Key steps in the PER process

  • January 2018: North East Link submitted a referral to the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE). The referral sought a decision from the Commonwealth as to whether North East Link requires assessment under the EPBC Act.
  • April 2018: A delegate for the Minister for the Environment and Energy decided that construction of North East Link is a controlled action under the EPBC Act and advised that a Public Environment Report (PER) would need to be prepared.
  • 16 April 2019: Draft PER was on display for public comment for 30 business days.
  • 30 May 2019: Submissions on the draft PER closed at 5 pm.
  • Mid-late 2019: North East Link Project reviews all submissions, finalises the PER and submits it to the Minister for the Environment. The final PER will include a summary of how we have addressed submissions. The final PER is now being prepared and will be submitted to the Australian Government later this year.
  • Mid-late 2019: Final PER will be published publicly.
  • Late 2019: DoEE makes recommendations to Minister for the Environment.
  • Late 2019: Minister's decision on PER.

More information

For more information about the EPBC Act:

North East Link EPBC Act referral documents

North East Link's EPBC Act referral and the DoEE's response can be found on the DoEE website at

The referral number is 2018/8142