Minister: Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
Agency: Department of Environment and Science

Minister: Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
Agency: Department of Environment and Science


Environmental Protection Act 1994


Queensland Crest
Environmental Protection Act 1994

An Act about the protection of Queensland’s environment

Chapter 1 Preliminary

Part 1 Introductory provisions

1Short title

This Act may be cited as the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

2[Repealed]

s 2 om 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

Part 2 Object and achievement of Act

3Object

The object of this Act is to protect Queensland’s environment while allowing for development that improves the total quality of life, both now and in the future, in a way that maintains the ecological processes on which life depends (ecologically sustainable development).

4How object of Act is to be achieved

(1)The protection of Queensland’s environment is to be achieved by an integrated management program that is consistent with ecologically sustainable development.
(2)The program is cyclical and involves the following phases—
(a)phase 1—establishing the state of the environment and defining environmental objectives;
(b)phase 2—developing effective environmental strategies;
(c)phase 3—implementing environmental strategies and integrating them into efficient resource management;
(d)phase 4—ensuring accountability of environmental strategies.
(3)The relationship between each of the phases is shown in the figure appearing at the end of this Act.
(4)Phase 1 is achieved by—
(a)researching the state of the environment, including essential ecological processes; and
(b)deciding environmental values to be protected or achieved by consulting industry, government departments and the community.
(5)Phase 2 is achieved by—
(a)developing environmental protection policies that, among other things—
(i)decide environmental indicators; and
(ii)establish ambient and emission standards for contaminants; and
(iii)require waste management, including waste prevention and minimisation; and
(iv)advise on management practices; and
(b)promoting environmental responsibility and involvement within the community.
(6)Phase 3 is achieved by—
(a)integrating environmental values into land use planning and management of natural resources; and
(b)ensuring all reasonable and practicable measures are taken to protect environmental values from all sources of environmental harm; and
(c)monitoring the impact of the release of contaminants into the environment; and
(d)requiring persons who cause environmental harm to pay costs and penalties for the harm.
(7)Phase 4 is achieved by—
(a)reviewing the results of human activities on the environment; and
(b)evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of environmental strategies; and
(c)reporting publicly on the state of the environment.

5Obligations of persons to achieve object of Act

If, under this Act, a function or power is conferred on a person, the person must perform the function or exercise the power in the way that best achieves the object of this Act.

6Community involvement in administration of Act

This Act is to be administered, as far as practicable, in consultation with, and having regard to the views and interests of, industry, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders under Aboriginal tradition and Island custom, interested groups and persons and the community generally.

Part 3 Interpretation

Division 1 Dictionary

ch 1 pt 3 div 1 hdg sub 2000 No. 64 s 3 (2) sch

7Definitions—dictionary

The dictionary in schedule 4 defines particular words used in this Act.

s 7 amd 2008 No. 52 s 3 sch 1

7A[Repealed]

s 7A ins 2004 No. 48 s 29

om 2007 No. 36 s 2 sch

Division 2 Key concepts

ch 1 pt 3 div 2 hdg sub 2000 No. 64 s 3 (2) sch

Subdivision 1 The environment and its values

8Environment

Environment includes—
(a)ecosystems and their constituent parts, including people and communities; and
(b)all natural and physical resources; and
(c)the qualities and characteristics of locations, places and areas, however large or small, that contribute to their biological diversity and integrity, intrinsic or attributed scientific value or interest, amenity, harmony and sense of community; and
(d)the social, economic, aesthetic and cultural conditions that affect, or are affected by, things mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c).

9Environmental value

Environmental value is—
(a)a quality or physical characteristic of the environment that is conducive to ecological health or public amenity or safety; or
(b)another quality of the environment identified and declared to be an environmental value under an environmental protection policy or regulation.

Subdivision 2 Environmental contamination

10Contamination

Contamination of the environment is the release (whether by act or omission) of a contaminant into the environment.

11Contaminant

A contaminant can be—
(a)a gas, liquid or solid; or
(b)an odour; or
(c)an organism (whether alive or dead), including a virus; or
(d)energy, including noise, heat, radioactivity and electromagnetic radiation; or
(e)a combination of contaminants.

12Noise

Noise includes vibration of any frequency, whether emitted through air or another medium.

13Waste

(1)Waste includes any thing, other than an end of waste resource, that is—
(a)left over, or an unwanted by-product, from an industrial, commercial, domestic or other activity; or
(b)surplus to the industrial, commercial, domestic or other activity generating the waste.

Example of paragraph (a)—

Abandoned or discarded material from an activity is left over, or an unwanted by-product, from the activity.
(2)Waste can be a gas, liquid, solid or energy, or a combination of any of them.
(3)A thing can be waste whether or not it is of value.
(4)Despite subsection (1), an end of waste resource becomes waste—
(a)when it is disposed of at a waste disposal site; or
(b)if it is deposited at a place in a way that would, apart from its use under an end of waste code or end of waste approval, constitute a contravention of the general littering provision or the illegal dumping of waste provision under that Act—when the depositing starts.
(5)In this section—
end of waste approval see the Waste Reduction Act, section 156.
end of waste code see the Waste Reduction Act, section 156.
end of waste resource means a resource under the Waste Reduction Act, section 156.
waste disposal site see the Waste Reduction Act, section 8A.
Waste Reduction Act means the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.

s 13 sub 1995 No. 52 s 4

amd 2001 No. 86 s 3; 2011 No. 31 s 304; 2013 No. 6 s 7; 2014 No. 59 s 109

Subdivision 3 Environmental harm and nuisance

14Environmental harm

(1)Environmental harm is any adverse effect, or potential adverse effect (whether temporary or permanent and of whatever magnitude, duration or frequency) on an environmental value, and includes environmental nuisance.
(2)Environmental harm may be caused by an activity—
(a)whether the harm is a direct or indirect result of the activity; or
(b)whether the harm results from the activity alone or from the combined effects of the activity and other activities or factors.

s 14 amd 1996 No. 10 s 4

15Environmental nuisance

Environmental nuisance is unreasonable interference or likely interference with an environmental value caused by—
(a)aerosols, fumes, light, noise, odour, particles or smoke; or
(b)an unhealthy, offensive or unsightly condition because of contamination; or
(c)another way prescribed by regulation.

s 15 amd 2008 No. 52 s 4

16Material environmental harm

(1)Material environmental harm is environmental harm (other than environmental nuisance)—
(a)that is not trivial or negligible in nature, extent or context; or
(b)that causes actual or potential loss or damage to property of an amount of, or amounts totalling, more than the threshold amount but less than the maximum amount; or
(c)that results in costs of more than the threshold amount but less than the maximum amount being incurred in taking appropriate action to—
(i)prevent or minimise the harm; and
(ii)rehabilitate or restore the environment to its condition before the harm.
(2)In this section—
maximum amount means the threshold amount for serious environmental harm.
threshold amount means $5,000 or, if a greater amount is prescribed by regulation, the greater amount.

17Serious environmental harm

(1)Serious environmental harm is environmental harm (other than environmental nuisance)—
(a)that is irreversible, of a high impact or widespread; or
(b)caused to—
(i)an area of high conservation value; or
(ii)an area of special significance, such as the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; or
(c)that causes actual or potential loss or damage to property of an amount of, or amounts totalling, more than the threshold amount; or
(d)that results in costs of more than the threshold amount being incurred in taking appropriate action to—
(i)prevent or minimise the harm; and
(ii)rehabilitate or restore the environment to its condition before the harm.
(2)In this section—
threshold amount means $50,000 or, if a greater amount is prescribed by regulation, the greater amount.

s 17 amd 2008 No. 52 s 5; 2014 No. 59 s 17A

17AExclusions

Despite sections 14 and 15, a thing stated in schedule 1, part 2 is not environmental harm or environmental nuisance.

s 17A ins 2008 No. 52 s 6

Subdivision 4 Environmentally relevant activities

ch 1 pt 3 div 2 sdiv 4 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 4

18Meaning of environmentally relevant activity

Each of the following is an environmentally relevant activity
(a)an agricultural ERA as defined under section 75;
(b)a resource activity as defined under section 107;
(c)an activity prescribed under section 19 as an environmentally relevant activity.

s 18 ins 2000 No. 64 s 4

amd 2008 No. 52 s 7

sub 2009 No. 3 s 454

amd 2009 No. 42 s 4; 2012 No. 16 s 4

sub 2014 No. 59 s 18

19Environmentally relevant activity may be prescribed

(1)A regulation may prescribe an activity as an environmentally relevant activity if the Governor in Council is satisfied—
(a)that—
(i)a contaminant will or may be released into the environment when the activity is carried out; and
(ii)the release of the contaminant will or may cause environmental harm; or
(b)the activity will or may otherwise adversely affect an environmental value of the marine environment.
(1A)Without limiting subsection (1), a regulation under that subsection may prescribe an activity carried out in a relevant Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area as an environmentally relevant activity.
(2)To remove any doubt, a regulation made under subsection (1) may not modify the definition of an agricultural ERA or a resource activity.
(3)In this section—
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park means the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (Cwlth).
relevant Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area means an area—
(a)partly within the State and partly outside the State, but within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; or
(b)of which—
(i)part is within the State but not within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; and
(ii)part is outside the State but within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

s 19 ins 2000 No. 64 s 4

amd 2008 No. 52 s 8; 2009 No. 3 s 455; 2009 No. 42 s 5; 2012 No. 16 s 78 sch; 2014 No. 59 s 19; 2019 No. 8 s 47

19AInteraction between prescribed ERAs and resource activities

(1)This section applies in relation to an environmental authority for a resource activity if 1 or more activities (each an ancillary activity) carried out under the authority as part of a resource activity is also a prescribed ERA.
(2)The resource activity is taken to be comprised of—
(a)the ancillary activities; and
(b)the other activities carried out under the authority as a resource activity.
(3)The ancillary activities are taken to be resource activities for the purpose of applications for an environmental authority.
(4)However, the ancillary activities are taken to be prescribed ERAs for the purpose of the following—
(a)the power to impose conditions on the environmental authority under chapter 5, part 5, division 6;
(b)the fees that apply to the environmental authority under this Act.

s 19A ins 2014 No. 59 s 20

20[Repealed]

s 20 ins 2000 No. 64 s 4

amd 2004 No. 48 s 30

om 2008 No. 52 s 9

Subdivision 5 Environmental management

21Best practice environmental management

(1)The best practice environmental management of an activity is the management of the activity to achieve an ongoing minimisation of the activity’s environmental harm through cost-effective measures assessed against the measures currently used nationally and internationally for the activity.
(2)In deciding the best practice environmental management of an activity, regard must be had to the following measures—
(a)strategic planning by the person carrying out, or proposing to carry out, the activity;
(b)administrative systems put into effect by the person, including staff training and monitoring and review of the systems;
(c)public consultation carried out by the person;
(d)product and process design;
(e)waste prevention, treatment and disposal.
(3)Subsection (2) does not limit the measures to which regard may be had in deciding the best practice environmental management of an activity.

Subdivision 6 Prescribed conditions

ch 1 pt 3 div 2 sdiv 6 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 4AA (amd 2013 No. 10 s 6)

21AMeaning of prescribed condition

(1)A prescribed condition, for a small scale mining activity, is a condition prescribed under a regulation for the carrying out of the activity.

Example of a prescribed condition—

a condition about rehabilitating land
(2)It is also a prescribed condition for carrying out a small scale mining activity that the holder of the mining tenure (a small scale mining tenure) for the activity must not carry out, or allow the carrying out of, the activity unless the holder has given a surety—
(a)of the amount prescribed by regulation; and
(b)in the form approved by the scheme manager under the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Act 2018, section 56.
(3)However, subsection (2) does not apply if the holder’s small scale mining tenure is a prospecting permit.

s 21A ins 2012 No. 16 s 4AA (amd 2013 No. 10 s 6)

amd 2018 No. 30 s 96

Part 4 Operation of Act

22Act binds all persons

This Act binds all persons, including the State, and, as far as the legislative power of the Parliament permits, the Commonwealth and the other States.

23Relationship with other Acts

(1)This Act is in addition to, and does not limit, any other Act.
(2)If this Act conflicts with an Act as follows, that Act prevails, but only to the extent of the conflict—
Ambulance Service Act 1991
Biosecurity Act 2014
Disaster Management Act 2003
Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990
Public Safety Preservation Act 1986, part 3
Radiation Safety Act 1999
Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995.

s 23 amd 1997 No. 80 s 4; 1999 No. 20 s 323

sub 2000 No. 64 s 5

amd 2003 No. 46 s 19 sch; 2003 No. 91 s 175 sch 1; 2003 No. 96 s 28 sch; 2007 No. 56 s 7; 2014 No. 17 s 184 sch 1 pt 2; 2014 No. 7 s 578 sch 4 pt 2

24Effect of Act on other rights, civil remedies etc.

(1)This Act does not limit any civil right or remedy that exists apart from this Act, whether at common law or otherwise.
(2)Without limiting subsection (1), compliance with this Act does not necessarily show that an obligation that exists apart from this Act has been satisfied or has not been breached.
(3)In addition, a breach of the general environmental duty does not, of itself, give rise to a civil right or remedy.

25Extra-territorial application of Act

A person commits an offence against this Act if—
(a)the person causes environmental harm within the State by conduct engaged in outside the State; and
(b)the conduct would constitute the offence against this Act if it were engaged in by the person within the State.

Chapter 2 Environmental protection policies

26Minister may make policies

The Minister may make environmental protection policies to enhance or protect Queensland’s environment.

s 26 amd 1996 No. 10 s 5

sub 2005 No. 53 s 13

27Scope of policies

(1)An environmental protection policy may be made about the environment or anything that affects or may affect the environment.
(2)Without limiting subsection (1), an environmental protection policy may be made about any of the following—
(a)a contaminant, including, for example, an ozone depleting substance;
(b)an industry or activity;
(c)a technology or process;
(d)an environmental value;
(e)waste management;
(f)contamination control practice;
(g)land, air or water quality;
(h)noise;
(i)litter.

28Contents of policies

(1)An environmental protection policy must—
(a)state that the policy applies to the environment generally or to an aspect or part of the environment specified in the policy; and
(b)identify the environmental values to be enhanced or protected under the policy.
(2)An environmental protection policy may—
(a)state the objectives to be achieved and maintained under the policy; or
(b)state indicators, parameters, factors or criteria to be used in measuring or deciding any quality or condition of the environment; or
(c)establish a program by which the stated objectives are to be achieved and maintained, including, for example, the following—
(i)quantifying ambient conditions;
(ii)the qualities and maximum quantities of any contaminant permitted to be released into the environment;
(iii)the minimum standards to be complied with in the installation or operation of vehicles, plant or equipment for the control of contaminants or waste from stated sources or places;
(iv)measures designed to protect the environment or minimise the possibility of environmental harm; or
(d)provide for a program performance assessment procedure.
(3)An environmental protection policy may make provision about anything about which a regulation may be made under this Act, and, in particular—
(a)prescribing offences for contraventions of the policy; and
(b)fixing a maximum penalty of a fine of not more than 40 penalty units for the contravention.

29[Repealed]

s 29 amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2005 No. 53 s 14

30[Repealed]

s 30 om 2005 No. 53 s 14

31[Repealed]

s 31 amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2005 No. 53 s 14

32[Repealed]

s 32 om 2005 No. 53 s 14

33Policies are subordinate legislation

An environmental protection policy is subordinate legislation and does not have effect until it is approved by the Governor in Council.

s 33 amd 2005 No. 53 s 15

34Giving effect to policies

On approval of an environmental protection policy, the administering authority must give effect to the policy.

s 34 prev s 34 om 1999 No. 19 s 3 sch

35[Repealed]

s 35 orig s 35 amd 1996 No. 10 s 6

sub 1997 No. 7 s 4

amd 1997 No. 80 s 5

om 2000 No. 64 s 7

prev s 35 amd 2002 No. 45 s 29 (2)

om 2005 No. 53 s 16

36[Repealed]

s 36 om 2005 No. 53 s 16

Chapter 3 Environmental impact statements

ch 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

ch 3 pt 3 hdg om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4 hdg sub 1998 No. 13 s 37

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4 div 1A hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 37

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4 div 2 hdg om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4 div 3 hdg om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4 div 4 hdg om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4 div 4A hdg ins 1997 No. 80 s 14

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4 div 4A sdiv 1 hdg ins 1997 No. 80 s 14

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4 div 4A sdiv 2 hdg ins 1997 No. 80 s 14

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4A hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4A div 1 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4A div 2 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4A div 2 sdiv 1 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4A div 2 sdiv 2 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4A div 3 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4A div 3 sdiv 1 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4A div 3 sdiv 2 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4A div 4 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4B hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4B div 1 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4B div 2 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4B div 3 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

sub 1998 No. 31 s 75

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4B div 4 hdg ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

ch 3 pt 4C hdg sub 1998 No. 13 s 43

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

Part 1 EIS process

ch 3 pt 1 hdg prev ch 3 pt 1 hdg om 2000 No. 64 s 7

pres ch 3 pt 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Division 1 Preliminary

ch 3 pt 1 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Subdivision 1 Application

ch 3 pt 1 div 1 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

37When EIS process applies

(1)This part applies for a project, other than a coordinated project, if—
(a)an EIS requirement is in force in relation to an application for an environmental authority for a mining activity that is, or is part of, the project; or
(b)an EIS requirement is in force in relation to an application for an environmental authority for a resource activity, other than a mining activity; or
(c)an EIS has been required for the project under an Act as follows for which it has, under the Act, been decided or required that this part applies to the preparation of the EIS—
(i)the Commonwealth Environment Act;
(ii)the State Development Act;

Note—

See the State Development Act, part 4, division 2 and division 3, subdivision 1.
(iii)another State Act or another Commonwealth Act; or
(d)the voluntary preparation of an EIS for the project has been approved under part 2; or
(e)the project is of a type prescribed under a regulation for which approval by a Commonwealth or State authority is required.
(2)However, an EIS under this Act can not be used for making a decision under the Planning Act, other than a decision in relation to a project mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (b).
(3)In this section—
authority, for the Commonwealth, includes the Minister of the Commonwealth for the time being administering the Commonwealth Environment Act.
EIS includes a statement, however called, that is similar to an EIS.
project includes—
(a)a development or proposed development; and
(b)an action or proposed action; and
(c)a plan or policy.

s 37 prev s 37 om 1999 No. 19 sch

pres s 37 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 8; 2004 No. 48 s 31; 2009 No. 3 s 456; 2009 No. 36 s 872 sch 2; 2012 No. 16 s 78 sch; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch; 2014 No. 40 s 154 sch 1 pt 1

Subdivision 2 Definitions for part 1

ch 3 pt 1 div 1 sdiv 2hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

38Who is an affected person for a project

(1)A person is an affected person for a project if the person is—
(a)a person mentioned in subsection (2) for the operational land or any land joining it; or
(b)any of the following under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth) for the operational land or for an area that includes any of the land—
(i)a registered native title body corporate;
(ii)a registered native title claimant;
(iii)a representative Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander body; or
(c)a relevant local government for the operational land.
(2)For subsection (1)(a), the persons are as follows—
(a)for freehold land—a registered proprietor;
(b)for land that is held from the State for an estate or interest less than fee simple and for which the interest is recorded in a register mentioned in the Land Act 1994 (Land Act), section 276—a person recorded in the register as the registered holder of the interest;
(c)for land subject to a mining claim, mineral development licence or mining lease—a holder of, or an applicant for, the mining tenure;
(d)for land subject to a relevant tenure for an environmental authority for a resource activity, other than a mining activity—the holder of the tenure;
(e)for land under the Land Act or the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) for which there are trustees—a trustee of the land;
(f)for Aboriginal land under the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 (ALA) that is taken to be a reserve because of section 202(2) or (4)(b) of that Act—the trustee of the land;
(g)for DOGIT land under the ALA or the Torres Strait Islander Land Act 1991—a trustee for the land;
(i)for Torres Strait Islander land under the Torres Strait Islander Land Act 1991 that is taken to be a reserve because of section 151(2) of that Act—the trustee of the land;
(j)for land that, under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Holding Act 2013, is lease land for a 1985 Act granted lease or a new Act granted lease—the lessee;
(k)for land that is any of the following, the State—
(i)unallocated State land;
(ii)a reserve under the Land Act for which there is no trustee;
(iii)a national park (scientific), national park, national park (Aboriginal land), national park (Torres Strait Islander land) or forest reserve under the NCA;
(iv)a conservation park or resources reserve under the NCA for which there are no trustees;
(v)a State forest or timber reserve under the Forestry Act 1959;
(vi)a State-controlled road under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994;
(vii)a fish habitat area under the Fisheries Act 1994;
(l)another person prescribed under a regulation.

s 38 prev s 38 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 38 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch; 2004 No. 53 s 2 sch (amdt could not be given effect); 2009 No. 3 s 457; 2011 No. 26 s 189 sch; 2012 No. 16 s 78 sch; 2013 No. 2 s 116; 2013 No. 55 s 175 sch 1 pt 2; 2014 No. 45 s 58 sch 1 pt 2; 2016 No. 22 s 48 sch 1

39Other definitions

In this part—
comment period, for an EIS, means the comment period for the EIS under section 42(2)(e) and (3) or section 68(3)(b)(i).
draft terms of reference, for an EIS, means draft terms of reference submitted under section 41.
environmental management plan means—
(a)an environmental management document; or
(b)another document, however called, that proposes mechanisms to manage the potential environmental impact of the project.

s 39 def environmental management plan amd 2014 No. 33 s 107

final terms of reference, for an EIS, means the final terms of reference for the EIS published under section 46.
interested person means an interested person proposed by the proponent under section 41(3)(b).
operational land means the land on which the project is to be carried out.
person includes a body of persons, whether incorporated or unincorporated.
properly made submission see section 55(2).
proponent means the person who proposes the project to which this part applies.
submission period, for an EIS, means—
(a)the submission period for the EIS under section 52(1)(e) and (2); or
(b)if section 68 applies—any new submission period fixed under section 68(3)(b)(ii).

s 39 prev s 39 amd 1996 No. 10 s 7

sub 1997 No. 80 s 6

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 39 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2012 No. 16 s 4A (amd 2013 No. 6 s 9)

Subdivision 3 Purposes of EIS and EIS process

ch 3 pt 1 div 1 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 86 s 4

40Purposes

The purposes of an EIS and the EIS process are as follows—
(a)to assess—
(i)the potential adverse and beneficial environmental, economic and social impacts of the project; and
(ii)management, monitoring, planning and other measures proposed to minimise any adverse environmental impacts of the project;
(b)to consider feasible alternative ways to carry out the project;
(c)to give enough information about the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) to the proponent, Commonwealth and State authorities and the public;
(d)to prepare or propose an environmental management plan for the project;
(e)to help the administering authority decide an environmental authority application for which the EIS is required;
(f)to give information to other Commonwealth and State authorities to help them make informed decisions;
(g)to meet any assessment requirements under—
(i)the Commonwealth Environment Act for a project that is, or includes, a controlled action under that Act; or
(ii)a bilateral agreement;

Note—

For what is a controlled action under the Commonwealth Environment Act, see section 67 (What is a controlled action?) of that Act.

