The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (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 — defined in the EPBC Act as matters of national environmental significance. Learn more about the EPBC Act
Online Services is now closed for EPBC Act referrals, you will be redirected to the EPBC Act Business Portal (Business Portal) to create a portal account and submit new referrals. You can also visit the Business Portal to view the status of your existing assessments and approvals, contact the department, or request a change to the details of your project.
Referrals submitted via Online Services before 29 March 2022 will be concluded using the existing system with public comments made via the EPBC Act Public Notices and Have Your Say pages. If the referral progresses to an assessment, this will be undertaken in the new Business Portal.
Note: Online Services remains active to accept payments and conduct non-EPBC related actions related to the department.