Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act)
North East Link is being assessed by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation 1999 Act (EPBC Act).
The EPBC Act is the Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places.
A draft Public Environment Report was released for public comment in mid-2019 to inform approval under the EPBC Act. The PER includes information on how the project could affect matters of national environmental significance, such as federally listed threatened species and communities, migratory species and the environment on Commonwealth land during construction and operation and how adverse impacts would be managed.
From here, we’ll review all public submissions, finalise the PER and submit it to the Federal Minister for the Environment. The final PER will include a summary of how we have addressed these submissions.
The final PER will be published in mid-late 2019, with a decision by the Minister for the Environment expected in late 2019.