For assessment requirements of controlled actions, see the Commonwealth Environment Act, chapter 4, part 8 (Assessing impacts of controlled actions).

For bilateral agreements, see the Commonwealth Environment Act, chapter 3 (Bilateral agreements).

(h)to allow the State to meet its obligations under a bilateral agreement.

s 40 prev s 40 amd 1997 No. 80 s 7

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 40 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 86 s 5

40A[Repealed]

s 40A ins 1998 No. 13 s 37

amd 1998 No. 31 s 70

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

Division 2 Terms of reference stage

ch 3 pt 1 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Subdivision 1 Draft terms of reference

ch 3 pt 1 div 2 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

41Submission

(1)The proponent must submit to the chief executive draft terms of reference for the EIS that allow the purposes of the EIS to be achieved for the project.
(2)The submitted draft must—
(a)be in the approved form; and
(b)be accompanied by the fee prescribed under a regulation; and
(c)include any matter prescribed under a regulation.
(3)Also, if an approval has not been given under part 2 for the project, the submitted draft must be accompanied by the following—
(a)a written description of the project and the operational land;
(b)a list stating the name and address of each person the proponent proposes as an interested person for the project;

Example of persons who may be proposed as an interested person—

an unincorporated community or environmental body with a financial or non-financial interest in the local government area that the operational land is in
(c)a statement of how the proponent proposes to consult with the interested persons;
(d)a list of the names and addresses of the affected persons for the project.

s 41 prev s 41 amd 1997 No. 80 s 8; 1998 No. 13 s 38

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 41 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 86 s 6; 2006 No. 59 s 34; 2010 No. 53 s 50; 2014 No. 40 s 97

Subdivision 2 Public notification of draft terms of reference

ch 3 pt 1 div 2 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

42Preparation of TOR notice

(1)The chief executive must, within 15 business days after the draft terms of reference are submitted, give the proponent written notice about the draft (the TOR notice) for public notification.
(2)The notice must state the following—
(a)a description of the project and the operational land;
(b)that the proponent has prepared draft terms of reference for the EIS;
(c)where or how the draft may be obtained;

Note—

See section 65 (Public access to draft terms of reference or submitted EIS).
(d)that anyone may make written comments to the chief executive about the draft;
(e)a period decided by the chief executive (the comment period) during which comments may be made;
(f)another matter prescribed under a regulation.
(3)The comment period must not end before 30 business days after the notice is published.

s 42 prev s 42 amd 1995 No. 40 s 3

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 42 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

43Public notification

(1)The chief executive must publish the TOR notice within 5 business days after giving it to the proponent.

Note—

See section 558 (Publication of decision or document by administering authority).
(2)The proponent must, if asked by the chief executive, pay the chief executive’s reasonable costs incurred in publishing the notice.
(3)The proponent must, within the 5 business days, give a copy of the notice to—
(a)each affected person for the project; and
(b)each interested person; and
(c)any other person decided by the chief executive.
(4)The chief executive may decide another person for subsection (3)(c) only by giving the proponent an information notice about the decision before the notice is published.

s 43 prev s 43 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 43 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

44Proponent to be given comments

The chief executive must, within 10 business days after the comment period ends, give the proponent a copy of all comments received by the chief executive within the period.

s 44 prev s 44 sub 1996 No. 10 s 8

amd 1997 No. 80 s 9

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 44 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

45Advice to chief executive

The proponent must, within the period prescribed under a regulation, give the chief executive—
(a)a written summary of the comments; and
(b)a statement of the proponent’s response to the comments; and
(c)any amendments of the draft terms of reference the proponent proposes because of the comments.

s 45 prev s 45 amd 1997 No. 80 s 10; 1998 No. 13 s 39

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 45 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Subdivision 3 Final terms of reference

ch 3 pt 1 div 2 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

46Finalising terms of reference

(1)The chief executive must, within the period prescribed under a regulation, do the following—
(a)consider the documents mentioned in section 45;
(b)prepare the final terms of reference;
(c)give the proponent a copy of the final terms of reference;
(d)publish the final terms of reference.
(2)The proponent must, if asked by the chief executive, pay the chief executive’s reasonable costs incurred in publishing the final terms of reference.

s 46 prev s 46 amd 1996 No. 10 s 9; 1997 No. 80 s 11

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 46 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Division 3 Submission stage

ch 3 pt 1 div 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

47When EIS may be submitted

(1)The proponent may submit the EIS to the chief executive only within—
(a)2 years after the final terms of reference are given to the proponent; or
(b)any longer period decided by the chief executive before the 2 years ends.
(2)The submitted EIS must be accompanied by the fee prescribed under a regulation.
(3)If an EIS is not submitted under subsection (1)—
(a)the final terms of reference cease to have effect; and
(b)division 2 must be complied with again before the EIS may be submitted.

s 47 prev s 47 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 47 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2011 No. 6 s 59; 2014 No. 59 s 21

47A[Repealed]

s 47A ins 1996 No. 10 s 10

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

48Chief executive may require copies of EIS

(1)The chief executive may, at any time before the submission period ends, by written notice require the proponent to give the chief executive a stated number of copies of the submitted EIS that the chief executive reasonably requires.
(2)The notice may require—
(a)the copies to be in hard copy form or in an electronic form or forms; and
(b)a stated part of the stated number to be given in hard copy form and a stated part of the number to be given in an electronic form or forms.

s 48 prev s 48 amd 1995 No. 40 s 4

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 48 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

49Decision on whether EIS may proceed

(1)The chief executive must consider the submitted EIS and decide whether to allow it to proceed under division 4 within 20 business days after the EIS is submitted (the decision period).
(2)The decision period may be extended if, at any time before the decision is made, the proponent agrees in writing to the extension.
(3)The chief executive may allow the EIS to proceed only if the chief executive considers it addresses the final terms of reference in an acceptable form.
(4)If the decision is to allow the EIS to proceed, the chief executive may also fix a minimum period for the making of submissions about the EIS.
(5)However, the period fixed must be at least 30 business days and must end at least 30 business days after the EIS notice is published.
(5A)Subsection (5B) applies if—
(a)under the final terms of reference for the EIS, the EIS submitted by the proponent includes a proposed PRC plan; and
(b)the proposed PRCP schedule for the plan identifies an area of land as a non-use management area under section 126D(2)(b); and
(c)the chief executive decides to allow the EIS to proceed.
(5B)The chief executive must, as soon as practicable after making the decision, ask a qualified entity to—
(a)carry out a public interest evaluation for each area of land mentioned in subsection (5A)(b); and
(b)before the end of the submission period for the EIS, give the chief executive a report about the evaluation that complies with section 316PB.
(6)The chief executive must, within 10 business days after the decision is made, give the proponent written notice of the decision and of any submission period fixed.
(7)If the decision is to refuse to allow the EIS to proceed, the notice must also state—
(a)the reasons for the decision; and
(b)that the proponent may, under section 50, apply to the Minister to review the decision; and
(c)how to apply for a review; and
(d)that the proponent may, under section 49A, resubmit the EIS.
(8)In this section—
qualified entity means an entity, other than the proponent, that has the experience and qualifications, prescribed by regulation, necessary to carry out a public interest evaluation.

s 49 prev s 49 amd 1996 No. 10 s 11, 1998 No. 13 s 40

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 49 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 53 s 17; 2014 No. 59 s 22; 2018 No. 30 s 96A

49AProponent may resubmit EIS

(1)This section applies if the chief executive decides, under section 49, to refuse to allow the EIS to proceed and the proponent—
(a)does not apply, under section 50, to the Minister to review the decision; or
(b)applies, under section 50, to the Minister to review the decision and the Minister confirms the decision.
(2)The proponent may resubmit, with changes, the EIS to the chief executive within—
(a)3 months after the day notice of the decision is given to the proponent under section 49(6); or
(b)if the chief executive and the proponent have, within the 3 months, agreed to a different period—the different period.
(3)The proponent may resubmit the EIS under subsection (2) only once.
(4)The resubmitted EIS must be accompanied by the fee prescribed by regulation.
(5)The following provisions apply to the resubmitted EIS as if a reference in the provision to an EIS or submitted EIS were a reference to the resubmitted EIS—
(a)section 48;
(b)section 49, other than section 49(7)(d);
(c)section 50.

s 49A ins 2014 No. 59 s 23

50Ministerial review of refusal to allow to proceed

(1)If the chief executive decides to refuse to allow the EIS to proceed, the proponent may, by written notice, apply to the Minister to review the decision.
(2)The notice must—
(a)state why the proponent considers the EIS should be allowed to proceed; and
(b)be given within 10 business days after the proponent receives a notice under section 49(6) about the decision.
(3)However, the Minister may, at any time, extend the time for giving the notice.
(4)In reviewing the decision, the Minister—
(a)has the same powers as the chief executive; and
(b)may confirm the chief executive’s decision or decide to allow the EIS to proceed under division 4.
(5)The Minister’s decision on the review is taken for this part, other than section 49(7), to be the chief executive’s decision.
(6)The chief executive must give the proponent written notice of the Minister’s decision within 10 business days after it is made.
(7)If the Minister’s decision is to confirm the chief executive’s decision, the notice must state reasons for the Minister’s decision.

s 50 prev s 50 amd 1997 No. 80 s 12

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 50 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 53 s 18; 2014 No. 59 s 24

Division 4 Notification stage

ch 3 pt 1 div 4 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Subdivision 1 Public notice requirements

ch 3 pt 1 div 4 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

51Public notification

(1)This section applies if the chief executive has given the proponent a notice, under section 49(6), that the EIS may proceed under this division.
(2)Within 20 business days after the giving of the notice, the proponent must—
(a)give written notice about the EIS (the EIS notice) to—
(i)each affected person for the project; and
(ii)each interested person; and
(iii)any other person decided by the chief executive; and
(b)after giving the EIS notice under paragraph (a), publish the EIS notice—
(i)at least once in a newspaper circulating in the locality of the operational land; and
(ii)in another way prescribed under a regulation or decided by the chief executive; and
(c)make a copy of the submitted EIS available on a website.
(3)The chief executive may decide another person for subsection (2)(a)(iii) or another way of publishing the EIS notice for subsection (2)(b)(ii) only by giving the proponent an information notice about the decision before the notice is published.
(4)The proponent must keep the information mentioned in subsection (2)(c) available on a website from the start of the submission period until—
(a)if the proponent is given notice by the chief executive under section 56A(5) that the submitted EIS may not proceed and the proponent does not apply to the Minister to review the decision—the day the notice is given; or
(b)if the proponent is given notice by the chief executive under section 50(6), as applied by section 56B(2), that the submitted EIS may not proceed—the day the notice is given; or
(c)if paragraphs (a) and (b) do not apply—the day that is 1 year after the chief executive gives the proponent an EIS assessment report under section 57(2).
(5)This section is subject to section 68.

s 51 prev s 51 amd 1998 No. 13 s 41

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 51 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 53 s 19; 2011 No. 6 s 60; 2012 No. 16 s 5; 2014 No. 59 s 25

52Required content of EIS notice

(1)The EIS notice must be in the approved form and state the following—
(a)a description of the project and the operational land;
(b)where the submitted EIS may be inspected;
(c)where copies of, or extracts from, the submitted EIS may be obtained;
(d)that anyone may make a submission to the chief executive about the submitted EIS;
(e)the period (the submission period) during which submissions may be made;
(f)how to make a properly made submission;
(g)another matter prescribed under a regulation.

Note—

For paragraphs (b) and (c), see sections 65 (Public access to draft terms of reference or submitted EIS), 540A (Registers to be kept by chief executive) and 542 (Inspection of register).
(2)The submission period must be at least 30 business days and must end after the later of the following to end—
(a)any minimum period for the making of submissions about the EIS fixed by the chief executive under section 49(4) before the notice is published under section 51(2)(b);
(b)20 business days after the publication.

s 52 prev s 52 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 52 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 53 s 20; 2014 No. 59 s 26

53Declaration of compliance

(1)The proponent must, within 10 business days after the EIS notice is published, give the chief executive a statutory declaration declaring—
(a)whether or not the proponent has complied with the notice requirements under sections 51 and 52; and
(b)the name and address of each person to whom the EIS notice was given under section 51.
(2)A copy of the EIS notice must be attached to the declaration.
(3)The proponent is taken to have complied with the requirements if—
(a)a declaration is given under this section; and
(b)the declaration states the proponent has complied with the notice requirements.

Note—

For what happens if the declaration states the requirements have not been complied with, see section 68 (Substantial compliance with notice requirements may be accepted).

s 53 prev s 53 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 53 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Subdivision 2 Submissions and response to report about public interest evaluation

ch 3 pt 1 div 4 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2018 No. 30 s 96B

54Right to make submission

A person may, within the submission period, make a submission to the chief executive about the submitted EIS.

s 54 prev s 54 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 54 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

55Acceptance of submissions

(1)The chief executive must accept a submission if it—
(a)is written; and
(b)is signed by or for each person (signatory) who made the submission; and
(c)states the name and address of each signatory; and
(d)is made to the chief executive; and
(e)is received on or before the last day of the submission period.
(2)A submission that complies with subsection (1) is called a properly made submission.
(3)The chief executive may accept a written submission even if it is not a properly made submission.

s 55 prev s 55 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 55 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

56Response to submissions

(1)The chief executive must, within 10 business days after the submission period ends, give the proponent a copy of the following documents—
(a)each submission accepted by the chief executive;
(b)if a public interest evaluation has been carried out for a proposed non-use management area for the project—the report about the public interest evaluation.
(1A)However, if the report mentioned in subsection (1)(b) is received by the chief executive after the submission period ends, the chief executive must give the proponent copies of the documents mentioned in subsection (1) within 10 business days after the report is received by the chief executive.
(1B)If subsection (1)(b) applies, the chief executive must also, subject to section 316PE, give a copy of the report to each person who made a submission under section 54 about the EIS at the same time as the chief executive gives the proponent a copy of the report.
(2)The proponent must, within the relevant period, consider the submissions and give the chief executive—
(a)a summary of the submissions; and
(b)a statement of the proponent’s response to the submissions; and
(c)if subsection (1)(b) applies—a statement of the proponent’s response to the report; and
(d)any amendments of the submitted EIS because of the submissions or report, together with an EIS amendment notice under section 66 for the amendments.
(3)In this section—
relevant period means—
(a)generally—
(i)if section (1)(b) applies and an entity asks for a review of the report under section 316PC—20 business days after notice of the reviewing entity’s decision is given to the proponent under section 316PC(7); or
(ii)otherwise—20 business days after the proponent is given a copy of all submissions accepted by the chief executive; or
(b)if the chief executive and the proponent have, within the 20 business days, agreed to a different period—the different period.

s 56 prev s 56 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 56 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 53 s 21; 2018 No. 30 s 96C

56AAssessment of adequacy of response to submission and submitted EIS

(1)This section applies if—
(a)a submission is accepted by the chief executive under section 55; or
(b)a public interest evaluation is carried out for a proposed non-use management area for the project.
(2)The chief executive must, within 20 business days after the relevant period under section 56
(a)consider the submitted EIS and the documents given under section 56(2); and
(b)decide whether to allow the submitted EIS to proceed under divisions 5 and 6.
(3)The period may be extended if, at any time before the decision is made, the proponent has agreed in writing to the extension.
(4)The chief executive may allow the submitted EIS to proceed only if the chief executive considers—
(a)the proponent’s response to the submission, and any report about a public interest evaluation, is adequate; and
(b)the submitted EIS is consistent with the recommendations made in any report about a public interest evaluation; and
(c)the proponent has made all appropriate amendments to the submitted EIS because of the submission and any report about a public interest evaluation.
(5)The chief executive must, within 10 business days after the decision is made, give the proponent written notice of the decision.
(6)If the decision is to refuse to allow the submitted EIS to proceed, the notice must also state—
(a)the reasons for the decision; and
(b)that the proponent may, under section 56B, apply to the Minister to review the decision; and
(c)how to apply for a review; and
(d)that the proponent may, under section 56AA, resubmit the EIS and the proponent’s response to the submission or report.

s 56A ins 2005 No. 53 s 22

amd 2014 No. 59 s 27; 2018 No. 30 s 96D

56AAProponent may resubmit EIS

(1)This section applies if the chief executive decides, under section 56A, to refuse to allow the EIS to proceed and the proponent—
(a)does not apply, under section 56B, to the Minister to review the decision; or
(b)applies, under section 56B, to the Minister to review the decision and the Minister confirms the decision.
(2)The proponent may resubmit, with changes, the submitted EIS and the proponent’s response to the submission or report mentioned in section 56A(1) to the chief executive within—
(a)20 business days after notice of the decision is given to the proponent under section 56A(5); or
(b)if the chief executive and the proponent have, within the 20 business days, agreed to a different period—the different period.
(3)The proponent may resubmit under subsection (2) only once.
(4)A resubmitted EIS must be accompanied by the fee prescribed by regulation.
(5)The following provisions apply to the resubmitted EIS and response to submission or report as if a reference in the provision to a submitted EIS or the proponent’s response to the submission or report were a reference to the resubmitted EIS or proponent’s response to the submission or report—
(a)section 56A, other than section 56A(6)(d);
(b)section 56B.

s 56AA ins 2014 No. 59 s 28

amd 2018 No. 30 s 96E

56BMinisterial review of refusal to allow submitted EIS to proceed

(1)If, under section 56A, the chief executive decides to refuse to allow the submitted EIS to proceed, the proponent may, by written notice, apply to the Minister to review the decision.
(2)Section 50 applies to the notice and the review as if—
(a)they were a notice and review under that section; and
(b)the reference to division 4 in section 50(4)(b) were a reference to divisions 5 and 6; and
(c)the reference to section 49(6) in section 50(2)(b) were a reference to section 56A(5).

s 56B ins 2005 No. 53 s 22

amd 2014 No. 59 s 29

Division 5 EIS assessment report

ch 3 pt 1 div 5 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

57EIS assessment report

(1)This section applies only if the chief executive has given the proponent a notice under section 56A(5), or under 50(6) as applied by section 56B(2), of a decision that the submitted EIS may proceed under this division and division 6.
(2)The chief executive must give the proponent a report (an EIS assessment report) about the submitted EIS within 30 business days after—
(a)if, at the end of the submission period, the chief executive has accepted any submissions—the day the notice mentioned in subsection (1) was given; or
(b)if, under section 56A, the chief executive originally decided to refuse to allow the submitted EIS to proceed but, under section 56B, the Minister decided to allow it to proceed—the giving to the proponent of notice of the Minister’s decision; or
(c)otherwise—the end of the submission period.

