Planning and approvals

North East Link is currently undergoing a robust and extensive planning and approvals process.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Referral

In January 2018, the North East Link Authority submitted a referral to the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE). This referral seeks a decision from the Commonwealth as to whether North East Link requires assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. 

The EPBC Referral assesses if the project could have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance as defined by the EPBC Act. 

The EPBC Referral for North East Link is now available on the Department of Environment and Energy website for public comment. The Referral reference number is 2018/8142.

Learn more about the EPBC Referral process.

Public works declaration

In February 2018, the Minister for Planning declared the works proposed for North East Link to be public works for the purposes of the Environment Effects Act 1978 therefore triggering the need for an EES.

An EES is used to assess significant state projects to consider potential project impacts and what can be done to reduce them.

A copy of the public works declaration is available online in the Victoria Government Gazette.