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.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
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.
No fees are required.
Environmental Impact Referrals and Assessments - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.
Department of the Environment and Energy
Environmental Assessment and Compliance
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Australian Government)
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 (Australian Government)
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