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 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


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.


As designated.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

No fees are required.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Environmental Impact Referrals and Assessments - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All 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 the Environment and Energy

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 the Environment and Energy

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
Email: epbc.referrals@environment.gov.au