Note—

For public inspection of the EIS assessment report, see sections 540A (Registers to be kept by chief executive) and 542 (Inspection of register).

s 57 prev s 57 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 57 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2005 No. 53 s 23

amd 2008 No. 52 s 10; 2014 No. 59 s 30

58Criteria for preparing report

In preparing an EIS assessment report, the chief executive must consider the following—
(a)the final terms of reference for the EIS;
(b)the submitted EIS;
(c)all properly made submissions and any other submissions accepted by the chief executive;
(d)the standard criteria;
(e)another matter prescribed under a regulation.

s 58 prev s 58 amd 1995 No. 40 s 5

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 58 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

59Required content of report

An EIS assessment report must—
(a)address the adequacy of the EIS in addressing the final terms of reference; and
(b)address the adequacy of any environmental management plan for the project; and
(c)make recommendations about the suitability of the project; and
(d)recommend any conditions on which any approval required for the project may be given; and
(e)contain another matter prescribed under a regulation.

s 59 prev s 59 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 59 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Division 6 Completion of process

ch 3 pt 1 div 6 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

60When process is completed

(1)The process under this part is completed for an EIS when the proponent is given an EIS assessment report for the EIS.
(2)The process is taken to have been completed for a coordinated project if the Coordinator-General’s report for the EIS or IAR for the project has been given to the project’s proponent.
(3)The process is taken to have been completed for another project if—
(a)an EIS or a similar statement, however called, for the project has been—
(i)finalised under the Commonwealth Environment Act, section 104(1); or
(ii)completed under another Commonwealth Act or a State Act; and
(b)the chief executive decides the process under this part has been complied with, or substantially complied with, for the EIS or statement.

s 60 prev s 60 amd 1997 No. 80 s 13

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 60 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 9; 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch; 2014 No. 40 s 154 sch 1 pt 1

60A[Repealed]

s 60A ins 1997 No. 80 s 14

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60B[Repealed]

s 60B ins 1997 No. 80 s 14

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60C[Repealed]

s 60C ins 1997 No. 80 s 14

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60D[Repealed]

s 60D ins 1997 No. 80 s 14

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60E[Repealed]

s 60E ins 1997 No. 80 s 14

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60F[Repealed]

s 60F ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

amd 1998 No. 31 s 71

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60G[Repealed]

s 60G ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60H[Repealed]

s 60H ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60I[Repealed]

s 60I ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60J[Repealed]

s 60J ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60K[Repealed]

s 60K ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60L[Repealed]

s 60L ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60M[Repealed]

s 60M ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60N[Repealed]

s 60N ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60O[Repealed]

s 60O ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60P[Repealed]

s 60P ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60Q[Repealed]

s 60Q ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60R[Repealed]

s 60R ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60S[Repealed]

s 60S ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60T[Repealed]

s 60T ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60U[Repealed]

s 60U ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60V[Repealed]

s 60V ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60W[Repealed]

s 60W ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60X[Repealed]

s 60X ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60Y[Repealed]

s 60Y ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60Z[Repealed]

s 60Z ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

amd 1998 No. 31 s 72

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60ZA[Repealed]

s 60ZA ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

amd 1998 No. 31 s 73

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60ZB[Repealed]

s 60ZB ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

amd 1998 No. 13 s 74

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60ZC[Repealed]

s 60ZC ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

sub 1998 No. 31 s 75

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

60ZD[Repealed]

s 60ZD ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 1998 No. 31 s 75

60ZE[Repealed]

s 60ZE ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 1998 No. 31 s 75

60ZF[Repealed]

s 60ZF ins 1998 No. 13 s 42

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

Division 7 Miscellaneous provisions

ch 3 pt 1 div 7 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Subdivision 1 Inquiries by chief executive

ch 3 pt 1 div 7 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

61Application of sdiv 1

This subdivision applies during—
(a)any stage under divisions 2 to 6; and
(b)the taking of a step or the making of a decision within any stage under divisions 2 to 6.

Example of when subdivision applies—

1when the chief executive is preparing the final terms of reference
2when the proponent is preparing the EIS
3when the administering authority is preparing an EIS assessment report

s 61 prev s 61 amd 1998 No. 13 s 44

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 61 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

61A[Repealed]

s 61A ins 1996 No. 10 s 12

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

62Chief executive may seek advice, comment or information

(1)The chief executive may seek and consider relevant advice, comment or information from the proponent or another person.
(2)The request may be by public notice.
(3)If the request is made of the proponent, it must be written, and must state a reasonable period for the giving of the advice, comment or information sought.

s 62 prev s 62 amd 1998 No. 31 s 76 (retro)

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 62 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 53 s 24

63Disclosure of relevant documents or information

The chief executive may give anyone a document or information if it—
(a)is mentioned in this part; or
(b)is required to be given to the chief executive under this part; or
(c)relates to the project or the process under this part.

s 63 prev s 63 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 63 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2014 No. 59 s 31

64Making of inquiry does not of itself alter EIS process

Asking for and receiving, or giving, a document or advice, comment or information under this subdivision does not—
(a)replace any public notice or other stage or step required under divisions 2 to 6; or
(b)extend or reduce the period required to take a step or make a decision under divisions 2 to 6; or
(c)affect or limit a provision of divisions 2 to 6 that allows the chief executive and the proponent to agree about the period for the taking of a step under the EIS process.

s 64 prev s 64 amd 1998 No. 31 s 77

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 64 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 53 s 25; 2014 No. 59 s 32

Subdivision 2 Public inspection

ch 3 pt 1 div 7 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

65Public access to draft terms of reference or submitted EIS

If a person asks the proponent for a copy of the draft terms of reference for an EIS or the submitted EIS, the proponent must, on payment of the appropriate fee to the proponent, give the person the copy.

Note—

See also sections 540A (Registers to be kept by chief executive) and 542 (Inspection of register).

For the appropriate fee, see section 543 (Appropriate fee for copies).

s 65 prev s 65 amd 1997 No. 7 s 5; 1998 No. 31 s 78 (retro)

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 65 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Subdivision 3 Amending EIS

ch 3 pt 1 div 7 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

66Amending EIS

(1)The proponent may amend or replace the submitted EIS (the original EIS) at any time before the EIS assessment report is given to the proponent.
(2)However, the submitted EIS can not be amended during the submission period for the EIS.
(3)Also, an amendment may be made only by giving the chief executive written notice of the amendment (an EIS amendment notice).
(4)An EIS amendment notice must be accompanied by the fee prescribed under a regulation.
(5)The submitted EIS is taken to be the original EIS, as amended from time to time by an EIS amendment notice given for the original EIS.

s 66 prev s 66 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 66 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 53 s 26

Subdivision 4 Effects of noncompliance with process

ch 3 pt 1 div 7 sdiv 4 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

67Process is suspended

(1)This section applies if the proponent—
(a)does not comply with a requirement under the EIS process for an EIS; or
(b)becomes entitled to take the next step under the process and has not taken the step.
(2)The following are suspended until the requirement is complied with or the step is taken—
(a)the EIS process for the EIS;
(b)any obligations of the chief executive under this part for the EIS.
(3)The proponent’s draft terms of reference or submitted EIS lapse on the later of the following days if the requirement has not been complied with or the step has not been taken—
(a)the first anniversary of the suspension;
(b)if the chief executive and the proponent have, before the first anniversary, agreed to a later day—the later day.
(4)This section is subject to sections 47 and 68.

s 67 prev s 67 amd 1998 No. 31 s 79 (retro)

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 67 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 7 (2) sch 2

68Substantial compliance with notice requirements may be accepted

(1)If the proponent has not complied with the notice requirements under division 2, subdivision 2 or division 4, subdivision 1, the chief executive must decide whether to allow the EIS to proceed under this part as if the noncompliance had not happened.
(2)The chief executive may decide to allow the EIS to proceed only if the chief executive is satisfied there has been substantial compliance with the requirements.
(3)If the chief executive decides not to allow the EIS to proceed, the chief executive must, within 10 business days after the decision is made—
(a)fix a new period for compliance with the requirements (the new notice period); and
(b)either fix—
(i)if the noncompliance was with division 2, subdivision 2—a new comment period; or
(ii)if the noncompliance was with division 4, subdivision 1—a new submission period; and
(c)give the proponent an information notice about the decision not to allow the EIS to proceed and the decision about the new notice period.
(4)The information notice must state the new notice period and the new comment or submission period.
(5)The new notice period applies despite the period for giving the notice under section 43(3) or 51(2).

s 68 prev s 68 amd 1996 No. 10 s 13, 1998 No. 13 s 45

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 68 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Part 2 Voluntary preparation of EIS

ch 3 pt 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

69Purpose of pt 2

(1)The purpose of this part is to allow the proponent for a project to voluntarily prepare an EIS for the project by using the EIS process, if it is appropriate to do so.
(2)The purpose is achieved by providing for an approval process for the voluntary preparation of an EIS.

s 69 prev s 69 om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 69 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 7 (2) sch 2

70Projects that may be approved for EIS

(1)The proponent for a project may apply to the chief executive for approval to prepare an EIS for a project.
(2)However, an application can not be made for a project if—
(a)an EIS requirement is in force for an application under this Act relating to the project; or
(b)the Commonwealth Environment Act requires the project to be assessed under chapter 4, part 8 of that Act and the EIS process has not been decided as an accredited process under the Commonwealth Environment Act; or

Note—

See the Commonwealth Environment Act, sections 47 (Agreement may declare classes of actions do not need assessment) and 87 (Minister must decide on approach for assessment).
(c)an EIS or similar statement, however called, must be prepared for the project under another State Act and that Act does not allow the EIS or statement to be prepared under the EIS process.

s 70 prev s 70 sub 1997 No. 7 s 6

amd 1997 No. 80 s 15; 2001 No. 46 s 7 (2) sch 2

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

pres s 70 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

70A[Repealed]

s 70A ins 1998 No. 13 s 46

om 2000 No. 64 s 8

71Requirements for application

An approval application must be—
(a)in the approved form; and
(b)supported by enough information to allow the chief executive to decide whether an EIS is appropriate for the project; and
(c)supported by enough documents or information to establish that the applicant may enter land to which the project relates to carry out any necessary studies for the EIS; and
(d)accompanied by—
(i)the documents that, under section 41(3), must accompany a submitted draft terms of reference for an EIS; and
(ii)the fee prescribed under a regulation.

s 71 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

72Deciding application

(1)The chief executive must consider the application and decide either to grant or refuse the approval.
(2)However, the chief executive may grant the approval only if the chief executive considers an EIS is appropriate for the project.
(3)The chief executive must, within 10 business days after the decision is made, give the proponent a written notice stating the decision, and the reasons for it.

s 72 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

Chapter 4 [Repealed]

ch 4 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2003 No. 95 s 4

amd 2009 No. 3 s 458

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Part 1 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73[Repealed]

s 73 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73A[Repealed]

s 73A ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

amd 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch; 2009 No. 36 s 872 sch 2

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73AA[Repealed]

s 73AA ins 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1

amd 2006 No. 59 s 35; 2007 No. 8 s 19; 2008 No. 52 s 11

sub 2009 No. 36 s 872 sch 2

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73B[Repealed]

s 73B ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

amd 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch; 2009 No. 36 s 872 sch 2

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73C[Repealed]

s 73C ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

amd 2007 No. 56 s 8; 2009 No. 36 s 872 sch 2; 2012 No. 43 s 229

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Part 2 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Division 1 [Repealed]

(Repealed)

ch 4 pt 2 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

Division 2 [Repealed]

(Repealed)

ch 4 pt 2 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

Division 3 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 2 div 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

73D[Repealed]

s 73D ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

amd 2011 No. 6 s 61

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73E[Repealed]

s 73E ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73F[Repealed]

s 73F ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

amd 2008 No. 52 s 12; 2011 No. 6 s 62

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73FA[Repealed]

s 73FA ins 2008 No. 52 s 13

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73G[Repealed]

s 73G ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

amd 2005 No. 53 s 27; 2011 No. 6 s 63; 2011 No. 3 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73GA[Repealed]

s 73GA ins 2007 No. 56 s 9

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Part 3 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2003 No. 95 s 4; 2007 No. 56 s 10

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Division 1 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 3 div 1 hdg prev ch 4 pt 3 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

pres ch 4 pt 3 div 1 hdg ins 2007 No. 56 s 10

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73H[Repealed]

s 73H ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

sub 2007 No. 56 s 10

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73HA[Repealed]

s 73HA ins 2007 No. 56 s 10

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73HB[Repealed]

s 73HB ins 2007 No. 56 s 10

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73HC[Repealed]

s 73HC ins 2007 No. 56 s 10

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73HD[Repealed]

s 73HD ins 2007 No. 56 s 10

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Division 2 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 3 div 2 hdg prev ch 4 pt 3 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

pres ch 4 pt 3 div 2 hdg ins 2007 No. 56 s 10

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73HE[Repealed]

s 73HE ins 2007 No. 56 s 10

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Part 4 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 4 hdg orig ch 4 pt 4 hdg om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

prev ch 4 pt 4 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

pres ch 4 pt 4 hdg ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Division 1 [Repealed]

(Repealed)

ch 4 pt 4 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

Division 2 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 4 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

73I[Repealed]

s 73I ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73J[Repealed]

s 73J ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73K[Repealed]

s 73K ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73L[Repealed]

s 73L ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73M[Repealed]

s 73M ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73N[Repealed]

s 73N ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Part 5 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 5 hdg ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73O[Repealed]

s 73O ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

amd 2007 No. 56 ss 11, 6 sch amdt 1 (amdt 5 could not be given effect); 2008 No. 52 s 14

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73P[Repealed]

s 73P ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Part 5A [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 5A hdg ins 2011 No. 6 s 64

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73PA[Repealed]

s 73PA ins 2011 No. 6 s 64

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73PB[Repealed]

s 73PB ins 2011 No. 6 s 64

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73PC[Repealed]

s 73PC ins 2011 No. 6 s 64

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Part 6 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 6 hdg ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73Q[Repealed]

s 73Q ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73R[Repealed]

s 73R ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73S[Repealed]

s 73S ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

73T[Repealed]

s 73T ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

amd 2008 No. 52 s 15; 2009 No. 36 s 872 sch 2

om 2012 No. 16 s 6

Chapter 4A Great Barrier Reef protection measures

ch 4A hdg prev ch 4A hdg ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

ch 4A pt 4 hdg (prev ch 4, pt 6 hdg) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7

renum 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 4 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

ch 4A pt 4 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

ch 4A pt 4 div 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

ch 4A pt 4 div 3 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

ch 4A pt 4 div 3 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

ch 4A pt 4 div 3 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

ch 4A pt 5 hdg (prev ch 4, pt 7 hdg) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

renum 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 5 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 5 div 1 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

ch 4A pt 5 div 1 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

ch 4A pt 5 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 5 div 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 5 div 4 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 6 hdg (prev ch 4, pt 8 hdg) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

renum 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 6 div 1 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 6 div 1 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 6 div 1 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 6 div 2 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 6 div 3 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 7 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 8 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 9 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

Part 1 Preliminary

ch 4A pt 1 hdg prev ch 4A pt 1 hdg ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 1 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

73U[Repealed]

s 73U ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

74Purpose of ch 4A

The purpose of this chapter is to—
(a)reduce the impact of agricultural activities on the quality of water entering the reef; and
(b)contribute to achieving the targets about water quality improvement for the reef under agreements between the State and the Commonwealth from time to time.

Note—

At the commencement of this section the current agreement was the ‘Reef Water Quality Protection Plan: For catchments adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area October 2003’.

s 74 prev s 74 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2003 No. 95 s 4; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 74 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

75What is an agricultural ERA

(1)An activity is an agricultural ERA if—
(a)it is—
(i)commercial sugar cane growing; or
(ii)cattle grazing carried out on an agricultural property of more than 2,000ha; and

Note—

For part 3, see also section 87A (Extended meaning of agricultural ERA for pt 3).
(b)it is carried out on an agricultural property in 1 or more of the following catchments (each a priority catchment)—
(i)the Wet Tropics catchment;
(ii)the Mackay–Whitsunday catchment;
(iii)the Burdekin dry tropics catchment.
(2)However, if only part of the agricultural property is in 1 or more of the priority catchments, the activity is only an agricultural ERA if—
(a)more than 75% of the lot on which it is carried out is in 1 or more of the priority catchments; or
(b)the part of the lot within 1 or more of the priority catchments is more than 20,000ha.
(3)For subsection (1)(b), the priority catchments—
(a)are identified on the map held by the department called ‘Map of Great Barrier Reef Catchments covered by the Queensland Government Reef Protection Package’, Map No. g090514-01; but
(b)also include any other land prescribed under a regulation.
(4)A regulation may be made under subsection (3)(b) only if—
(a)the other land forms part of an agricultural property that is only partly within any of the catchments identified on the map; and
(b)each priority catchment will, after the making of the regulation, be a contiguous parcel of land.
(5)In this section—
lot means—
(a)a lot under the Land Title Act 1994; or
(b)a separate, distinct parcel of land for which an interest is recorded in a register under the Land Act 1994.

s 75 orig s 75 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 10 s 3

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 75 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 75 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

76Who carries out an agricultural ERA

A person carries out an agricultural ERA only if the person—
(a)carries it out personally; or
(b)employs or engages someone else to carry it out on the person’s behalf.

s 76 orig s 76 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 10 s 4

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 76 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 76 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

77Other definitions for ch 4A

In this chapter—
accredited, for an ERMP, means accredited under part 3.
agricultural chemicals means agricultural chemical products, as defined under the Agvet Code of Queensland applying under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Queensland) Act 1994.
agricultural ERA record see section 83(1)(a).
agricultural property means a parcel or parcels of land, managed as one unit to carry out an agricultural activity.
cattle means beef cattle of all ages.
ERMP means environmental risk management plan.
ERMP direction see section 88(b).
optimum amount, for the application of nitrogen and phosphorus to soil on an agricultural property, means the highest amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that can be applied without over-fertilising the property.
over-fertilisation, of an agricultural property, means that fertiliser has been applied to soil on the property at above the needs of the plants being or to be fertilised.
priority catchment see section 75(1)(b).
production requirement see section 85(1).
reef means the Great Barrier Reef.
relevant agricultural property for—
(a)a provision about an agricultural ERA—means the agricultural property on which the agricultural ERA is carried out; or
(b)a provision about an ERMP—means the agricultural property on which the agricultural ERA the subject of the ERMP is carried out.
relevant primary documents, for an agricultural ERA record, see section 84(2).
sugar cane growing means a system for growing sugar cane, whether or not it includes the rotation of other crops.

s 77 orig s 77 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 77 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 28; 2008 No. 52 s 16

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 77 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Part 2 Requirements for carrying out agricultural ERAs

ch 4A pt 2 hdg prev ch 4A pt 2 hdg ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 2 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

ch 4A pt 2 div 3 hdg (orig ch 4, pt 3, div 4 hdg) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

renum 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 2 div 3 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 2 div 3 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 2 div 4 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

ch 4A pt 2 div 5 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

Division 1 Fertiliser application requirements

ch 4A pt 2 div 1 hdg prev ch 4A pt 2 div 1 hdg ins 2003 No. 95 s 4

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 2 div 1 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Subdivision 1 Offence

ch 4A pt 2 div 1 sdiv 1 hdg prev ch 4A pt 2 div 1 sdiv 1 hdg (orig located in ch 4, pt 3, div 2) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

pres ch 4A pt 2 div 1 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

78Offence about fertiliser application

A person who carries out an agricultural ERA must not apply nitrogen or phosphorus to soil on the relevant agricultural property unless—
(a)all of the conditions under subdivision 2 have been complied with; or
(b)the person has an accredited ERMP for the agricultural ERA and the ERMP—
(i)provides for an alternative procedure to prevent over-fertilisation of the property; and
(ii)states that the procedure is an alternative to compliance with the conditions.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

Note—

Noncompliance with an accredited ERMP is not, in itself, an offence. However, the noncompliance may be the subject of a direction notice. See section 363B.

s 78 orig s 78 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 78 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 3 s 105 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 78 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Subdivision 2 Conditions to prevent over-fertilisation

ch 4A pt 2 div 1 sdiv 2 hdg prev ch 4A pt 2 div 1 sdiv 2 hdg (orig located in ch 4, pt 3, div 2) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

pres ch 4A pt 2 div 1 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

79Application of sdiv 2

This subdivision applies to a person carrying out an agricultural ERA.

s 79 orig s 79 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 79 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 79 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

80Working out optimum amount

(1)The person must work out the optimum amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that can be applied to soil on the relevant agricultural property.
(2)The working out must use the results of soil tests required under section 81.
(3)A regulation may prescribe a methodology for working out the optimum amount.
(4)If a prescribed methodology applies for the application of nitrogen or phosphorus to soil on the property, the optimum amount must be worked out under the methodology.

