Environmental Impact Referrals and Assessment - Australian Government

Service summary

Environmental impact referral assessment and approval is required for proposed controlled actions that are likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance. An action includes a project, development, undertaking, activity, or series of activities.

The legislation currently identifies six matters of national environmental significance:

  • World Heritage properties;
  • Ramsar wetlands of international significance;
  • Listed threatened species and ecological communities;
  • Listed migratory species;
  • Commonwealth marine areas; and
  • Nuclear actions (including uranium mining).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Different assessment approaches may apply in certain circumstances, including preliminary documentation:

  • Public environment report (PER);
  • Environmental impact statement (EIS);
  • Public inquiry; or
  • An accredited assessment process.

Assessment may also be carried out under a bilateral agreement by State or Territory governments.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

As designated.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

No fees are required.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Environmental Impact Referrals and Assessments - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy
Environment Protection
Environmental Assessment and Compliance

Act(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Environment Assessment Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
Environment Protection
Environmental Assessment and Compliance


Mailing address:
GPO BOX 787
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

1800803772

Fax:

02 62741789
epbc.referrals@environment.gov.au

Supporting information

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