In Queensland, you need to apply for an environmental authority (EA) to perform an environmentally relevant activity (ERA).
ERAs are industrial or intensive agricultural activities with the potential to release contaminants into the environment. They include a wide range of activities such as aquaculture, sewage treatment, cattle feedlotting, mining and coal seam gas extraction.
There are 2 categories of ERAs - resource activities and prescribed ERAs.
Many resource activities will require an EA. The EA is in addition to the tenure requirements under resource legislation. Resource activities include