s 80 orig s 80 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 80 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 80 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

81Soil testing

(1)The person must cause—
(a)soil tests of the relevant agricultural property to be carried out to test the characteristics of the soil to allow the optimum amount to be worked out; and
(b)reports to be prepared for each of the tests that shows its results.
(2)The tests and the reports must be carried out or prepared by a person with appropriate experience or qualifications.
(3)A regulation may prescribe—
(a)the intervals at which the tests must be carried out; and
(b)a methodology for carrying out the tests.
(4)The carrying out of the tests must comply with the regulation.

s 81 orig s 81 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 81 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 81 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

82Restriction on application of fertiliser

Fertiliser containing nitrogen or phosphorus must not be applied to soil on the relevant agricultural property if doing so may result in more than the optimum amount of nitrogen or phosphorus being applied to the soil.

s 82 orig s 82 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 82 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 82 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Division 2 Document requirements

ch 4A pt 2 div 2 hdg prev ch 4A pt 2 div 2 hdg (prev ch 4, pt 3, div 3 hdg) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

renum 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 2 div 2 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Subdivision 1 Documents that must be kept

ch 4A pt 2 div 2 sdiv 1 hdg prev ch 4A pt 2 div 2 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 2 div 2 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

83Required record

(1)A person who carries out an agricultural ERA must unless the person has a reasonable excuse—
(a)make or cause to be made within the required period a record (an agricultural ERA record) in the approved form about the matters mentioned in subsection (2); and
(b)keep the record for at least 5 years.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

(2)For subsection (1)(a) the matters are all of the following—
(a)any of the following applied on the relevant agricultural property—
(i)agricultural chemicals;
(ii)fertilisers;
(iii)soil conditioners;
(b)soil test reports prepared under section 81;
(c)optimum amounts worked out under section 80;
(d)any other matter prescribed under a regulation.
(3)In this section—
required period means 10 business days after the happening of the event mentioned in subsection (2) for which the record must be made.

s 83 orig s 83 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 83 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 83 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

84Obligation to keep relevant primary documents

(1)A person who makes an agricultural ERA record must keep all relevant primary documents for the record for at least 5 years after making it unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

(2)The relevant primary documents, for an agricultural ERA record, are—
(a)documents relating to the carrying out of the agricultural ERA the subject of the record from which information in the record was obtained; and

Example—

invoices for the purchase of fertiliser
(b)soil test reports mentioned in the record.

s 84 orig s 84 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 84 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 84 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Subdivision 2 Production of documents

ch 4A pt 2 div 2 sdiv 2 hdg prev ch 4A pt 2 div 2 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 2 div 2 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

85Power to require production of documents

(1)An authorised person may, by written notice, require (a production requirement) a person carrying out an agricultural ERA (the operator) to produce to the authorised person for inspection within 10 business days—
(a)the operator’s current agricultural ERA records; or
(b)the relevant primary documents for the records.
(2)A production requirement may be for—
(a)all of the operator’s current agricultural ERA records; or
(b)the operator’s current agricultural ERA records for a stated period; or
(c)a stated current agricultural ERA record of the operator.
(3)If the record or document produced is a hard copy, the authorised person—
(a)may keep the record or document to take an extract from, or make a copy of, it; but
(b)must return it to the operator as soon as practicable after taking the extract or making the copy.
(4)This section does not limit section 466.
(5)In this section—
current agricultural ERA records, for the operator, means any of the operator’s agricultural ERA records that are still subject to the requirement under section 83(1)(b).

s 85 orig s 85 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

prev s 85 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 85 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

86Offence not to comply with production requirement

A person of whom a production requirement has been made must comply with the requirement unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

s 86 orig s 86 om 2000 No. 64 s 13

prev s 86 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2003 No. 95 s 4

ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 29

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 86 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

87Derivative use immunity for production

(1)It is not a defence to a proceeding for an offence against section 86 that the relevant document contains information that might tend to incriminate the defendant.
(2)However, if the defendant is an individual, incriminating evidence is not admissible in evidence against the defendant in a civil or criminal proceeding.
(3)Subsection (2) does not apply to a proceeding for an offence for which the falsity or misleading nature of the relevant document is relevant.
(4)In this section—
incriminating evidence means evidence of, or evidence directly or indirectly derived from a relevant document or information it contains that might tend to incriminate the defendant.
relevant document means a record, or a relevant primary document for a record, the subject of the relevant document production requirement.

s 87 prev s 87 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2003 No. 95 s 5

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 87 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Subdivision 3 [Repealed]

ch 4A pt 2 div 2 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

Part 3 Environmental risk management plans

ch 4A pt 3 hdg prev ch 4A pt 3 hdg (prev ch 4, pt 5 hdg) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7

renum 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 3 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Division 1AA Preliminary

ch 4A pt 3 div 1AA hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

87AExtended meaning of agricultural ERA for pt 3

(1)This section applies to cattle grazing carried out on an agricultural property carrying more than 100 standard cattle units.
(2)For this part, the cattle grazing is an agricultural ERA if, disregarding the size of the property, the cattle grazing would be an agricultural ERA under section 75.
(3)This section does not limit what is an agricultural ERA under section 75 for this part.
(4)In this section—
standard cattle units means units of measurement based on the live weight of cattle as follows—

Live weight of head (kg)

Number of

standard

cattle units

up to 350

0.67

more than 350 to 400

0.74

more than 400 to 450

0.81

more than 450 to 500

0.87

more than 500 to 550

0.94

more than 550 to 600

1.00

more than 600 to 650

1.06

more than 650 to 700

1.12

more than 700

1.18

s 87A ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Division 1 General matters

ch 4A pt 3 div 1 hdg prev ch 4A pt 3 div 1 hdg ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 3 div 1 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

88When an accredited ERMP is required

A person who carries out an agricultural ERA must have an accredited ERMP for the agricultural ERA if—
(a)it consists of—
(i)sugar cane growing on more than 70ha in the Wet Tropics catchment under section 75; or
(ii)cattle grazing on more than 2,000ha in the Burdekin dry tropics catchment under section 75; or

Note—

See however section 657 (Deferral of automatic ERMP requirement for existing agricultural ERAs).
(b)the person is the recipient of a direction given under this division (an ERMP direction).

Note—

An ERMP may also be voluntarily submitted for accreditation. See section 97.

s 88 prev s 88 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

s 88 def submission period amd 2000 No. 64 s 3 (2) sch

s 88 sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 88 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

89When ERMP direction may be given

The Minister may give a person carrying out an agricultural ERA an ERMP direction only if—
(a)the Minister considers an ERMP is necessary or desirable—
(i)to improve the quality of water being released from the relevant agricultural property; or
(ii)because the agricultural ERA is causing or may cause unlawful environmental harm; and
(b)the direction complies with section 90; and
(c)if it has more than 1 recipient—section 91 is complied with.

s 89 prev s 89 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 89 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

89D[Repealed]

s 89D (prev s 34CB) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

renum 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

89E[Repealed]

s 89E (prev s 34CC) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

renum 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

89F[Repealed]

s 89F (prev s 34CD) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

renum 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

89G[Repealed]

s 89G (prev s 34CE) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

renum 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

89H[Repealed]

s 89H (prev s 34CF) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

renum 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

89I[Repealed]

s 89I (prev s 34CG) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

89J[Repealed]

s 89J (prev s 34CH) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

90Form of ERMP direction and what it may require

(1)An ERMP direction must—
(a)be written; and
(b)identify the recipient; and
(c)state each of the following—
(i)the agricultural ERA for which an ERMP is required;
(ii)the relevant agricultural property;
(iii)the recipient’s obligations under section 92;
(iv)that it is an offence for the recipient not to comply with the obligations under section 92 unless the recipient has a reasonable excuse;
(v)the maximum penalty for the offence; and
(d)be accompanied by or include an information notice about the decision to give the direction.
(2)Despite section 92, an ERMP direction may provide that the ERMP need not include the matters mentioned in section 94(d).
(3)An ERMP direction may require the recipient to include in the ERMP any matter that the Minister reasonably considers is necessary or desirable to reduce the impact of the agricultural ERA on the quality of water entering the reef.

s 90 prev s 90 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 159 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 90 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

91Public notice of ERMP directions with multiple recipients

(1)This section applies if an ERMP direction has more than 1 recipient.
(2)As well as giving the ERMP direction to each of the recipients individually, the Minister must also publish it in a modified form—
(a)in a newspaper circulating generally in the State; and
(b)in another newspaper published generally in the relevant priority catchment.
(3)The modified form—
(a)must not include any of the recipient’s names; but
(b)must include enough detail about the area or a type of agricultural ERA to which the ERMP direction applies to allow each recipient to be aware that it applies to them.

s 91 prev s 91 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 91 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

92Obligations if accredited ERMP required

If, under section 88, a person must have an accredited ERMP, the person must unless the person has a reasonable excuse—
(a)prepare, for the person’s agricultural ERA, an ERMP that complies with the requirements under division 2 (the ERMP content requirements); and
(b)within 3 months submit it to the administering authority for accreditation.

Maximum penalty—300 penalty units.

s 92 prev s 92 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 30

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 92 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

93Unaccredited ERMP has no effect

Other than for the purpose of submission to seek accreditation, an ERMP has no effect unless it has been accredited.

s 93 prev s 93 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 93 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Division 2 ERMP content requirements

ch 4A pt 3 div 2 hdg prev ch 4A pt 3 div 2 hdg ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 3 div 2 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

94General content requirements

An ERMP must—
(a)state each of the following—
(i)the person who prepared it;
(ii)the agricultural ERA the subject of the ERMP;
(iii)the person carrying out the agricultural ERA;
(iv)a description of the relevant agricultural property;
(v)the period for which the ERMP applies; and
(b)identify any hazards of the property that may cause the release of contaminants into water entering the reef; and

Examples of things that may be a hazard—

the application of fertiliser or agricultural chemicals
erosion zones
low levels of ground cover
(c)include measurable targets and performance indicators for improving the quality of water being discharged from the property; and
(d)subject to sections 90(2) and 95, include a management plan for the agricultural ERA that provides for the management of—
(i)the application of agricultural chemicals on the property; and
(ii)nutrients applied to soil on the property; and
(iii)sediment loss from the property, including the management of ground cover and erosion zones to prevent sediment loss; and
(e)if an ERMP direction has been given—provide for any matter that, under section 90(3), must be included in the ERMP; and
(f)provide for any matter that is reasonably necessary to reduce the impact of the agricultural ERA on the quality of water entering the reef; and
(g)any other matter prescribed under an environmental protection policy or a regulation.

s 94 prev s 94 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 94 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

95Exceptions for management plan requirement

(1)Section 94(d)(i) does not apply if the person carrying out the agricultural ERA has been certified as an organic operator by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service.
(2)If the agricultural ERA the subject of the ERMP is cattle grazing, section 94(d)(ii) only applies for pastures on the relevant agricultural property that are to be fertilised.

s 95 prev s 95 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 95 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

95A[Repealed]

s 95A ins 2005 No. 53 s 31

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

96Documents that may make up ERMP

(1)The ERMP content requirements may be complied with in any number of documents or by incorporating the provisions of other documents into the ERMP.
(2)The documents may be documents prepared for another purpose.
(3)An ERMP need not be called an environmental risk management plan.

Example for section 96

A person carrying out an agricultural ERA will comply with the ERMP content requirements if—
(a)for good business practice, the person prepares a document called a ‘farm management system’ that includes an environmental management component; and
(b)the component consists of a land management agreement under the Land Act 1994 and other documents; and
(c)the agreement and the other documents, when read together, comply with the ERMP content requirements, but they are not identified as an ERMP; and
(d)the person submits the component for accreditation as an ERMP.

s 96 orig s 96 om 2000 No. 64 s 15

prev s 96 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32; 2005 No. 3 s 105 sch

amd 2005 No. 53 s 159 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 96 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Division 3 Accreditation of ERMPs

ch 4A pt 3 div 3 hdg prev ch 4A pt 3 div 3 hdg ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres ch 4A pt 3 div 3 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

97Application of div 3

This division applies if a person has submitted an ERMP to the administering authority for accreditation, whether or not the person was required to do so under section 92.

s 97 prev s 97 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2005 No. 53 s 32; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 97 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

98Request for further information

The administering authority may, by written notice, ask the person to give the authority further information or documents about the ERMP content requirements by the reasonable date stated in the notice.

s 98 prev s 98 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2005 No. 53 s 33; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 98 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

99Deciding whether to accredit

(1)The administering authority must decide to accredit or refuse to accredit the ERMP—
(a)if additional information is not required—within 60 business days after receiving the ERMP; or
(b)if additional information is required—within 60 business days after the information is received or should have been given, whichever is earlier.
(2)The administering authority may decide to accredit the ERMP only if the authority is satisfied it complies with the ERMP content requirements.

s 99 prev s 99 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 34

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 99 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

100Notice of decision

Within 10 business days after making the decision, the administering authority must give the person—
(a)if the decision is to accredit—a written notice of the decision; or
(b)if the decision is to refuse to accredit—an information notice about the decision.

s 100 prev s 100 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 100 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

101Amended ERMP required if accreditation refused

(1)If the decision is to refuse to accredit, the person must—
(a)amend the ERMP to address the reasons for the decision; and
(b)within 20 business days after receiving notice of the decision or of any extended period under subsection (2), give the administering authority the amended ERMP.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

(2)The administering authority may extend the period of 20 business days mentioned in subsection (1).
(3)This division applies to the amended ERMP—
(a)as if a reference to the ERMP were a reference to the amended ERMP; and
(b)with other necessary changes.

s 101 prev s 101 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 101 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Division 4 Amendment of accredited ERMPs

ch 4A pt 3 div 4 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

102Application of div 4

This division applies to a person carrying out an agricultural ERA for which there is an accredited ERMP.

s 102 prev s 102 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 102 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

103Voluntary amendment

(1)The person may at any time—
(a)amend the ERMP; and
(b)submit it to the administering authority for accreditation.
(2)Division 3 applies to the amended ERMP—
(a)as if a reference to the ERMP were a reference to the amended ERMP; and
(b)as if a reference to accreditation of an ERMP were a reference to accreditation of the amended ERMP; and
(c)with other necessary changes.

s 103 prev s 103 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 7 (2) sch 2

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 35

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 103 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

104Direction to amend

(1)This section applies if the administering authority considers it is necessary or desirable to amend the ERMP—
(a)because it no longer complies with ERMP content requirements; or
(b)to improve the quality of water being discharged from the relevant agricultural property; or
(c)because the agricultural ERA the subject of the ERMP is causing or may cause unlawful environmental harm.
(2)The administering authority may give the person carrying out the agricultural ERA a written direction to—
(a)amend the ERMP in a stated way so as to comply with ERMP content requirements; and
(b)within 3 months submit it to the administering authority for accreditation.
(3)Divisions 1 to 3 apply—
(a)as if the direction were an ERMP direction; and
(b)as if a reference to an ERMP were a reference to the amended ERMP; and
(c)as if a reference to accreditation of an ERMP were a reference to accreditation of the amended ERMP; and
(d)with other necessary changes.

s 104 prev s 104 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 104 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Division 5 Annual reporting

ch 4A pt 3 div 5 hdg ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

105Annual reporting requirement

(1)This section applies to a person carrying out an agricultural ERA for which there is an accredited ERMP.
(2)The person must, within 2 months after the end of each financial year, give the administering authority an annual report in the approved form about the implementation of the ERMP unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

s 105 prev s 105 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 105 ins 2009 No. 42 s 6

Chapter 5 Environmental authorities, PRC plans and environmentally relevant activities

ch 5 hdg prev ch 5 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres ch 5 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 10 s 7 (1))

amd 2014 No. 11 s 110; 2018 No. 30 s 97

ch 5 pt 9A hdg ins 2005 No. 53 s 70

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 9A div 1 hdg ins 2005 No. 53 s 70

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 9A div 1 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2005 No. 53 s 70

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 9A div 1 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2005 No. 53 s 70

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 9A div 1 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2005 No. 53 s 70

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 9A div 1 sdiv 4 hdg ins 2005 No. 53 s 70

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 9A div 2 hdg ins 2005 No. 53 s 70

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

Part 1 Preliminary

pt hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 1 Key definitions for chapter 5

div hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

106What is a prescribed ERA

A prescribed ERA is an environmentally relevant activity prescribed under section 19.

s 106 prev s 106 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2003 No. 95 s 6; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 106 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

107What is a resource activity

A resource activity is an activity that involves—

(a)a geothermal activity; or
(b)a GHG storage activity; or
(c)a mining activity; or
(d)a petroleum activity.

s 107 pres s 107 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 107 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

108What is a geothermal activity

A geothermal activity is an activity that, under the Geothermal Act, is an authorised activity for a geothermal tenure.

s 108 orig s 108 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 7 (2) sch 2

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

prev s 108 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 108 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

109What is a GHG storage activity

A GHG storage activity is an activity that, under the GHG storage Act, is an authorised activity for a GHG authority under that Act.

s 109 orig s 109 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 4

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

prev s 109 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 109 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

110What is a mining activity

A mining activity is—
(a)an activity that is an authorised activity for a mining tenement under the Mineral Resources Act; or
(b)another activity that is authorised under an approval under the Mineral Resources Act that grants rights over land.

s 110 orig s 110 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

prev s 110 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 110 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 10 (1))

111What is a petroleum activity

A petroleum activity is—

(a)an activity that, under the Petroleum Act 1923, is an authorised activity for a 1923 Act petroleum tenure under that Act; or
(b)an activity that, under the P&G Act, is an authorised activity for a petroleum authority under that Act; or
(c)exploring for, exploiting or conveying petroleum resources under a licence, permit, pipeline licence, primary licence, secondary licence or special prospecting authority granted under the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982.

s 111 orig s 111 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 7 (2) sch 2; amd 2002 No. 45 s 5

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

prev s 111 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 111 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

111A Meaning of stable condition

Land is in a stable condition if—
(a)the land is safe and structurally stable; and
(b)there is no environmental harm being caused by anything on or in the land; and
(c)the land can sustain a post-mining land use.

s 111A ins 2018 No. 30 s 98

112Other key definitions for ch 5

In this chapter—
application stage, for an application, means the stage of the assessment process carried out for the application under part 2.
decision stage, for an application, means the stage of the assessment process carried out for the application under part 5.
eligibility criteria, for an environmentally relevant activity, means eligibility criteria that are in effect for the activity under—
(a)an ERA standard; or
(b)section 707A or 707B.

s 112 def eligibility criteria sub 2014 No. 59 s 33

eligible ERA means an environmentally relevant activity that complies with the eligibility criteria in effect for the activity.

s 112 def eligible ERA sub 2014 No. 59 s 110

ERA project means a prescribed ERA project or a resource project.
ineligible ERA means an environmentally relevant activity that is not an eligible ERA.

s 112 def ineligible ERA sub 2014 No. 59 s 110

information stage, for an application, means the stage of the assessment process carried out for the application under part 3.
management milestone, for a non-use management area, means each significant event or step necessary to—
(a)achieve best practice management of the area; and
(b)minimise risks to the environment.

s 112 def management milestone ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

non-use management area means an area of land the subject of a PRC plan that can not be rehabilitated to a stable condition after all relevant activities for the PRC plan carried out on the land have ended.

s 112 def non-use management area ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

notification stage, for an application, means the stage of the assessment process carried out for the application under part 4.
post-mining land use, for land the subject of a PRC plan, means the purpose for which the land will be used after all relevant activities for the PRC plan carried out on the land have ended.

s 112 def post-mining land use ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

PRC plan, for land the subject of a mining lease, means a progressive rehabilitation and closure plan for the land that consists of—
(a)the rehabilitation planning part of the plan; and
(b)the PRCP schedule for the plan, including any conditions imposed on the schedule.

s 112 def PRC plan ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

PRCP schedule, for a PRC plan, means a schedule of the plan that—
(a)complies with section 126D; and
(b)is approved under chapter 5, part 5, division 2, with or without conditions.

s 112 def PRCP schedule ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

prescribed ERA project means all prescribed ERAs carried out, or proposed to be carried out, as a single integrated operation.
public interest consideration see section 316PA(3).

s 112 def public interest consideration ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

public interest evaluation means an evaluation of a proposed non-use management area conducted under section 316PA.

s 112 def public interest evaluation ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

rehabilitation milestone, for the rehabilitation of land, means each significant event or step necessary to rehabilitate the land to a stable condition.

s 112 def rehabilitation milestone ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

rehabilitation planning part, of a PRC plan, see section 126C(2).

s 112 def rehabilitation planning part ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

resource project means resource activities carried out, or proposed to be carried out, under 1 or more resource tenures, in any combination, as a single integrated operation.
stable condition, for land, see section 111A.

