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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 31 March 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 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – updated 31 March 2021

Hazard Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Amendment Bill 2021

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation is seeking submissions to inform its inquiry into the Bill, which would amend the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 (the Act) to implement Australia’s international obligations in relation to plastic wastes.
Public comment closes on 7 April 2021 >>

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Save the Koala) Bill 2021

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation is seeking submissions to inform its inquiry into the Bill, which seeks to amend parts of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to introduce a moratorium on the clearing of koala habitat.
Public comment closes on 8 April 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: 9 NSW species

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the following 9 species endemic to New South Wales for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list:
– A shrub (Hibbertia circinata)
– Maroubra woodland snail (Meridolum maryae)
– Carrington Falls grevillea (Grevillea rivularis)
– Tumut grevillea (Grevillea wilkinsonii)
– A shrub (Homoranthus bruhlii)
– A shrub (Homoranthus elusus)
– A shrub (Leionema lamprophyllum subsp. fractum)
– Rice flower (Pimelea bracteata)
– Giles’ mintbush (Prostanthera gilesii)
Public comment closes on 21 April 2021 >>

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Threatened species listing: 6 QLD species

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the eligibility of the following 6 species endemic to Queensland for inclusion on the EPBC threatened species list:
– Coochin Hills grevillea (Grevillea hodgei)
– Black grevillea (Grevillea scortechinii subsp. scortechinii)
– Granite nightshade (Solanum graniticum)
– Capella potato bush (Solanum orgadophilum)
– Rat’s tail grass (Sporobolus pamelae B.K. Simon)
– Banished stink bush (Zieria exsul Duretto & P.I.Forst)
Public comment closes on 21 April 2021 >>


EPBC Referrals: Invitation to comment

How to comment

Last updated on 31 March 2021 – new additions have been marked “NEW

Alkimos, WA: Proposal for the Alkimos Coastal Node Structure, which proposes high density urban form regional beach facilities and significant community infrastructure in the foreshore, including a surf life saving club and open space for community events. The project is likely to impact the Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) Woodland and Forests of the Swan Coastal Plain (a Threatened Ecological Community) and Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). Comments close on 30 March 2021.

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Huntingfield, Tasmania: Proposal for a residential development, consisting of a mix of housing options, including dwellings on smaller lots. The development is likely to impact the forty-spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus), Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax fleayi), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), masked owl (Tyto novaehollandiae castanops), spotted tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus), eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), eastern-barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii), Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), Australian grayling (Prototroctes maraena), green and gold frog (Litoria raniformis), ammonite snail (Discocharopa vigens), Tasmanian azure kingfisher (Ceyx azureus diemenensis), Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), Tasmanian Chaostola skipper (Antipodia chaostola leucophaea), tailed spider-orchid (Caladenia caudata) and more species. Comments close on 30 March 2021.     

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Redland Bay, QLD: Proposal to redevelop parts of Bayhill Estate from rural land use to urban activities encompassing residential development and open space. The development is likely to impact the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland, koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Comments close on 31 March 2021.

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Hope Valley, WA: Proposal to clear native vegetation to facilitate the construction of Light and General Industry. The clearing is likely to impact Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso), king spider orchid (Caladenia huegelii), Purdie’s donkey orchid (Diuris purdei), glossy-leafed hammer orchid (Drakaea elastica), dwarf hammer orchid (Drakaea micrantha) and dwarf bee orchid (Diuris micrantha). Comments close on 6 April 2021.  

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Bunbury, WA: Proposal to develop a cold store and distribution centre. The project is likely to impact the western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis), Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), Baudin’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii), forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso). Comments close on 6 April 2021.   

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Katoomba, NSW: Proposal for a residential development encompassing dwellings, roads, services, stormwater detention management and asset protection zones. The development is likely to impact the Temperate Highland Peat Swamps on Sandstone (a Threatened Ecological Community), needle geebung (Persoonia acerosa) and large-eared pied bat (Chalinolobus dwyeri). Comments close on 8 April 2021.

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Howard, QLD: Proposal to develop a sewerage treatment plant along with fencing, access roads and associated buildings. The development is likely to impact the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Comments close on 8 April 2021.

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NEW | Armidale, NSW: Proposal to develop a wind farm near the edge of the escarpment on the Great Dividing Range. The development is likely to impact the New England Peppermint Grassy Woodlands (a Threatened Ecological Community), White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Woodland (a Threatened Ecological Community), koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), spotted tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) and greater glider (Petauroides volans). Comments close on 9 April 2021.

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NEW | Magenta, NSW: Proposal to construct a 3.7 km long dual-use cycleway and footpath. The project is likely to impact the Littoral Rainforest (a Threatened Ecological Community) and the Magenta lilly pilly (Syzygium paniculatum). Comments close on 9 April 2021.

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NEW | Togari, TAS: Proposal to expand an existing high-grade silica flour extraction site near Hawkes Creek. The expansion is likely to impact the Eucalyptus brookeriana wet forest (a Threatened Ecological Community), spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus ssp. maculatus), Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax) and giant freshwater crayfish (Astacopsis gouldi). Comments close on 14 April 2021.

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NEW | Yarawindah, WA: Proposal to construct and operate additional infrastructure at an existing Deep Space Facility. The project is likely to impact Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) and forest red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso). Comments close on 16 April 2021.


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