Decision on assessment approach

Environment assessment and approval process

  1. Refer an action
  2. Decision on your referral
  3. Decision on assessment approach
  4. Decision whether to approve
  5. Approved action - post approval

Your proposed action will come to the 'Decision on assessment approach' stage if it is considered a controlled action (because the proposed action is likely to have a significant impact to the matters protected by the EPBC Act)

Proposed actions can be assessed using different methods, depending on a range of considerations, including the complexity of the proposed action. The Minister will let you know which method will be used in assessing your proposed action.

Actions can be assessed using one of the following assessment approach:

  • accredited assessment (eg bilateral agreements)
  • assessment on referral information (assessment undertaken solely on the information provided in the referral form)
  • assessment on preliminary documentation (referral form and any other relevant material identified by the Minister as being necessary to adequately assess a proposed action)
  • assessment by Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Public Environment Report (PER)
  • assessment by public inquiry

The process and timing requirements for each type of assessment under the EPBC Act is summarised in the environment assessment process flowchart.

You will be notified which type of assessment approach your proposed action will be assessed under through a letter and will also be published on the public notices site.