s 112 def stable condition ins 2018 No. 30 s 99

underground water rights means any of the following—
(a)underground water rights within the meaning of the Mineral Resources Act 1989;
(b)underground water rights within the meaning of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004;
(c)underground water rights within the meaning of the Petroleum Act 1923, section 87(3).

s 112 def underground water rights ins 2016 No. 61 s 4

s 112 orig s 112 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

prev s 112 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 112 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 ss 10 (2)–(3), 50 sch)

Division 2 Single integrated operations

ch 5 pt 1 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

113Single integrated operations

Environmentally relevant activities are carried out as a single integrated operation if—
(a)the activities are carried out under the day-to-day management of a single responsible individual, for example, a site or operations manager; and
(b)the activities are operationally interrelated; and
(c)the activities are, or will be, carried out at 1 or more places; and
(d)the places where the activities are carried out are separated by distances short enough to make feasible the integrated day-to-day management of the activities.

s 113 orig s 113 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

prev s 113 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 113 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Division 3 Stages and application of assessment process

ch 5 pt 1 div 3 hdg prev ch 5 pt 1 div 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 35

pres ch 5 pt 1 div 3 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 100

114Stages of assessment process

(1)The assessment process for applications for environmental authorities involve the following possible stages—
application stage
information stage
notification stage
decision stage.
(2)Not all stages, or all parts of a stage, apply to all applications.

s 114 orig s 114 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

prev s 114 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 114 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

114AApplication of assessment process for proposed PRC plans

(1)This section applies if, under section 125(1)(n), a site-specific application is required to be accompanied by a proposed PRC plan.
(2)Parts 3 to 5 apply to the proposed PRC plan, as if the plan were a part of the application.
(3)Unless otherwise provided, a reference in parts 3 to 5 to an application includes a reference to the proposed PRC plan.

s 114A ins 2018 No. 30 s 101

Division 4 Relationship with the Planning Act

ch 5 pt 1 div 4 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

115Development application taken to be application for environmental authority in particular circumstances

(1)This section applies if—
(a)a development application is made for a development permit for a material change of use of premises under the Planning Act; and
(b)the material change of use of premises—
(i)is for a prescribed ERA; and
(ii)is categorised as assessable development under a regulation made under the Planning Act.
(2)The development application is taken to also be an application for an environmental authority for the prescribed ERA.
(3)However, parts 2, other than division 2, to 4 do not apply to the application for the environmental authority.
(4)A properly made submission under the Planning Act about the development application is, to the extent it relates to the prescribed ERA, taken to be a properly made submission about the application for the environmental authority.
(5)If the development application lapses or is changed or withdrawn under the Planning Act, the application for an environmental authority for the prescribed ERA is also taken to have lapsed or been changed or withdrawn.

s 115 orig s 115 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 ss 6, 3 (2) sch

om 2003 No. 95 s 7

prev s 115 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 36

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 115 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 40 s 87; 2016 No. 27 s 210

Part 2 Application stage

ch 5 pt 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 1 Preliminary

ch 5 pt 2 div 1 hdg prev ch 5 pt 2 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 36

pres ch 5 pt 2 div 1 hdg (prev ch 5 pt 2 div 2 hdg) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

renum 2004 No. 48 s 37

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

ch 5 pt 2 div 1 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 2 div 1 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 2 div 1 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

116Who may apply for an environmental authority

(1)An entity may apply for an environmental authority to carry out 1 or more environmentally relevant activities.

Note—

See also section 426 (Environmental authority required for particular environmentally relevant activities).
(2)An application under subsection (1) may also be made jointly by 2 or more entities.
(3)This section is subject to sections 117 to 120.

s 116 prev s 116 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 116 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 ss 10 (4), 50 sch)

117Restriction for applications for resource activities

An entity may apply for an environmental authority for a resource activity only if the entity is the applicant for a relevant tenure for the resource activity.

s 117 prev s 117 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7

amd 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 117 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

34DK[Repealed]

s 34DK ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2002 No. 45 s 7

118Single application required for ERA projects

(1)This section applies if an entity proposes to carry out environmentally relevant activities as an ERA project.
(2)The entity may only make a single application for a single environmental authority for all relevant activities that form the project.

s 118 prev s 118 ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 118 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

118D[Repealed]

s 118D ins 1997 No. 80 s 21

om 2000 No. 64 s 22

119Single environmental authority required for ERA projects

(1)This section applies if an environmental authority has been issued for an ERA project.
(2)The holder of the authority can not apply for a separate environmental authority for additional activities proposed to be carried out as part of the project.
(3)Subsection (2) applies whether or not the additional activity is a resource activity that is proposed to be carried out under another relevant tenure as part of the project.
(4)This section does not prevent the holder from applying to amend or transfer the environmental authority, or amalgamate the authority with another authority of the holder.

s 119 prev s 119 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7

amd 2003 No. 95 s 8

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 119 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

120Application for environmental authority can not be made in particular circumstances

(1)An application for an environmental authority for a prescribed ERA can not be made if, under the Planning Act—
(a)a development permit for a material change of use of premises relating to the activity is necessary under the Planning Act for the carrying out of the activity; and
(b)neither of the following applications has been made—
(i)a development application for a development permit mentioned in paragraph (a);
(ii)a change application to change a development permit to authorise a material change of use of premises relating to the activity, if the permit does not already authorise the material change of use.
(2)Also, an application for an environmental authority can not be made if—
(a)it is for a prescribed ERA that is an extractive activity; and
(b)it relates to the North Stradbroke Island Region; and
(c)it involves dredging or extracting more than 10,000 tonnes of material a year.
(3)Also, an application for an environmental authority for a prescribed ERA can not be made if—
(a)the activity is to be carried out on a parcel of land within a State development area; and
(b)the approved development scheme under the State Development Act for the State development area states that the development of the parcel of land for the prescribed ERA is SDA assessable development under that Act; and
(c)either of the following apply—
(i)the applicant has not applied for an SDA approval for the development under the State Development Act, section 84D;
(ii)the SDA approval for the development under the State Development Act has lapsed under section 84H of that Act.
(4)In this section—
extractive activity means an activity prescribed under a regulation as an extractive activity.
North Stradbroke Island Region see the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Act 2011, section 5.
State development area see the State Development Act, schedule 2.

s 120 prev s 120 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7

amd 2003 No. 95 s 9

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 120 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 40 s 154 sch 1 pt 1; 2016 No. 27 s 211

Division 2 Types of applications

ch 5 pt 2 div 2 hdg (prev ch 5 pt 2 div 3 hdg) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 40; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

121Types of applications

The types of applications for an environmental authority are—
(a)standard applications; and
(b)variation applications; and
(c)site-specific applications.

s 121 prev s 121 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 121 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

122What is a standard application

(1)An application for an environmental authority is a standard application if—
(a)the environmental authority is to be subject to the standard conditions for the authority or the environmentally relevant activity for the authority; and
(b)all proposed environmentally relevant activities for the environmental authority are eligible ERAs.
(2)An application for an environmental authority, for an environmentally relevant activity that is carried out as part of a coordinated project, is also a standard application if—
(a)there are Coordinator-General’s conditions—
(i)that relate to the activity the subject of the application; and
(ii)that are the same as the standard conditions for the authority or the activity; and
(b)all proposed environmentally relevant activities for the authority are eligible ERAs.

s 122 prev s 122 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7

amd 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 37

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 122 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 111

123What is a variation application

(1)An application for an environmental authority is a variation application if—
(a)the application seeks to change the standard conditions for the environmental authority or the environmentally relevant activity for the authority; and
(b)all proposed environmentally relevant activities for the environmental authority are eligible ERAs.
(2)An application for an environmental authority, for an environmentally relevant activity that is carried out as part of a coordinated project, is also a variation application if—
(a)there are Coordinator-General’s conditions—
(i)that relate to the activity the subject of the application; and
(ii)that are not the same as the standard conditions for the authority or the activity; and
(b)all proposed environmentally relevant activities for the environmental authority are eligible ERAs.

s 123 prev s 123 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 123 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 112

124What is a site-specific application

An application for an environmental authority is a site-specific application if any of the proposed environmentally relevant activities for the authority are ineligible ERAs.

s 124 prev s 124 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 124 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Division 3 Applying for environmental authorities and requirements for PRC plans

ch 5 pt 2 div 3 hdg ins 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 102

125Requirements for applications generally

(1)An application for an environmental authority must—
(a)be made to the administering authority; and
(b)be made in the approved form; and
(c)describe all environmentally relevant activities for the application; and
(d)describe the land on which each activity will be carried out; and
(e)be accompanied by the fee prescribed under a regulation; and
(f)if 2 or more entities (joint applicants) jointly make the application—nominate 1 joint applicant as the principal applicant; and
(g)state whether the application is—
(i)a standard application; or
(ii)a variation application; or
(iii)a site-specific application; and
(h)state whether the applicant is a registered suitable operator; and
(i)if a development permit under the Planning Act, or an SDA approval under the State Development Act, is required under either of those Acts for carrying out the environmentally relevant activities for the application—describe the permit or approval; and
(j)if the application is a standard or variation application—include a declaration that each relevant activity complies with the eligibility criteria; and
(k)if the application is a variation application—
(i)for a variation application under section 123(1)—state the standard conditions for the activity or authority the applicant seeks to change; or
(ii)for a variation application under section 123(2)—state the standard conditions that are not the same as the Coordinator-General’s conditions; and
(l)if the application is a variation or site-specific application—
(i)include an assessment of the likely impact of each relevant activity on the environmental values, including—
(A)a description of the environmental values likely to be affected by each relevant activity; and
(B)details of any emissions or releases likely to be generated by each relevant activity; and
(C)a description of the risk and likely magnitude of impacts on the environmental values; and
(D)details of the management practices proposed to be implemented to prevent or minimise adverse impacts; and
(E)if paragraph (n) does not apply—details of how the land the subject of the application will be rehabilitated after each relevant activity ceases; and
(ii)include a description of the proposed measures for minimising and managing waste generated by each relevant activity; and
(iii)include details of any site management plan that relates to the land the subject of the application; and
(m)if the application is for a prescribed ERA—state whether the applicant wants any environmental authority granted for the application to take effect on a day nominated by the applicant; and
(n)if the application is a site-specific application for a mining activity relating to a mining lease—be accompanied by a proposed PRC plan that complies with this division; and
(o)include any other document relating to the application prescribed under a regulation.
(2)Despite subsection (1)(l), if the application is a variation application under section 123(1), it need only include the matters mentioned in that subsection to the extent it seeks to change the standard conditions for the activity or authority.
(3)Subsection (1)(l) does not apply for an application if—
(a)either—
(i)the EIS process for an EIS for each relevant activity the subject of the application has been completed; or
(ii)the Coordinator-General has evaluated an EIS for each relevant activity the subject of the application and there are Coordinator-General’s conditions that relate to each relevant activity; and
(b)an assessment of the environmental risks of each relevant activity would be the same as the assessment in the EIS mentioned in paragraph (a)(i), or the evaluation mentioned in paragraph (a)(ii), if completed.
(4)Also, subsection (1)(l) does not apply for a variation application under section 123(2) if the application seeks only to apply the Coordinator-General’s conditions.

s 125 prev s 125 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 125 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

amd 2014 No. 40 s 154 sch 1 pt 1; 2014 No. 59 s 113; 2018 No. 30 s 103

126Requirements for site-specific applications—CSG activities

(1)A site-specific application for a CSG activity must also state the following—
(a)the quantity of CSG water the applicant reasonably expects will be generated in connection with carrying out each relevant CSG activity;
(b)the flow rate at which the applicant reasonably expects the water will be generated;
(c)the quality of the water, including changes in the water quality the applicant reasonably expects will happen while each relevant CSG activity is carried out;
(d)the proposed management of the water including, for example, the use, treatment, storage or disposal of the water;
(e)the measurable criteria (the management criteria) against which the applicant will monitor and assess the effectiveness of the management of the water, including, for example, criteria for each of the following—
(i)the quantity and quality of the water used, treated, stored or disposed of;
(ii)protection of the environmental values affected by each relevant CSG activity;
(iii)the disposal of waste, including, for example, salt, generated from the management of the water;
(f)the action proposed to be taken if any of the management criteria are not complied with, to ensure the criteria will be able to be complied with in the future.
(2)The proposed management of the water can not provide for using a CSG evaporation dam in connection with carrying out a relevant CSG activity unless—
(a)the application includes an evaluation of—
(i)best practice environmental management for managing the CSG water; and
(ii)alternative ways for managing the water; and
(b)the evaluation shows there is no feasible alternative to a CSG evaporation dam for managing the water.
(3)This section does not apply for a site-specific application for a CSG activity if—
(a)the Coordinator-General has evaluated an EIS for the CSG activity under the State Development Act; and
(b)there are Coordinator-General’s conditions for each relevant activity the subject of the application; and
(c)an assessment of the environmental risks of the activity would be the same as the evaluation mentioned in paragraph (a), if completed.

s 126 prev s 126 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 126 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2016 No. 59 s 114

126ARequirements for site-specific applications—particular resource projects and resource activities

(1)This section applies to a site-specific application, involving the exercise of underground water rights, for—
(a)a resource project that includes a resource tenure that is a mineral development licence, mining lease or petroleum lease; or
(b)a resource activity for which the relevant tenure is a mineral development licence, mining lease or petroleum lease.
(2)The application must also state the following—
(a)any proposed exercise of underground water rights during the period in which resource activities will be carried out under the relevant tenure;
(b)the areas in which underground water rights are proposed to be exercised;
(c)for each aquifer affected, or likely to be affected, by the exercise of underground water rights—
(i)a description of the aquifer; and
(ii)an analysis of the movement of underground water to and from the aquifer, including how the aquifer interacts with other aquifers and surface water; and
(iii)a description of the area of the aquifer where the water level is predicted to decline because of the exercise of underground water rights; and
(iv)the predicted quantities of water to be taken or interfered with because of the exercise of underground water rights during the period in which resource activities are carried out;
(d)the environmental values that will, or may, be affected by the exercise of underground water rights and the nature and extent of the impacts on the environmental values;
(e)any impacts on the quality of groundwater that will, or may, happen because of the exercise of underground water rights during or after the period in which resource activities are carried out;
(f)strategies for avoiding, mitigating or managing the predicted impacts on the environmental values stated for paragraph (d) or the impacts on the quality of groundwater mentioned in paragraph (e).

s 126A ins 2016 No. 61 s 5

126BMain purpose of PRC plan

The main purposes of a PRC plan are to—
(a)require the holder of an environmental authority issued for an application mentioned in section 125(1)(n) to plan for how and where environmentally relevant activities will be carried out on land in a way that maximises the progressive rehabilitation of the land to a stable condition; and
(b)provide for the condition to which the holder must rehabilitate the land before the authority may be surrendered.

s 126B ins 2018 No. 30 s 104

126CRequirements for PRC plan

(1)A proposed PRC plan must—
(a)be in the approved form; and
(b)describe the following—
(i)each resource tenure, including the area of each tenure, to which the application relates;
(ii)the relevant activities to which the application relates;
(iii)the likely duration of the relevant activities; and
(c)include—
(i)a proposed PRCP schedule that complies with section 126D; and
(ii)a detailed description, including maps, of how and where the relevant activities are to be carried out; and
(iii)details of the consultation undertaken by the applicant in developing the proposed PRC plan; and
(iv)details of how the applicant will undertake ongoing consultation in relation to the rehabilitation to be carried out under the plan; and
(d)state the extent to which each proposed post-mining land use for land, or non-use management area, identified in the proposed PRCP schedule for the plan is consistent with—
(i)the outcome of consultation with the community in developing the plan; and
(ii)any strategies or plans for the land of a local government, the State or the Commonwealth; and
(e)for each proposed post-mining land use for land, state the applicant’s proposed methods or techniques for rehabilitating the land to a stable condition in a way that supports the rehabilitation milestones under the proposed PRCP schedule; and
(f)identify the risks of a stable condition for land mentioned in paragraph (e) not being achieved, and how the applicant intends to manage or minimise the risks; and
(g)for each proposed non-use management area, state the reasons the applicant considers the area can not be rehabilitated to a stable condition because of a matter mentioned in section 126D(2); and
(h)for each matter mentioned in paragraph (g), include copies of reports or other evidence relied on by the applicant for each proposed non-use management area; and
(i)for each proposed non-use management area, state the applicant’s proposed methodology for achieving best practice management of the area to support the management milestones under the proposed PRCP schedule for the area; and
(j)include the other information the administering authority reasonably considers necessary to decide whether to approve the PRCP schedule for the plan.
(2)The matters mentioned in subsection (1), other than the matter mentioned in subsection (1)(c)(i), are the rehabilitation planning part of the proposed PRC plan.

s 126C ins 2018 No. 30 s 104

126DRequirements for proposed PRCP schedule

(1)A proposed PRCP schedule must—
(a)for the area of each resource tenure described in the PRC plan, state—
(i)the proposed post-mining land use for the land; or
(ii)that the applicant considers the land to be a non-use management area; and
(b)for each proposed post-mining land use mentioned in paragraph (a)(i), state—
(i)each rehabilitation milestone required to achieve a stable condition for the land; and
(ii)when each rehabilitation milestone is to be achieved; and
(c)for each non-use management area mentioned in paragraph (a)(ii), state—
(i)each management milestone for the area; and
(ii)when each management milestone is to be achieved; and
(d)include maps showing the land mentioned in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c).
(2)The PRCP schedule may state that land is a non-use management area only if—
(a)carrying out rehabilitation of the land would cause a greater risk of environmental harm than not carrying out the rehabilitation; or
(b)both of the following apply—
(i)the risk of environmental harm as a result of not carrying out rehabilitation of the land is confined to the area of the relevant resource tenure;
(ii)the applicant considers, having regard to each public interest consideration, that it is in the public interest for the land not to be rehabilitated to a stable condition.
(3)Despite subsection (2), if land the subject of the proposed PRCP schedule will contain a void situated wholly or partly in a flood plain, the schedule must provide for rehabilitation of the land to a stable condition.
(4)For subsection (1)(b)(ii), the PRCP schedule must provide for each rehabilitation milestone to be achieved as soon as practicable after the land to which it relates becomes available for rehabilitation.
(5)For subsection (4), land is available for rehabilitation if the land is not being mined, unless—
(a)the land is being used for operating infrastructure or machinery for mining, including, for example, a dam or water storage facility; or
(b)the land is identified in the proposed PRCP schedule or the application for an environmental authority for relevant activities to which the schedule relates as containing a probable or proved ore reserve that is to be mined within 10 years after the land would otherwise have become available for rehabilitation; or
(ba)the land is required for the mining of a probable or proved ore reserve mentioned in paragraph (b); or
(c)the land contains permanent infrastructure identified in the proposed PRCP schedule as remaining on the land for a post-mining land use.
(6)In this section—
mined means mined within the meaning of the Mineral Resources Act, section 6A.
probable or proved ore reserve means a probable ore reserve or proved ore reserve mentioned in the listing rules made by ASX Limited (ACN 008 624 691) for the listing of corporations on the Australian stock exchange.
void means an area of land to be excavated in the carrying out of a mining activity.

s 126D ins 2018 No. 30 s 104

127When application is a properly made application

An application for an environmental authority under section 116(1) is a properly made application if it complies with this division.

s 127 prev s 127 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 127 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Division 4 Notices about not properly made applications

ch 5 pt 2 div 4 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

128Notice about application that is not a properly made application

(1)This section applies if an application is not a properly made application.
(2)The administering authority must, within 10 business days after receiving the application, give the applicant a notice stating the following—
(a)it is not a properly made application;
(b)the reasons the administering authority is satisfied it is not a properly made application;
(c)the action the administering authority is satisfied the applicant must take for the application to be a properly made application;
(d)the period of at least 20 business days after the notice is given within which the applicant must give written notice to the administering authority that the action has been taken;
(e)that, if the applicant does not give the notice mentioned in paragraph (d) within the stated period, the application will lapse under section 129.

s 128 prev s 128 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2002 No. 45 s 7; 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 128 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

128A[Repealed]

s 128A ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128B[Repealed]

s 128B ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128C[Repealed]

s 128C ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

amd 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128D[Repealed]

s 128D ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128E[Repealed]

s 128E ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128F[Repealed]

s 128F ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128G[Repealed]

s 128G ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128H[Repealed]

s 128H ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128I[Repealed]

s 128I ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128J[Repealed]

s 128J ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

amd 2003 No. 95 s 10

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128K[Repealed]

s 128K ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128L[Repealed]

s 128L ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128M[Repealed]

s 128M ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128N[Repealed]

s 128N ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128O[Repealed]

s 128O ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

128P[Repealed]

s 128P ins 2002 No. 45 s 7

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

129When application lapses

(1)This section applies if the applicant is given a notice under section 128(2).
(2)The application lapses if the applicant does not, within the stated period or the further period agreed between the administering authority and the applicant—
(a)take the action mentioned in section 128(2)(c); and
(b)give the administering authority written notice that the action has been taken.

