Environmental Impact Referrals and Assessment - Australian Government


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 nine matters of national environmental significance:

  • world Heritage properties
  • national heritage places
  • Ramsar wetlands of international significance
  • listed threatened species and ecological communities
  • listed migratory species
  • Commonwealth marine areas
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • nuclear actions (including uranium mining)
  • a water resource, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development.

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.


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Task Type Business Structure Description
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Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Significant Impact Guidelines - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Environment Protection

Environmental Assessment and Compliance

Contact details

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