Read the Public Environment Report (PER)

  • 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.

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

Main volume

Executive Summary
Abbreviations and glossary
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Objective of the action
Chapter 3 Description of the action
Chapter 4 Feasible alternatives
Chapter 5 Description of the environment
Chapter 6 Impact assessment
Chapter 7 Impacts on listed threatened species and ecological communities, and on migratory species
Chapter 8 Water related impacts
Chapter 9 Impacts on the whole of the environment on Commonwealth land
Chapter 10 Proposed avoidance and mitigation measures
Chapter 11 Offsets
Chapter 12 Environmental outcomes
Chapter 13 Other approvals and conditions
Chapter 14 Consultation
Chapter 15 Environmental record of person(s) proposing to take the action
Chapter 16 Economic and social matters
Chapter 17 Information sources
Chapter 18 Conclusion


Attachment I PER Guidelines
Attachment II Content Guide
Attachment III EES Environmental Management Framework and Environmental Performance Requirements
Attachment IV Options Assessment
Attachment V List of persons and agencies consulted during the PER
Attachment VI Names of persons involved in preparing the PER & the work done by each of these persons
Attachment VII Reference List
Attachment VIII Submissions Report

Technical appendices

Technical Appendix A Flora and Fauna
Technical Appendix B Groundwater
Technical Appendix C Surface water
Technical Appendix D Commonwealth land
Technical Appendix E Project boundary and EPBC boundary coordinates