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 determined 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: A draft PER was on display for public comment for 30 business days.
  • 30 May 2019: Submissions on the draft PER closed at 5 pm.
  • 30 September 2019: North East Link Project submitted the final PER to DoEE. The final PER included a summary of how we considered and addressed submissions. A copy of the final PER is available here.
  • 13 December 2019: The Minister for the Environment approved the project under the EPBC Act. The approval includes strict conditions to manage and report on environmental outcomes for matters of national environmental significance.

More information

For more information about the EPBC Act:

North East Link EPBC Act referral documents

North East Link's EPBC Act referral, DoEE's response and a copy of the Minister for the Environment’s approval including the conditions that apply, can be found on the DoEE website at

The referral number is 2018/8142

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