North East Link submitted a referral to the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE). The referral sought a decision from the Commonwealth as to whether North East Link required assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
A delegate for the Minister for the Environment and Energy determined that construction of North East Link is a controlled action under the EPBC Act and advised that a Public Environment Report (PER) would need to be prepared.
North East Link exhibited a draft PER for public comment.
North East Link submitted the final PER to DoEE. The final PER included a summary of how we had considered and addressed submissions.
The Minister for the Environment approved the project under the EPBC Act. The approval includes strict conditions to manage and report on environmental outcomes for matters of national environmental significance.
The Minister for the Environment updated the conditions to include the construction of some additional replacement facilities for the Department of Defence at Simpson Barracks.
North East Link's EPBC Act referral, DoEE's response and a copy of the Minister for the Environment’s approval including the conditions that apply, can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website. The referral number is 2018/8142.