Mitchell’s Water Monitor

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of Mitchell’s Water Monitor (Varanus mitchelli) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Northern blue-tongued lizard

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of Northern blue-tongued lizard (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 14 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Long-footed potoroo

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Long-footed potoroo (Potorus longipes) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 18 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Northern long-nosed potoroo

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the Northern long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus tridactylus) for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list.
Public comment closes on 18 May 2021 >>

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Threatened ecological community listing: Lowland Tropical Rainforest of the Wet Tropics Bioregion

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of theLowland Tropical Rainforest of the Wet Tropics Bioregion for inclusion on the EPBC list as a threatened ecological community.
Public comment closes on 19 May 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: Dendy’s Toadlet

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on eligibility of Dendy’s toadlet (Pseudophryne dendyi).
Public comment closes 28 May 2021 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 5 May 2021 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Perth – Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA: Proposal to install a submarine telecommunications fibre optic cable. The project is likely to impact the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), Australian sea-lion (Neophoca cinerea), sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis), flatback turtle (Natator depressus), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Australian fairy tern (Sternula nereis nereis) and many more species. Comments close on 5 May 2021.

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Stuart, QLD: Proposal to develop a 21 lot subdivision. The development is likely to impact the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, southern black-throated finch (Poephila cincta cincta) and bare-rumped sheathtail bat (Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus). Comments close on 5 May 2021.

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Nullagine, WA: Proposal to develop a greenfield iron ore mine at McPhee Creek. The development is likely to impact the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), Pilbara leaf-nosed bat (Rhinonicteris aurantia), ghost bat (Macroderma gigas), Pilbara olive python (Liasis olivaceus) and greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis). Comments close on 5 May 2021.    

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Kemps Creek, NSW: Proposal to subdivide five lots of land and undertake bulk earthworks, installation of services and roads, and the construction of warehouses. The development will impact the River-flat eucalypt forest on coastal floodplains of southern New South Wales and eastern Victoria (a Threatened Ecological Community). Comments close on 6 May 2021.

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Maroota, NSW: Proposal for a sand extraction facility, inclusive of constructing a site infrastructure area, access haul road and a surface water dam as ancillary infrastructure. The operation is likely to impact the Shale Sandstone Transition Forest of the Sydney Basin Bioregion (a Threatened Ecological Community), Dural land snail (Pommerhelix duralensis), Bynoe’s wattle (Acacia bynoeana), rocky kunzea (Kunzea rupestris), Pimelea curviflora var. curviflora, giant burrowing frog (Heleioporus australiacus), regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), large-eared pied bat (Chalinolobus dwyeri), spotted-tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), New Holland mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae), grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) and broad-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bungaroides). Comments close on 6 May 2021.            

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Isis River, QLD: Proposal for the provision of a renewable energy facility. The construction and operations are likely to impact the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and Goodwood plum (Eucalyptus hallii). Comments close on 11 May 2021.

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NEW | Christmas Island: Proposal to undertake maintenance and upgrade of the existing boat ramp in Flying Fish Cove on Christmas Island. The works are likely to impact the curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), Christmas boobook (Ninox natalis), Christmas Island shrew (Crocidura trichura), Christmas Island flying fox (Pteropus natalis), blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), Christmas Island spleenwort (Asplenium listeri), Tectaria devexa, Christmas Island blind snake (Ramphotyphlops exocoetid), great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Comments close on 12 May 2021.

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NEW | Kellyville, NSW: Proposal for the concept approval of Kellyville Station Precinct. It is envisaged that subsequent development applications will allow for the construction of residential dwellings, retail, ancillary infrastructure and open space adjacent to the newly built Kellyville Metro Station. The developments are likely to impact the Cumberland Plain Shale Woodland and Shale Gravel Transition Forest (a Threatened Ecological Community), the River-flat Eucalypt Forest (a Threatened Ecological Community), spiked rice-flower (Pimelea spicata), green and golden bell frog (Litoria aurea), grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) and swift parrot (Lathamus discolor). Comments close on 12 May 2021.

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NEW | Huntly, VIC: Proposal to remediate Bendigo Creek by removing approximately 4 million tonnes of sludge material covering the natural ground, and recovering gold, mercury, and industrial sand. The reclamation is likely to impact the grey falcon (Falco hypoleucos), white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus), superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii), Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis), flathead galaxias (Galaxias rostratus), trout cod (Maccullochella macquariensis), growling grass frog (Litoria raniformis), grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia), Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta) and eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis). Comments close on 12 May 2021.  

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NEW | Fitzroy, VIC: Proposal for a mixed use development, which will involve demolishing the existing building and the constructing a new mixed use building comprising two basement levels, ground floor retail, three upper levels for commercial use and a fourth level residence. The development is likely to impact the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (a World and National Heritage site). Comments close on 13 May 2021.

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NEW | Jindera, NSW: Proposal to construct and operate a solar farm. The project is likely to impact the superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), small purple-pea (Swainsona recta), southern bell frog (Litoria laniformis) and white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus). Comments close on 17 May 2021.

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NEW | Newman, WA: Proposal for an extension to the existing iron ore mining operations at the West Angelas Iron Ore Project in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. The extension is likely to impact the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), ghost bat (Macroderma gigas), Pilbara leaf-nosed bat (Rhinonicteris aurantia) and Pilbara olive python (Liasis olivaceous barroni). Comments close on 17 May 2021.  

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NEW | Thurgoona, NSW: Proposal to expand an existing school campus, inclusive of (but not limited to) five new campus buildings, outdoor facilities, a bitumen driveway and intertwining pathways. The expansion is likely to impact the White Box–Yellow Box–Blakely’s Red-gum Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grasslands (a Threatened Ecological Community), Sloane’s froglet (Crinia sloanei) and swift parrot (Lathamus discolor). Comments close on 17 May 2021.


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