s 129 prev s 129 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32; 2005 No. 53 s 38

amd 2008 No. 52 s 3 sch 1

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 129 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Division 5 Joint applicants

ch 5 pt 2 div 5 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

130Nomination of principal applicant

(1)This section applies if joint applicants jointly apply for 1 or more environmental authorities.
(2)The entity nominated in the application as the principal applicant for the application may, for all applicants for the application, give to the administering authority a notice or other document relating to the application or a proposed PRC plan accompanying the application.
(3)The administering authority may—
(a)give a notice or other document relating to the application or a proposed PRC plan accompanying the application to all the applicants, by giving it to the principal applicant nominated in the application; or
(b)make a requirement under this chapter relating to the application or a proposed PRC plan accompanying the application of all the applicants, by making it of the principal applicant nominated in the application.

s 130 prev s 130 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 ss 8, 3 (2) sch; 2003 No. 95 s 11

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 130 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

amd 2018 No. 30 s 105

Division 6 Changing applications

ch 5 pt 2 div 6 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Subdivision 1 Preliminary

ch 5 pt 2 div 6 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

131Meaning of minor change

(1)A minor change, for an application or proposed PRC plan, is any of the following changes to the application or plan—
(a)a change that merely corrects a mistake about the name or address of the applicant;
(b)a change of applicant;
(c)a change that merely corrects a spelling or grammatical error;
(d)a change that the administering authority is satisfied would not adversely affect the ability of the authority to assess the changed application.
(2)For subsection (1)(d), a minor change does not include a change that would have the effect that the type of application is changed.

s 131 prev s 131 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 9; 2003 No. 95 s 12

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 159 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 131 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 106

Subdivision 2 Procedure for changing applications

ch 5 pt 2 div 5 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

132Changing application or proposed PRC plan

(1)Before an application is decided or a proposed PRCP schedule is approved, the applicant may change the application or proposed PRC plan for the schedule by giving the administering authority—
(a)written notice of the change; and
(b)the fee prescribed under a regulation.
(2)An applicant can not change an application or proposed PRC plan if the change would, if the application were remade including the change, result in the application not being a properly made application.
(3)Subsection (2) does not apply to the applicant if the applicant takes the action that would be necessary to make the application a properly made application if it were remade.
(4)If the change to the application is, or includes, a change of applicant, the notice of the change—
(a)may be given to the administering authority by the entity proposing to become the applicant; and
(b)must be accompanied by the written consent of the entity who is the applicant immediately before the change.

s 132 prev s 132 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 132 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

amd 2018 No. 30 s 107

Subdivision 3 Changed applications—effect on assessment process

ch 5 pt 2 div 6 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

133Effect on assessment process—minor changes and agreed changes

(1)The assessment process does not stop for a changed application or proposed PRC plan if—
(a)the change is a minor change of the application or plan; or
(b)the administering authority gives its written agreement to the change.
(2)For the changed application or proposed PRC plan, the notification stage does not again apply, and is not required to restart, if—
(a)the notification stage applied to the original application or plan; and
(b)the change was made during the notification stage or after the notification stage ended.

s 133 prev s 133 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 39

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 133 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 108

134Effect on assessment process—other changes

(1)Subsection (2) applies to a changed application or proposed PRC plan if—
(a)the change is not a minor change; and
(b)the administering authority has not given its written agreement to the change.
(2)The assessment process stops on the day the notice of the change is received by the administering authority and starts again from the end of the application stage.
(3)Subsection (4) applies to a changed application or proposed PRC plan if—
(a)the assessment process has stopped under subsection (2) for the application or proposed PRC plan; and
(b)the notification stage applied to the original application; and
(c)the change was made during the notification stage or after the notification stage ended.
(4)The notification stage must be repeated unless the administering authority is satisfied the change would not be likely to attract a submission objecting to the thing the subject of the change, if the notification stage were to apply to the change.

s 134 prev s 134 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 40

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 134 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 109

Division 7 Withdrawing applications

ch 5 pt 2 div 7 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

135Withdrawing an application

At any time before an environmental authority is issued, the applicant may withdraw the application by giving written notice of the withdrawal to the administering authority.

s 135 pres s 135 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2003 No. 95 s 13

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 135 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Division 8 End of application stage

ch 5 pt 2 div 8 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

136When does application stage end

The application stage for an application ends—
(a)if the applicant is given a notice under section 128(2)—the day the administering authority receives the notice mentioned in section 128(2)(d); or
(b)otherwise, the earlier of the following—
(i)if the administering authority is satisfied the requirements under the application stage have been complied with—when the administering authority becomes satisfied the requirements have been complied with;
(ii)10 business days after the administering authority receives the application.

s 136 prev s 136 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 41; 2008 No. 52 s 3 sch 1

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 136 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 34

136A Administering authority must obtain report about public interest evaluation for particular applications

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the application stage for a site-specific application for a mining activity relating to a mining lease ends; and
(b)the application is accompanied by a proposed PRC plan that includes a proposed PRCP schedule identifying an area of land as a non-use management area under section 126D(2)(b); and
(c)either—
(i)a public interest evaluation by a qualified entity for the area of land mentioned in paragraph (b) has not been carried out for an EIS; or
(ii)a public interest evaluation by a qualified entity for the area of land mentioned in paragraph (b) has been carried out for an EIS and, since the evaluation was carried out, the proposed non-use management area has changed.
(2)The administering authority must, as soon as practicable after the application stage ends, ask a qualified entity to—
(a)carry out a public interest evaluation for each area of land mentioned in subsection (1)(b); and
(b)give the administering authority a report about the evaluation that complies with section 316PB.

Note—

See section 167A(4) for when particular reports must be given to the administering authority under paragraph (b).
(3)In this section—
EIS includes an EIS under the State Development Act.
qualified entity means an entity, other than the applicant, that has the experience and qualifications, prescribed by regulation, necessary to carry out a public interest evaluation.

s 136A ins 2018 No. 30 s 109A

Part 3 Information stage

ch 5 pt 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 41; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 1 Preliminary

ch 5 pt 3 div 1 hdg prev ch 5 pt 3 div 1 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres ch 5 pt 3 div 1 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

ch 5 pt 3 div 1 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 3 div 1 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

137Purpose of information stage

The information stage for an application gives the administering authority the opportunity to ask the applicant for further information needed to assess the application.

s 137 prev s 137 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 137 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

138When information stage applies

Subject to section 139, the information stage applies to—
(a)variation applications; and
(b)site-specific applications.

s 138 prev s 138 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 138 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

139Information stage does not apply if EIS process complete

(1)This section applies if—
(a)either—
(i)the EIS process for an EIS for each relevant activity the subject of the application has been completed; or
(ii)in evaluating an EIS under the State Development Act, the Coordinator-General has stated conditions mentioned in section 34D(3)(b) of that Act that relate to each relevant activity the subject of the application; and
(b)since the EIS mentioned in paragraph (a)(i) or the evaluation mentioned in paragraph (a)(ii) was completed—
(i)for an environmental authority—the environmental risks of the activity and the way the activity will be carried out have not changed; or
(ii)for a proposed PRC plan—
(A)a post-mining land use or non-use management area has not changed; or
(B)achieving a stable condition for land has not changed; or
(C)the way a post-mining land use will be achieved, or a non-use management area will be managed, has not changed in a way likely to result in significantly different impacts on environmental values compared to the impacts on the values under the EIS; or
(D)the day by which rehabilitation of land to a stable condition will be achieved has not changed.
(2)The information stage does not apply to the application.

s 139 prev s 139 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 42

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 139 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 47 s 258; 2018 No. 30 s 110

Division 2 Information requests

ch 5 pt 3 div 2 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

ch 5 pt 3 div 2 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 3 div 2 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

140Information request to applicant

(1)The administering authority may ask the applicant, by written request (an information request), to give further information needed to assess the application.
(2)An information request must state that the application will lapse unless the applicant gives the administering authority a response under section 146.

s 140 prev s 140 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2003 No. 96 s 28 sch; 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 159 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 140 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

140A[Repealed]

s 140A (prev s 34EH) ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

renum 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2004 No. 48 s 32

141Content of information request

(1)The administering authority must state in an information request the period (the information response period) within which the applicant must give a response under section 146.
(2)The information response period must be—
(a)if an EIS is required for the application under section 143(2)—a period of at least 2 years after the final terms of reference are given to the proponent under section 46(1); or
(b)otherwise—a period of at least 6 months after the giving of the information request.

s 141 prev s 141 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 141 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 40 s 98

142[Repealed]

s 142 orig s 142 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

prev s 142 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

om 2014 No. 40 s 99

143EIS may be required

(1)This section applies for a site-specific application for a resource activity if—
(a)the application does not relate to a coordinated project; and
(b)an EIS relating to the activity has not been submitted under chapter 3, part 1.
(2)Without limiting section 140(1), the administering authority may include in an information request a requirement that the applicant provide an EIS for the application.
(3)In deciding whether an EIS is required for an application, the administering authority must consider the standard criteria.
(4)A requirement under subsection (2) ceases to have effect if a relevant activity or tenure for the application is, or is included in, a coordinated project.

s 143 orig s 143 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2002 No. 45 s 10

prev s 143 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 143 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

amd 2014 No. 40 s 100

144When information request must be made

An information request must be made—
(a)for a site-specific application, within the following periods (each the information request period)—
(i) if the application is accompanied by a proposed PRC plan—30 business days after the day the application stage ends for the application;
(ii)otherwise—20 business days after the day the application stage ends for the application; or
(b)for a variation application—within 10 business days after the day the application stage ends for the application (also the information request period).

s 144 orig s 144 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2002 No. 45 s 10

prev s 144 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 144 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 111

145Extending information request period

(1)The administering authority may, by written notice given to the applicant and without the applicant’s agreement, extend the information request period by not more than 10 business days.
(2)Only 1 notice may be given by the administering authority under subsection (1) for the application and the notice must be given before the information request period ends.
(3)The information request period may be further extended if the applicant, at any time, gives written agreement to the extension.

s 145 orig s 145 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 ss 11, 3 (2) sch

om 2003 No. 95 s 3 sch

prev s 145 ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

pres s 145 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 112

145A[Repealed]

s 145A ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145B[Repealed]

s 145B ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145C[Repealed]

s 145C ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145D[Repealed]

s 145D ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145E[Repealed]

s 145E ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145F[Repealed]

s 145F ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

amd 2005 No. 53 s 43

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145G[Repealed]

s 145G ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145H[Repealed]

s 145H ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145I[Repealed]

s 145I ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145J[Repealed]

s 145J ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145K[Repealed]

s 145K ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145L[Repealed]

s 145L ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145M[Repealed]

s 145M ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145N[Repealed]

s 145N ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145O[Repealed]

s 145O ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145P[Repealed]

s 145P ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

sub 2005 No. 53 s 44

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145Q[Repealed]

s 145Q ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145R[Repealed]

s 145R ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145S[Repealed]

s 145S ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145T[Repealed]

s 145T ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145U[Repealed]

s 145U ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

145V[Repealed]

s 145V ins 2004 No. 48 s 32

om 2009 No. 3 s 459

Division 3 Responding to information request

ch 5 pt 3 div 3 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

146Applicant responds to any information request

(1)If the applicant receives an information request from the administering authority, the applicant must respond by giving the authority—
(a)all of the information requested; or
(b)part of the information requested together with a written notice asking the authority to proceed with the assessment of the application; or
(c)a written notice—
(i)stating that the applicant does not intend to supply any of the information requested; and
(ii)asking the authority to proceed with the assessment of the application.
(2)Despite subsection (1), if the information request requires the applicant to provide an EIS for the application under section 143(2), the EIS process under chapter 3 must be completed and the EIS provided.

s 146 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2011 No. 47 s 294

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 40 s 101

147Lapsing of applications if no response to information request

(1)An application lapses if the applicant does not comply with section 146 within—
(a)the information response period stated in the information request; or
(b)the further period agreed between the applicant and the administering authority.
(2)If the applicant asks the administering authority to agree to extend the information response period, the request must be made at least 10 business days before the last day of the information response period.
(3)The administering authority must, within 5 business days after receiving the request—
(a)decide whether to agree to the extension; and
(b)give an information notice of the decision.

s 147 prev s 147 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

pres s 147 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 4 End of information stage

ch 5 pt 3 div 4 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

148When does information stage end

The information stage ends when—
(a)if an information request has been made—the applicant has finished responding to the request and the administering authority has received the response; or
(b)if an information request has not been made, the earlier of the following—
(i)when the administering authority decides not to make an information request;
(ii)the information request period has ended.

s 148 prev s 148 amd 1997 No. 80 s 26

om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

pres s 148 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 33; 2005 No. 53 s 45

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 35

Part 4 Notification stage

ch 5 pt 4 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 42; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 1 Preliminary

ch 5 pt 4 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

149When notification stage applies

Subject to section 150, the notification stage applies to an application if—
(a)any part of the application is for a mining activity relating to a mining lease; or
(b)the application is a site-specific application and any part of the application is for a geothermal activity, GHG storage activity or petroleum activity.

s 149 prev s 149 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

pres s 149 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

150Notification stage does not apply to particular applications

(1)This section applies if—
(a)for an EIS under this Act—the EIS for each relevant activity the subject of the application was notified under section 51 before the application was made; and
(b)for an EIS under the State Development Act—the EIS for each relevant activity the subject of the application was notified under section 33 of that Act before the application was made; and
(c)for an application for an environmental authority, since the EIS mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) was notified—
(i)the environmental risks of the relevant activity and the way it will be carried out have not changed; or
(ii)if the application proposes a change to the way the relevant activity will be carried out—the administering authority is satisfied the change would not be likely to attract a submission objecting to the thing the subject of the change, if the notification stage were to apply to the change; and
(d)for a proposed PRC plan, since the EIS mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) was notified—
(i)a post-mining land use or non-use management area has not changed; or
(ii)the day by which rehabilitation of land to a stable condition will be achieved has not changed.
(2)The notification stage does not apply to the application.
(3)However, a properly made submission about the EIS is taken to be a properly made submission about the application.
(4)In this section—
EIS means an EIS under this Act or the State Development Act.

s 150 prev s 150 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

pres s 150 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 7 (2) sch 2; 2004 No. 48 s 34; 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 47 s 260; 2014 No. 59 s 115; 2018 No. 30 s 113

151When notification stage can start

The applicant may start the notification stage as soon as the application stage ends for the application.

s 151 prev s 151 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

pres s 151 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 35

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2006 No. 59 s 36; 2007 No. 56 s 12; 2010 No. 53 s 51; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 2 Public notice

ch 5 pt 4 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

152Public notice of application

(1)The applicant must give and publish a notice about the application (the application notice).
(2)The application notice must be given and published—
(a)simultaneously or together with, and in the same way as, any public notice for an application under resource legislation for a relevant tenure for the application; or
(b)if public notice is not required to be given for an application under resource legislation for a relevant tenure for the application—
(i)in a newspaper circulating generally in the area where the relevant resource activity is proposed to be carried out; and
(ii)before the day that is 10 business days after the end of the information stage for the application; or
(c)in another way prescribed under a regulation.
(3)The administering authority may decide an additional or substituted way to give or publish the application notice if it gives the applicant an information notice about the decision before the application notice is given.
(4)This section is subject to section 159.

s 152 orig s 152 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

prev s 152 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 36

pres s 152 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

153Required content of application notice

(1)An application notice must be in the approved form and state the following—
(a)a description of each relevant resource activity;
(b)the land on which each activity is to be carried out;
(c)for a standard or variation application—where copies of the standard conditions for the relevant activity or authority may be obtained;
(d)where the application documents may be inspected or accessed;
(e)where copies of, or extracts from, the application may be obtained;
(f)that any entity may make a submission to the administering authority about the application;
(g)the period (the submission period) during which submissions may be given;
(h)how to make a properly made submission;
(i)another matter prescribed under a regulation.
(2)Also, subsection (3) applies if the process for an EIS, for a relevant activity the subject of the application, was notified before the application was made.

Note—

However, see section 150 if an EIS for all relevant activities the subject of the application was notified before the application was made.
(3)The application notice must state where, in the application documents mentioned in subsection (1)(d), information about the following changes between the EIS, since the EIS was notified, and the properly made application, are shown—
(a)for an environmental authority—
(i)the environmental risks of the activity that have changed as a result of the proposed changes to the way the relevant activity is to be carried out; and
(ii)the proposed changes to the way the relevant activity is to be carried out;
(b)for a proposed PRC plan—
(i)the proposed change to a post-mining land use or non-use management area; and
(ii)the proposed change to the day by which rehabilitation of land to a stable condition will be achieved.
(4)This section is subject to section 159.

s 153 prev s 153 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

pres s 153 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 116; 2018 No. 30 s 114

154Submission period for application—mining activities

The submission period for an application for a mining activity must end on—
(a)if there is only 1 relevant mining tenure application—the last objection day under the Mineral Resources Act for the application; or
(b)if there is more than 1 relevant mining tenure application—the later of the last objection days under the Mineral Resources Act for the applications.

Note—

For the last objection day under the Mineral Resources Act, see section 252 of that Act.

s 154 prev s 154 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

pres s 154 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch; 2004 No. 48 s 38; 2005 No. 53 s 46; 2007 No. 56 s 13; 2011 No. 3 s 5

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 47 s 262 (amd 2016 No. 30 s 76)

155Submission period for application—other resource activities

The submission period for an application for a resource activity other than a mining activity can not end before the later of the following—
(a)a day or time fixed by the administering authority before the notice is published;
(b)20 business days after the application notice is published under section 152.

s 155 prev s 155 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

pres s 155 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 39

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

156Publication of application notice and documents on website

(1)This section applies for a site-specific application.
(2)The applicant must keep copies of all the following documents for the application available on a website—
(a)the application notice;
(b)the application documents;
(c)the response to any information request.
(3)A document mentioned in subsection (2) must be kept available on the website from the day the document is given to the administering authority until the end of the access period for the application.
(4)In this section—
access period see section 157(2).

s 156 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

157Public access to application

(1)The administering authority must, for all of the access period—
(a)keep the application open for inspection by members of the public during office hours on business days at—
(i)the authority’s head office; or
(ii)the office of the authority located nearest to the land to which the application relates; or
(iii)other places the chief executive considers appropriate; and
(b)permit a person to take extracts from the application or, on payment of the appropriate fee to the authority, give the person a copy of the application, or a part of the application; and
(c)keep a copy of, or a link to, the application available on its website.
(2)In this section—
access period means the period that—
(a)starts the day after the application stage for the application ends; and
(b)ends on the earlier of the following—
(i)the day the application lapses or is withdrawn;
(ii)if the application is for a mining activity relating to a mining lease and the application is referred to the Land Court under section 185—the day a final decision about the application is made under section 194(2);
(iii)if the application is for a mining activity relating to a mining lease and the application is not referred to the Land Court—20 business days after the notice is given under section 181;
(iv)otherwise—the review date.

s 157 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

158Declaration of compliance

(1)The applicant must give the administering authority a declaration about whether or not the applicant has complied with the following requirements (the public notice requirements)—
(a)the notice requirements under sections 152 and 153;
(b)if the application is a site-specific application—the requirement to make a copy of the application notice and the application documents available on a website from the start of the submission period under section 156(3).
(2)The declaration must be given within 5 business days after the submission period ends.
(3)A copy of the application notice must be attached to the declaration.
(4)The applicant is taken to have complied with the public notice requirements if—
(a)a declaration is given within the period mentioned in subsection (2); and
(b)the declaration states the applicant has complied with the requirements.

s 158 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

159Substantial compliance may be accepted

(1)This section applies if the applicant—
(a)has not complied with the public notice requirements; or
(b)has given a declaration under section 158(1), but not within the period mentioned in section 158(2).
(2)The administering authority must, within 10 business days after receiving the declaration, decide whether to allow the application to proceed under this part as if the noncompliance had not happened.
(3)The authority may decide to allow the application to proceed only if it is satisfied there has been substantial compliance with the public notice requirements.
(4)If the decision is that the application may proceed, the authority must, within 10 business days after the decision is made, give the applicant written notice of the decision.
(5)If the authority decides not to allow the application to proceed—
(a)any steps purportedly taken to comply with the public notice requirements are of no effect; and
(b)the authority must, within 10 business days after the decision is made—
(i)fix a substituted way to give or publish the application notice and give the applicant written notice of the substituted way; and
(ii)fix a new submission period for the application and give the applicant written notice of the period; and
(iii)give the applicant an information notice about the decision.
(6)The stated substituted way to give or publish the application notice applies instead of the requirements for giving or publishing the notice under section 152.
(7)If the administering authority states a substituted way to give or publish the application notice, section 158 applies to the applicant as if—
(a)a reference to section 152 were a reference to the notice given under subsection (5)(b)(i); and
(b)a reference to the submission period were a reference to the submission period fixed under subsection (5)(b)(ii).
(8)Despite subsection (5)(a), if the administering authority decides not to allow the application to proceed, any properly made submissions for the application continue to have effect.

s 159 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 3 Submissions about applications

ch 5 pt 4 div 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

160Right to make submission

(1)An entity may, within the submission period, make a submission to the administering authority about the application.
(2)However, for an application to which section 153(3) applies, an entity may, within the submission period, make a submission to the administering authority only about the following matters relating to the application—
(a)for an environmental authority—
(i)the environmental risks of the activity that have changed as a result of the proposed changes to the way the relevant activity is to be carried out; or
(ii)the proposed changes to the way the relevant activity is to be carried out;
(b)for a proposed PRC plan—
(i)the post-mining land use or non-use management area that has changed; or
(ii)the change to the day by which rehabilitation of land to a stable condition will be achieved.

s 160 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 117; 2018 No. 30 s 115

161Acceptance of submission

(1)The administering authority must accept a submission if it—
(a)is written or made electronically; and
(b)states the name and address of each submitter; and
(c)is made to the administering authority; and
(d)is received on or before the last day of the submission period; and
(e)states the grounds of the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds.
(2)A submission that complies with subsection (1) is a properly made submission.
(3)The authority may accept a written submission even if it is not a properly made submission.
(4)Subsection (5) applies for an application if the process for an EIS, for a relevant activity the subject of the application, was notified before the application was made.

