Approval of Activities with a Significant Impact on a National Heritage Place - Australian Government


You will need this approval if you are planning any type of activity that may significantly impact on a National Heritage place.

An action will have a significant impact on the National Heritage values of a declared place if it is likely to result in National Heritage values being lost, damaged or degraded.

If the activity involves several stages then you may need to gain approval for each stage.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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


The duration of this approval is for the duration of the activity itself.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $6577.00

Submitting a referral.

Act(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 Australian Government

Approval time

The minister has 20 business days to decide if the proposed action triggers the matters protected by the EPBC Act and requires further assessment and approval.

Additional information

To get an approval, your application will be go though a referral process and your referral will be principal basis for the Minister's decision.

What is considered to be a significant impact depends on sensitivity, value and quality of the environment and what the impact is like.

If you are unsure about your action and significant impacts, it is possible to have per-referral meeting. Please see the attached resources  on per-referral meetings for more information.
Your referral approval can be started and submitted via the Online Services resource.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Environment Protection

Environmental Assessment and Compliance

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Environment Assessment Branch

Environmental Assessment and Compliance

Environment Protection

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Mailing address: John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes, Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address: GPO BOX 787
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 803 772
Fax: 02 6274 1789