A new way of submitting EPBC Act referral applications on the new EPBC Act Business Portal was implemented on Thursday 7 April 2022.
More information: help article for new EPBC Act Business Portal
From Wednesday 30 March the existing Online Services portal became 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.
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.