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A new way of submitting EPBC Act referral applications is coming in on Thursday 7 April 2022.

The existing EPBC Act Referral Online Service tool (Online Services) will be closed to new applications, re-submissions and draft applications from COB on Tuesday 29 March 2022.

The new EPBC Act Business Portal will be open for business on Thursday 7 April 2022.

The process of submitting your EPBC Act referral using the current Online Services portal will need to be completed and submitted by COB on Tuesday 29 March 2022.

On Wednesday 30 March the existing Online Services portal will be frozen and will become read-only. This means you will still be able to log in, view and copy the content of the pdf of your draft referral, however you will not be able to submit this referral in Online Services.

Between 30 March, when the existing portal is frozen, and 7 April when the new EPBC Act Business Portal goes live, you will not be able to submit a referral. From Thursday 7 April, referrals must be submitted using the new EPBC Act Business Portal.

Referrals submitted via Online Services before 29 March will be concluded using the existing system with public comments made via the EPBC Act Public Notices and Have Your Say pages.

Public comments for projects submitted in the new EPBC Act Business Portal are made through the new EPBC Act Public Portal which replaces the EPBC Act Public Notices and Have Your Say.

The new EPBC Act Business Portal and the new EPBC Act Public Portal go-live date will be confirmed in coming days.

Referral of proposed action

The purpose of a referral is to determine whether your proposed action will need formal assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Your referral will be the principal basis for the Minister's decision as to whether approval is necessary and, if so, the type of assessment that will be taken.

You may still make a referral if you believe your action is not going to have a significant impact, or if you are unsure.

Who can I contact for help with the new form?

Please contact the Referrals Gateway through email on epbc.referrals@awe.gov.au, or by telephone on 02 6274 1112 during business hours (AEST/AEDT).

EPBC Act Referral Register