Federal approval for the North East Link Project was assessed by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

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.

The North East Link Project prepared and submitted a Public Environment Report (PER) to the Minister for the Environment to inform approval under the EPBC Act.

The Federal Minister for the Environment approved the project on 13 December 2019.

The approval includes strict conditions to manage and report on outcomes for matters of national environmental significance and the environment on Commonwealth land. These include outcomes for the Matted Flax-lily and Studley Park Gum Trees as well as the removal of native vegetation from Commonwealth land at Simpson Barracks.

Two updates have been made to include the construction of some additional replacement facilities for the Department of Defence and Simpson Barracks and Matted Flax-lily harvest numbers after high rainfall and favourable growing conditions – ensuring salvage and relocation conditions are met.

You can view the EPBC approval and the conditions that apply on the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website. The referral number is 2018/8142.

A copy of the Federal Minister for the Environment’s approval, including the full conditions the project will need to meet are available on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment EPBC referrals website under referral number 2018/8142.