Note—

However, see section 150 if an EIS for all relevant activities the subject of the application was notified before the application was made.
(5)The authority need not accept any part of the submission that the authority reasonably considers is not relevant to the matters mentioned in section 160(2)(a) or (b).

s 161 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 40

amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 118

162Amendment of submission

(1)If the administering authority has accepted a submission, the entity that made the submission may, by written notice, amend or replace the submission.
(2)A notice under subsection (1) must be given to the administering authority before the submission period ends.

s 162 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 10

sub 2004 No. 48 s 40

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2005 No. 53 s 47; 2006 No. 59 s 37; 2010 No. 53 s 52; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

163Particular submissions apply for later applications

(1)This section applies if—
(a)an application is withdrawn; and
(b)within 1 year after the withdrawal, the applicant makes a later application; and
(c)each relevant activity for the later application is the same, or substantially the same, as the withdrawn application.
(2)Any properly made submission about the withdrawn application is taken to be a properly made submission about the later application.

s 163 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 7 (2) sch 2

sub 2004 No. 48 s 40

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2005 No. 53 s 48; 2006 No. 59 s 38; 2010 No. 53 s 53; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

163A[Repealed]

s 163A ins 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1

amd 2008 No. 52 s 17; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

163B[Repealed]

s 163B ins 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

Division 4 End of notification stage

ch 5 pt 4 div hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

164When does notification stage end

The notification stage for an application to which the notification stage applies ends—
(a)if the applicant gives a declaration under section 158(1) within the period mentioned in section 158(2)—when the administering authority receives the declaration; or
(b)if paragraph (a) does not apply and the administering authority decides under section 159(2) to allow the application to proceed—when notice of the decision is given under section 159(4).

s 164 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 11; 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 41; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Part 5 Decision stage

ch 5 pt 5 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 45; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 1 Preliminary

ch 5 pt 5 div 1 hdg prev ch 5 pt 5 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 46

pres ch 5 pt 5 div 1 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

165When does decision stage start—general

(1)The decision stage for an application starts when all other stages applying to the application have ended.
(2)This section only applies for an application if sections 166, 167 and 167A do not apply to the application.

s 165 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 12; 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

sub 2004 No. 48 s 41; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 36; 2018 No. 30 s 115A

166When does decision stage start—application relating to development applications

(1)This section applies if, under section 115, a development application is taken to also be an application for an environmental authority.
(2)The decision stage for the application for the environmental authority starts—
(a)if the administering authority or the planning chief executive is the assessment manager for the development application under the Planning Act—the day the decision-making period for the development application starts; or
(b)if the administering authority or the planning chief executive is a referral agency for the development application—the day the referral agency’s response period for the application starts.

s 166 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 41; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 40 s 88; 2016 No. 27 s 212

167When does decision stage start—site-specific application relating to coordinated project

(1)This section applies for a site-specific application that relates to a coordinated project for which an EIS or IAR is required under the State Development Act.
(2)The decision stage for the application starts on the later of the following days—
(a)the day the Coordinator-General, under the State Development Act, gives the proponent a copy of—
(i)if an EIS was prepared for the project—the Coordinator-General’s report for the EIS; or
(ii)if an IAR was prepared for the project—the Coordinator-General’s report for the IAR;
(b)the day after all other stages applying to the application have ended.

s 167 orig s 167 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

prev s 167 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 41

amd 2005 No. 53 s 49

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres s 167 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 ss 10 (4A), 50 sch)

amd 2014 No. 40 s 154 sch 1 pt 1

167A Particular site-specific applications—when decision stage starts and when report about public interest evaluation is required

(1)This section applies if—
(a)a site-specific application is accompanied by a proposed PRC plan that includes a proposed PRCP schedule for which a report about a public interest evaluation has been requested under section 136A; and
(b)the report has not been given to the administering authority on or before the day the decision stage would, other than for this section, have started for the application.
(2)The decision stage starts on the day the report is given to the administering authority.
(3)If an EIS has been submitted for the project the subject of the application, the administering authority may, by written notice, require the qualified entity for the report to give the administering authority the report within—
(a)a stated period of not more than 12 months; or
(b)if the administering authority decides to extend the period mentioned in paragraph (a) by not more than 6 months—the extended period.
(4)The report about the public interest evaluation must be given to the administering authority within—
(a)if subsection (3) applies—the period mentioned in subsection (3)(a) or (b); or
(b)otherwise—
(i)30 business days after the day the decision stage would, other than for this section, have started for the application; or
(ii)if the administering authority gives the applicant written notice extending the period mentioned in subparagraph (i) by not more than 10 business days—the period stated in the notice; or
(iii)if the applicant agrees to a longer period than the period mentioned in subparagraph (ii)—the agreed period.

s 167A ins 2018 No. 30 s 115B

167BDecision stage may be suspended in particular circumstances

(1)Subsections (2) to (4) apply in relation to a site-specific application accompanied by a proposed PRC plan that includes a proposed PRCP schedule if—
(a)a report about a public interest evaluation has been given to the administering authority for land the subject of the proposed PRCP schedule; and
(b)the report includes a statement or recommendation about a non-use management area that is inconsistent with the proposed PRCP schedule.
(2)The applicant may, by written notice, ask the administering authority to suspend the assessment process to enable the applicant to change the application so it is consistent with the report.
(3)If a notice is given by the applicant under subsection (2), the application process—
(a)stops on the day the applicant gives the administering authority the written notice; and
(b)restarts on the earlier of the following days—
(i)the day notified by the applicant to the administering authority;
(ii)the day that is 18 months after the day the decision stage started for the application.
(4)Part 2, division 6 does not apply to a change to the application made solely for the purpose mentioned in subsection (2).
(5)Subsection (6) applies if, under section 316PC, an entity asks the chief executive for a review of a report about a public interest evaluation.
(6)The assessment process stops on the day the applicant or entity makes the request to the chief executive, and restarts on the day the reviewing entity gives notice of its decision about the report under section 316PC(5)(b).

s 167B ins 2018 No. 30 s 115B

Division 2 Deciding application

ch 5 pt 5 div 2 hdg prev ch 5 pt 5 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 48

pres ch 5 pt 5 div 2 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Subdivision 1 Decision period

ch 5 pt 5 div 2 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

168When decision must be made—generally

(1)If section 169 does not apply, a decision under subdivision 2 must be made within—
(a)if the application is accompanied by a proposed PRC plan—30 business days after the day the decision stage for the application starts; or
(b)otherwise—20 business days after the day the decision stage for the application starts.
(2)The administering authority may, by written notice given to the applicant and without the applicant’s agreement, extend the period mentioned in subsection (1) by not more than the number of business days stated for making the decision under subsection (1).
(3)Only 1 notice may be given under subsection (2) for the application and it must be given before the period ends.
(4)However, the period may be further extended if the applicant, at any time before the decision is made, gives written agreement to the extension.
(5)If the applicant has also applied under section 318F to be registered as a suitable operator for the carrying out of the environmentally relevant activity—
(a)the chief executive must not decide the application for the environmental authority before deciding the application under section 318F; and
(b)for subsection (1), the decision stage for the application for the environmental authority is taken not to have started until the day the application under section 318F is decided.

s 168 prev s 168 om 2000 No. 5 s 461 sch 3

pres s 168 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 41; 2005 No. 53 s 50; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 33 s 108; 2018 No. 30 s 116

168A[Repealed]

s 168A ins 2005 No. 53 s 50

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

168B[Repealed]

s 168B ins 2005 No. 53 s 50

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

169When decision must be made—particular applications

(1)This section applies if, under section 115, a development application is taken to also be an application for an environmental authority.
(2)If the administering authority or the planning chief executive is the assessment manager for the development application under the Planning Act, the administering authority must make a decision under subdivision 2 within the decision-making period for the development application, including any extension of the period.
(3)If the administering authority or the planning chief executive is a referral agency for the development application, the administering authority must make a decision under subdivision 2 within the referral agency’s response period for the development application, including any extension of the period.

s 169 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 41; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 40 s 89; 2016 No. 27 s 213

169A[Repealed]

s 169A ins 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

Subdivision 2 Decision

ch 5 pt 5 div 2 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

170Deciding standard application

(1)This section applies for a standard application.
(2)The administering authority must decide—
(a)that the application be approved subject to the standard conditions for the relevant activity or authority; or
(b)if the application is for a mining activity relating to a mining lease and a properly made submission is made for the application—that the applicant be issued an environmental authority on conditions that are different to the standard conditions for the activity or authority.
(3)However, the administering authority may only make a decision under subsection (2)(b) if the properly made submission relates to the subject of the standard condition to be changed.

s 170 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 41

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

171Deciding variation application

(1)This section applies for a variation application.
(2)The administering authority must decide—
(a)that the application be approved subject to conditions that are different to the standard conditions for the activity or authority; or
(b)that the applicant be issued an environmental authority subject to the standard conditions for the activity or authority.

s 171 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 41

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2008 No. 52 s 18

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

171A[Repealed]

s 171A ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

171B[Repealed]

s 171B ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

171C[Repealed]

s 171C ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

amd 2005 No. 53 s 51

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

171D[Repealed]

s 171D ins 2004 No. 48 s 41

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2005 No. 53 s 52

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

171DA[Repealed]

s 171DA ins 2005 No. 53 s 53

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

172Deciding site-specific application and approving PRCP schedule

(1)This section applies for a site-specific application.
(2)The administering authority must decide that the application—
(a)be approved subject to conditions; or
(b)be refused.
(3)If the site-specific application is accompanied by a proposed PRC plan, before making a decision under subsection (2), the administering authority must decide—
(a)to approve the proposed PRCP schedule for the plan, with or without conditions; or
(b)to refuse the proposed PRCP schedule.
(4)If the administering authority refuses the proposed PRCP schedule, the administering authority must also refuse the application under subsection (2).

s 172 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 43

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 117

173When particular applications must be refused

(1)The administering authority must refuse an application if the applicant is not a registered suitable operator.
(2)Subsection (3) applies to a development application if, under section 115, the application is taken to also be an application for an environmental authority and either of the following applies—
(a)the administering authority or planning chief executive is a referral agency for the development application and directs the assessment manager for the application to—
(i)refuse the application; or
(ii)give any development approval only as a preliminary approval;
(b)the administering authority or planning chief executive is the assessment manager for the development application and decides to—
(i)refuse the application; or
(ii)give a preliminary approval even though the development application sought a development permit.
(3)The administering authority must refuse the application for an environmental authority.
(4)This section applies despite sections 170, 171 and 172.
(5)In this section—
preliminary approval means a preliminary approval under the Planning Act.

s 173 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2008 No. 52 s 19

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 33 s 109; 2014 No. 40 s 102; 2016 No. 27 s 214

174[Repealed]

s 174 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

om 2014 No. 40 s 99

175Criteria for decision—standard application

(1)This section applies for a standard application for a mining activity relating to a mining lease if a properly made submission is made for the application.
(2)In deciding the application, the administering authority must—
(a)comply with any relevant regulatory requirement; and
(b)subject to paragraph (a), have regard to each of the following—
(i)the application;
(ii)the standard conditions for the relevant activity or authority;
(iii)the standard criteria.

s 175 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

176Criteria for decision—variation or site-specific application

(1)This section applies for a variation or site-specific application.
(2)In deciding the application, the administering authority must—
(a)comply with any relevant regulatory requirement; and
(b)subject to paragraph (a), have regard to each of the following—
(i)the application;
(ii)any standard conditions for the relevant activity or authority;
(iii)any response given for an information request;
(iv)the standard criteria.
(3)Despite subsection (2)(b), if the application is a variation application, the matters mentioned in subsection (2)(b) may only be considered to the extent they relate to the subject of the condition to be changed.

s 176 prev s 176 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 44

pres s 176 ins 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1

amd 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

176ACriteria for decision—proposed PRCP schedule

(1)This section applies if a site-specific application is accompanied by a proposed PRC plan.
(2)In deciding whether to approve the proposed PRCP schedule for the plan, the administering authority must—
(a)comply with any relevant regulatory requirement; and
(b)subject to paragraph (a), have regard to each of the following—
(i)the site-specific application;
(ii)the proposed PRC plan;
(iii)any response given for an information request for the proposed PRC plan;
(iv)the standard criteria;
(v)the guidelines under section 550.
(3)The administering authority must not approve the proposed PRCP schedule unless—
(a)each proposed non-use management area under the schedule has been properly identified as a non-use management area; and
(b)if a public interest evaluation is required for a proposed non-use management area under the schedule—the report for the evaluation recommends it is in the public interest to approve the area as a non-use management area; and
(c)the administering authority is satisfied the schedule provides for all land the subject of the schedule to be—
(i)rehabilitated to a stable condition; or
(ii)managed as a non-use management area in a way that achieves best practice management of the area and minimises risks to the environment.

s 176A ins 2018 No. 30 s 118

177Automatic decision for standard application in particular circumstances

If the administering authority does not decide a standard application within the period required under subdivision 1 for the application—
(a)the administering authority is taken to have decided to approve the application on the standard conditions for the relevant activity or authority under section 170(2)(a); and
(b)the decision is taken to have been made on the last day of the period.

s 177 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

178Automatic decision for variation application in particular circumstances

If the administering authority does not decide a variation application within the period required under subdivision 1 for the application—
(a)the administering authority is taken to have decided to issue an environmental authority subject to the standard conditions for the activity or authority under section 171(2)(b); and
(b)the decision is taken to have been made on the last day of the period.

s 178 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 47

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

179Automatic decision for site-specific application in particular circumstances

If the administering authority does not decide a site-specific application within the period required under subdivision 1 for the application—
(a)the administering authority is taken to have refused the application under section 172(2)(b); and
(b)the decision is taken to have been made on the last day of the period.

s 179 prev s 179 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 48

pres s 179 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Division 3 Applications for mining activities relating to a mining lease

ch 5 pt 5 div 3 hdg prev ch 5 pt 5 div 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 49

pres ch 5 pt 5 div 3 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Subdivision 1 Preliminary

ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 1 hdg pres ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 50

pres ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

180Application of div 3

This division applies for an application for a mining activity relating to a mining lease.

s 180 prev s 180 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 48

pres s 180 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Subdivision 2 Notice of decision

ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 2 hdg prev ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 51

pres ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

181Notice of decision

(1)Within 5 business days after making a decision under division 2, subdivision 2, the administering authority must give the applicant and any submitters written notice of the decision.
(2)The notice must—
(a)state the decision and the reasons for the decision; and
(b)if the decision is to approve the application or is a decision under section 170(2)(b)—
(i)for an application for an environmental authority—be accompanied by a draft environmental authority in the approved form; and
(ii)for a proposed PRC plan accompanying the application for the environmental authority—be accompanied by the draft PRCP schedule for the plan; and
(iii)state that a submitter may, by written notice given to the administering authority, ask that its submission be taken to be an objection to the application or proposed PRC plan; and
(c)state the applicant may, by written notice given to the administering authority, ask the administering authority to refer the application, including an accompanying proposed PRC plan, to the Land Court.

s 181 prev s 181 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch

om 2004 No. 48 s 48

pres s 181 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 119

182Submitter may give objection notice

(1)This section applies if the administering authority decides to approve the application or makes a decision under section 170(2)(b).
(2)A submitter may, by written notice (the objection notice) to the administering authority, request that its submission be taken to be an objection to the application.
(3)The objection notice must—
(a)be given to the administering authority within 20 business days after the notice under section 181(1) is given; and
(b)state the grounds for the objection.
(4)The objection notice ceases to have effect if the objection notice is withdrawn by giving written notice to—
(a)the administering authority; and
(b)the Land Court.

s 182 prev s 182 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 48

pres s 182 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

183Applicant may request referral to Land Court

(1)The applicant may, by written notice to the administering authority, request that the administering authority refer the application to the Land Court.
(2)The request must be given to the administering authority within 20 business days after the notice under section 181(1) is given.
(3)This section does not apply for a decision made by the administering authority to refuse an application under section 173(1).

s 183 prev s 183 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 48

pres s 183 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

Subdivision 3 Referrals to Land Court

ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 3 hdg pres ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 52

pres ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 3 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

184Application of sdiv 3

This subdivision applies to an application for a mining activity relating to a mining lease if—
(a)an objection notice for a submission about the application is given to the administering authority under section 182(2); or
(b)the applicant has requested under section 183(1) that the application be referred to the Land Court.

s 184 prev s 184 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 48

pres s 184 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

185Referral to Land Court

(1)The administering authority must refer the application to the Land Court for a decision under this subdivision (the objections decision), unless the application is referred to the Land Court under the Mineral Resources Act, section 265.
(2)The referral must be made within 10 business days after (but not before) the last day on which an objection notice for the application may be given to the administering authority under subdivision 2.
(3)The referral must be made by filing with the registrar of the Land Court—
(a)a notice, in the approved form, referring the application to the Land Court; and
(b)a copy of the application; and
(c)a copy of any response to an information request; and
(d)a copy of any submission for the application; and
(e)a copy of the notice given under section 181(1), including any draft environmental authority for the application; and
(f)a copy of any objection notice given under section 182(2); and
(g)a copy of any request for referral made by the applicant under section 183.
(4)The referral starts a proceeding before the Land Court for it to make the objections decision.

s 185 prev s 185 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2005 No. 53 s 54

pres s 185 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 33 s 110; 2014 No. 47 s 274

186Parties to Land Court proceedings

The parties to the Land Court proceeding are as follows—
(a)the administering authority;
(b)the applicant;
(c)any objector for the application;
(d)anyone else decided by the Land Court.

s 186 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

187Notice of referral

The administering authority must, within 10 business days after making the referral—
(a)give the applicant a copy of—
(i)the notice mentioned in section 185(3)(a); and
(ii)if an objection notice was given—the objection notice and the submission to which the objection notice relates; and
(b)give any objector a copy of the notice mentioned in section 185(3)(a).

s 187 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 53

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

188Objections decision hearing

(1)The Land Court may, of its own initiative, make orders or directions it considers appropriate for a hearing for the objections decision (the objections decision hearing).
(2)However, the Land Court must make an order or direction that the objections decision hearing happen at the same time as a hearing for an application for the grant of a mining lease and any objections to the grant under the Mineral Resources Act, section 268 for the relevant mining tenure.

s 188 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 54

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 47 s 275

188AStriking out objection notices

(1)This section applies to the extent an objection notice is—
(a)outside the jurisdiction of the Land Court; or
(b)frivolous or vexatious; or
(c)otherwise an abuse of the process of the Land Court.
(2)Despite section 185(1), the Land Court may, at any stage of the hearing, strike out all or part of the objection notice.

s 188A ins 2014 No. 47 s 276

189Land Court mediation of objections

(1)At any time before the objections decision is made, any party to the proceeding may ask the Land Court to conduct or provide mediation for the objector’s submission.
(2)The mediation must be conducted by the Land Court or a mediator chosen by the Land Court.

s 189 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 53 s 2 sch; 2004 No. 48 s 55; 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

190Requirements for objections decision

(1)An objections decision for an application for an environmental authority must be a recommendation to the administering authority that—
(a)if a draft environmental authority was given for the application—
(i)the application be approved on the basis of the draft environmental authority for the application; or
(ii)the application be approved, but on stated conditions that are different from the conditions in the draft environmental authority; or
(iii)the application be refused; or
(b)if a draft environmental authority was not given for the application—
(i)the application be approved subject to conditions; or
(ii)the application be refused.
(2)An objections decision for a proposed PRC plan accompanying the application for the environmental authority must be a recommendation to the administering authority that the draft PRCP schedule for the plan—
(a)be approved, with or without stated conditions; or
(b)be refused.
(3)However, if a relevant mining lease is, or is included in, a coordinated project, any stated conditions under subsection (1)(a)(ii) or (b)(i) or (2)(a)—
(a)must include the Coordinator-General’s conditions; and
(b)can not be inconsistent with the Coordinator-General’s conditions.

s 190 prev s 190 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 56

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres s 190 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

sub 2018 No. 30 s 120

191Matters to be considered for objections decision

In making the objections decision for the application, the Land Court must consider the following—
(a)the application;
(b)any response given for an information request;
(c)any standard conditions for the relevant activity or authority;
(d)any draft environmental authority or draft PRCP schedule for the application;
(e)any objection notice for the application;
(f)any relevant regulatory requirement;
(g)the standard criteria;
(h)the status of any application under the Mineral Resources Act for each relevant mining tenure.

s 191 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 57

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 121

192Notice of objections decision

The Land Court must, as soon as practicable after the objections decision is made, give a copy of the decision to—
(a)the MRA Minister; and
(b)if a relevant mining lease is, or is included in, a coordinated project—the State Development Minister.

s 192 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 58; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

193Advice from MRA and State Development Ministers about objections decision

(1)This section applies if the MRA Minister or State Development Minister is given a copy of the objections decision under section 192.
(2)The MRA Minister or State Development Minister must advise the administering authority about any matter the MRA Minister or State Development Minister considers may help the administering authority to make a decision under subdivision 4 about the application.
(3)The advice must be given within the period ending at the later of the following—
(a)10 business days after the copy of the decision is received;
(b)if the relevant Minister and the administering authority have, within the 10 business days, agreed to a longer period—the longer period.
(4)In giving the advice, the MRA Minister or State Development Minister may seek advice from any entity.
(5)A contravention of this section does not invalidate—
(a)a decision made about an application under subdivision 4; or
(b)an environmental authority issued under division 4 for the application.

s 193 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Subdivision 4 Final decision on application

ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 4 hdg prev ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 4 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 59

pres ch 5 pt 5 div 3 sdiv 4 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

194When administering authority must make final decision on application

(1)The administering authority must make a final decision under section 194A for an application if—
(a)the administering authority referred the application to the Land Court under section 185 and an objections decision is made about the application; or
(b)the administering authority referred the application to the Land Court under section 185 because of an objection notice but, before an objections decision is made about the application, all objection notices for the application are struck out or withdrawn.
(2)The final decision must be made—
(a)if the MRA Minister or State Development Minister is given a copy of the objections decision under section 192—
(i)if the application is accompanied by a proposed PRC plan—within 20 business days after the end of the longer period within which either Minister must give advice relating to the application under section 193; or
(ii)otherwise—within 10 business days after the end of the longer period within which either Minister must give advice relating to the application under section 193; or
(b)if paragraph (a) does not apply—
(i)if the application is accompanied by a proposed PRC plan—within 20 business days after receipt by the administering authority of notice under section 182(4) that the last remaining objection notice for the application is withdrawn; or
(ii)otherwise—within 10 business days after receipt by the administering authority of notice under section 182(4) that the last remaining objection notice for the application is withdrawn.

s 194 prev s 194 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 53 s 2 sch

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres s 194 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

amd 2014 No. 47 s 277

sub 2018 No. 30 s 122

194A Final decision on application

(1)The administering authority’s final decision on an application for an environmental authority must be—
(a)if a draft environmental authority was given for the application—
(i)the application be approved on the basis of the draft environmental authority for the application; or
(ii)the application be approved, but on stated conditions that are different from the conditions in the draft environmental authority; or
(iii)the application be refused; or
(b)if a draft environmental authority was not given for the application—
(i)the application be approved subject to conditions; or
(ii)the application be refused.
(2)The administering authority’s final decision on a proposed PRC plan accompanying the application for the environmental authority must be—
(a)the draft PRCP schedule for the plan be approved, with or without conditions; or
(b)the draft PRCP schedule be refused.
(3)If the administering authority refuses to approve a draft PRCP schedule for a proposed PRC plan accompanying an application for an environmental authority, the administering authority must also refuse the application for the environmental authority.

s 194A ins 2018 No. 30 s 122

194B Matters to be considered in making final decision

(1)In making a final decision on an application under section 194A, the administering authority must—
(a)have regard to—
(i)any objections decision for the application; and
(ii)advice given by the MRA Minister or State Development Minister to the administering authority under section 193; and
(iii)if a draft environmental authority was given for the application, or conditions were stated for the draft PRCP schedule for the proposed PRC plan accompanying the application—the draft environmental authority or conditions; and
(b)if a draft environmental authority was not given for the application, or conditions were not stated for the draft PRCP schedule—
(i)comply with relevant regulatory requirements; and
(ii)subject to subparagraph (i), have regard to each matter mentioned in subsection (2).
(2)For subsection (1)(b)(ii), the matters are—
(a)the application; and
(b)if the application is for an environmental authority—the standard conditions for the relevant activity or authority; and
(c)a response given to an information request for the application; and
(d)the standard criteria.

s 194B ins 2018 No. 30 s 122

Division 4 Steps after deciding application

ch 5 pt 5 div 4 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

195Issuing environmental authority or PRCP schedule

(1)This section applies if the administering authority—
(a)decides to approve an application for an environmental authority; or
(b)decides to approve a draft PRCP schedule for a proposed PRC plan; or
(c)makes a decision under section 170(2)(b) or 171(2)(b).
(2)The administering authority must, within the period stated in section 196—
(a)for a decision mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (c)—issue an environmental authority to the applicant; or
(b)for a decision mentioned in subsection (1)(b)—issue a PRCP schedule to the applicant.

s 195 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2016 No. 27 s 215

sub 2018 No. 30 s 123

196Requirements for issuing environmental authority or PRCP schedule

For section 195(2), the period within which an environmental authority or PRCP schedule must be issued is—
(a)if the application is referred to the Land Court under section 185—within 5 business days after a final decision for the application and schedule is made under section 194; or
(b)if notice of the decision is given under section 181 and the application is not referred to the Land Court under section 185—within 25 business days after the notice is given under section 181; or
(c)for an application for a development approval that, under section 115, is taken to be an application for an environmental authority—
(i)if the administering authority is the assessment manager for the development application—when the decision notice is given under the Planning Act for the development application; or
(ii)if the administering authority is a referral agency for the development application—when the administering authority gives its referral agency’s response under the Planning Act to the applicant for the development application; or
(iii)if the planning chief executive is a referral agency for the development application—within 5 business days after the planning chief executive gives its referral agency’s response under the Planning Act to the applicant for the development application; or
(iv)if the planning chief executive is the assessment manager for the development application—within 5 business days after the planning chief executive gives the applicant a decision notice under the Planning Act for the development application;
(d)otherwise—within 5 business days after the decision mentioned in section 194(2) is made.

s 196 prev s 196 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 61

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

om 2014 No. 40 s 90

pres s 196 ins 2018 No. 30 s 123

197Including environmental authorities and PRC plans in register

After an environmental authority or PRCP schedule is issued, the administering authority must include a copy of the environmental authority or PRC plan for the PRCP schedule in the relevant register.

s 197 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 62

amd 2007 No. 39 s 41 sch; 2011 No. 6 s 65

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8; 2018 No. 30 s 123

198Information notice about particular decisions

(1)Subsection (2) applies if the administering authority—
(a)decides to refuse an application; or
(b)decides to impose a condition on an environmental authority and the applicant has not agreed in writing to the condition or a condition to the same effect.
(2)The authority must give the applicant an information notice about the decision.
(3)The information notice must be given—
(a)for a decision mentioned in subsection (1)(a)—within 10 business days after the decision is made; or
(b)for a decision mentioned in subsection (1)(b)—when the environmental authority is issued to the applicant.
(4)If the administering authority decides to approve an application, it must, within 10 business days after the decision is made, give any submitter for the application an information notice about the decision.
(5)This section does not apply for a decision about an application for a mining activity relating to a mining lease.

s 198 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 64

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 5 Environmental authorities

ch 5 pt 5 div 5 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

199Requirements for environmental authority

An environmental authority must—
(a)be in the approved form; and
(b)contain all conditions imposed on the authority; and
(c)identify any conditions that are standard conditions.

s 199 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 65

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

200When environmental authority takes effect

(1)An environmental authority has effect—
(a)if the authority is for a prescribed ERA and it states that it takes effect on the day nominated by the holder of the authority in a written notice given to the administering authority—on the nominated day; or
(b)if the authority states a day or an event for it to take effect—on the stated day or when the stated event happens; or
(c)otherwise—on the day the authority is issued.

Note—

See section 297 for conditions about when the holder of an environmental authority for a resource activity must not carry out, or allow the carrying out, of the activity under the authority.
(2)However, the day an environmental authority takes effect may not be before—
(a)if the authority is for a resource activity—the day the relevant tenure is granted to the applicant; or
(b)if a development permit for a material change of use of premises is necessary under the Planning Act for carrying out an activity that relates to the authority—the day the development permit takes effect; or
(c)if an SDA approval under the State Development Act is necessary under that Act for carrying out an activity that relates to the authority—the day the approval takes effect.

s 200 prev s 200 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2004 No. 48 s 67

pres s 200 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 40 s 154 sch 1 pt 1; 2018 No. 30 s 124

201Term of environmental authority

(1)An environmental authority continues in force until the earlier of the following to happen—
(a)if the environmental authority states it will lapse after a stated period—the end of the stated period;
(b)the authority is cancelled, surrendered or suspended under this chapter.
(2)To remove any doubt, it is declared that an environmental authority continues in force in relation to an ERA carried out on land identified by reference to a resource tenure even if the resource tenure expires or is cancelled.

s 201 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 68

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2016 No. 32 s 20A

202Environmental authority includes conditions

An environmental authority includes the conditions of the authority.

Note—

The Environmental Offsets Act 2014, part 6, states further conditions that apply to an environmental authority and those further conditions are called deemed conditions. A breach of a deemed condition may be dealt with under this Act.

s 202 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 69

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 33 s 111

Division 5A PRCP schedules

ch 5 pt 5 div 5A hdg ins 2018 No. 30 s 125

202A Requirements for PRCP schedule

A PRCP schedule must—
(a)be in the approved form; and
(b)contain all conditions imposed on the schedule.

s 202A ins 2018 No. 30 s 125

202B When PRCP schedule takes effect

A PRCP schedule has effect on the day the environmental authority for carrying out relevant activities on land to which the schedule relates takes effect.

s 202B ins 2018 No. 30 s 125

202C Term of PRCP schedule

(1)A PRCP schedule continues in force until the environmental authority for the relevant activities to which the PRCP schedule relates is cancelled or surrendered.
(2)To remove any doubt, it is declared that a PRCP schedule continues in force—
(a)in relation to a relevant activity carried out on land identified by reference to a resource tenure, even if the resource tenure expires or is cancelled; and
(b)even if the environmental authority for carrying out a relevant activity on land to which the PRCP schedule relates is suspended under part 11 or 11A.

s 202C ins 2018 No. 30 s 125

202D PRCP schedule includes conditions

A PRCP schedule includes the conditions imposed on the schedule.

s 202D ins 2018 No. 30 s 125

202E Environmental authority overrides PRCP schedule

If there is an inconsistency between an environmental authority and a PRCP schedule, the environmental authority prevails to the extent of the inconsistency.

s 202E ins 2018 No. 30 s 125

Division 6 Conditions

ch 5 pt 5 div 6 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

203Conditions generally

(1)The administering authority may only impose a condition on an environmental authority, draft environmental authority, PRCP schedule or draft PRCP schedule if—
(a)it considers the condition is necessary or desirable; and
(b)if the authority is for an application to which section 115 applies—the condition relates to the carrying out of the relevant prescribed ERA.
(2)Despite subsection (1), if a regulatory requirement requires the administering authority to impose a condition, the administering authority must impose the condition.
(3)Subsection (1) only applies for a proposed condition for an environmental authority given for a standard application if—
(a)the application relates to a mining lease; and
(b)a properly made submission was made for the application; and
(c)the condition is not a standard condition for the relevant activity or authority.

s 203 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 13, ss 7, 29 sch 2; 2004 No. 53 s 2 sch; 2004 No. 48 s 70; 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2005 No. 53 s 55; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 126

204Conditions that must be imposed for standard or variation applications

(1)Subsection (2) applies for an environmental authority or draft environmental authority given for a standard or variation application.
(2)The administering authority must impose on the authority a condition requiring the holder of the authority to take all reasonable steps to ensure the relevant activity complies with the eligibility criteria for the activity.
(3)A condition imposed under subsection (2) is taken to be a standard condition imposed on the authority.

s 204 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6; 2004 No. 48 s 71

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

205Conditions that must be imposed if application relates to coordinated project

(1)This section applies for an application if—
(a)the administering authority decides to approve the application, or a PRCP schedule for a proposed PRC plan accompanying the application, subject to conditions; and
(b)the application relates to a coordinated project.
(2)The administering authority must impose on the environmental authority, draft environmental authority, PRCP schedule or draft PRCP schedule any conditions for the authority or schedule stated in the Coordinator-General’s report for the EIS or IAR for the project as conditions for the relevant activity (Coordinator-General’s conditions).

Note—

In evaluating an EIS under the State Development Act, the Coordinator-General may state conditions mentioned in section 34D(3)(b) of that Act.
(3)However, if a report for a public interest evaluation for an area of land identified as a non-use management area in the PRCP schedule or draft PRCP schedule includes a recommendation that is inconsistent with the Coordinator-General’s conditions, the conditions imposed by the administering authority must be consistent with the report.
(4)Any other condition imposed on the authority or PRCP schedule can not be inconsistent with a Coordinator-General’s condition.

s 205 prev s 205 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 14; 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch; 2004 No. 48 s 72; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres s 205 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

amd 2014 No. 40 s 154 sch 1 pt 1; 2014 No. 59 s 119; 2018 No. 30 s 127

206Environmental authority for particular resource activities includes condition prohibiting use of restricted stimulation fluids

(1)This section applies for an environmental authority issued for a resource activity other than a mining activity.
(2)The environmental authority is taken to include a condition prohibiting the use of restricted stimulation fluids.

Example for subsection (2)—

the use of hydrocarbon chemicals to stimulate the fracturing of coal seams
(3)The condition mentioned in subsection (2) is taken to be a standard condition imposed on the environmental authority.
(4)In this section—
restricted stimulation fluids means fluids used for the purpose of stimulation, including fracturing, that contain the following chemicals in more than the maximum amount prescribed under a regulation—
(a)petroleum hydrocarbons containing benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene or xylene;
(b)chemicals that produce, or are likely to produce, benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene or xylene as the chemical breaks down in the environment.

s 206 prev s 206 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 15; 2004 No. 48 s 73; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres s 206 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 10 (5))

206A Conditions for PRCP schedules

(1)It is a condition of a PRCP schedule that, in carrying out a relevant activity under the schedule, the holder must comply with a requirement stated in the environmental authority relevant to carrying out the activity.
(2)Also, it is a condition of a PRCP schedule that the holder must comply with the following matters stated in the schedule—
(a)each rehabilitation milestone and management milestone;
(b)when each rehabilitation milestone and management milestone is to be achieved.
(3)Without limiting the conditions that may be imposed on a PRCP schedule or proposed PRCP schedule, a condition may require the holder of the schedule to give the administering authority written notice (a statement of compliance) about a document or work relating to a relevant activity.
(4)The condition mentioned in subsection (1) applies for a requirement stated in the environmental authority even if the environmental authority is suspended.

s 206A ins 2018 No. 30 s 128

207Conditions that may be imposed on environmental authority

(1)A condition imposed on an environmental authority or draft environmental authority may—
(a)be a standard condition for the authority or the relevant activity; or
(b)require the holder of the authority to give the administering authority a written notice (a statement of compliance) about a document or work relating to a relevant activity; or
(c)require or otherwise relate to an environmental offset (an environmental offset condition); or
(d)relate to access to land on which the relevant activity for the authority is being carried out; or
(e)relate to rehabilitating or remediating environmental harm because of a relevant activity, other than a relevant activity to which a PRCP schedule applies; or
(f)relate to action taken to prevent environmental harm because of a relevant activity; or
(g)relate to the exercise of underground water rights.

Note—

For conditions about ERC decisions and financial assurance, see sections 297 and 308.
(2)Subsection (1) does not limit the conditions that may be imposed on an authority.
(3)A condition imposed on an authority may state that the condition continues to apply after the authority has ended or ceased to have effect.
(4)Also, a condition imposed on an authority may restrict, or impose requirements on, the carrying out of the relevant activity.

s 207 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 74; 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2008 No. 52 s 20

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 33 s 112; 2014 No. 59 s 37; 2016 No. 61 s 6; 2018 No. 30 s 129

208Condition requiring statement of compliance

(1)This section applies if a condition of an environmental authority, draft environmental authority, PRCP schedule or proposed PRCP schedule requires the holder to give the administering authority a statement of compliance about a document or work relating to a relevant activity.
(2)The condition must also state—
(a)the criteria (the compliance criteria) the document or work must comply with; and
(b)that the statement of compliance must state whether the document or work complies with the compliance criteria; and
(c)the information (the supporting information) that must be provided to the administering authority to demonstrate compliance with the compliance criteria; and
(d)when the statement of compliance and supporting information must be given to the administering authority.

s 208 prev s 208 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 75

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres s 208 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

amd 2018 No. 30 s 130

209Environmental offset conditions

(1)An environmental offset condition may require an environmental offset to be carried out on land on which a relevant activity for the environmental authority is carried out or on other land in the State.
(3)If the environmental authority holder has entered into an agreement about an environmental offset for this section, an environmental offset condition may require the holder to comply with the agreement.
(4)The environmental authority holder may enter into an agreement with the administering authority or another entity to establish the obligations, or secure the performance, of a party to the agreement about a condition.
(5)A reference in subsection (3) or (4) to the holder of an environmental authority entering into an agreement includes the holder entering into an agreement before the environmental authority is issued.
(6)An agreement entered into under subsection (3) or (4) is not an environmental offset agreement under the Environmental Offsets Act 2014.

s 209 prev s 209 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 16

om 2004 No. 48 s 76

pres s 209 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

amd 2014 No. 33 s 113

210Inconsistencies between particular conditions of environmental authorities

(1)This section applies if—
(a)an environmental authority contains conditions identified in the authority as standard conditions and other conditions (the non-standard conditions); and
(b)there is any inconsistency between the standard conditions and the non-standard conditions.
(2)The non-standard conditions prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

s 210 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 17; 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch; 2004 No. 48 s 77; 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2005 No. 53 s 56; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch; 2011 No. 3 s 6; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 47 s 285; 2018 No. 30 s 131

Part 6 Amendments by administering authority

ch 5 pt 6 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 60; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 132

ch 5 pt 6 div 4 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 6 div 5 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 6 div 6 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 78

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 6 div 7 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 6 div 7 sdiv 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2007 No. 39 s 41 sch

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 6 div 7 sdiv 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

ch 5 pt 6 div 8 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

Division 1 Amendments

ch 5 pt 6 div 1 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

211Corrections

The administering authority may amend an environmental authority or PRCP schedule to correct a clerical or formal error if—
(a)the amendment does not adversely affect the interests of the holder or anyone else; and
(b)the holder has been given written notice of the amendment.

s 211 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 133

212Amendment to reflect NNTT conditions

(1)This section applies for an environmental authority or PRCP schedule for a mining or petroleum activity.
(2)The administering authority may amend the environmental authority or impose conditions on the PRCP schedule to ensure compliance with conditions included in a determination made by the NNTT under the Commonwealth Native Title Act, section 38(1)(c).
(3)The administering authority must give written notice of the amendment or conditions to the holder of the environmental authority or PRCP schedule.

s 212 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 134

212AAmendment to reflect regional interests development approval conditions

(1)This section applies if an environmental authority or PRCP schedule for a resource activity or regulated activity is inconsistent with a regional interests development approval for the activity under the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014.
(2)The administering authority may amend the environmental authority or PRCP schedule to ensure it is consistent with the regional interests development approval.
(3)The administering authority must give written notice of the amendment to the holder of the environmental authority or PRCP schedule.
(4)A reference in this section to an environmental authority, PRCP schedule or a regional interests development approval includes a reference to a condition of the authority, schedule or approval.
(5)In this section—
regulated activity see the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014, section 17.

s 212A ins 2014 No. 11 s 111

amd 2018 No. 30 s 135

213Amendment of environmental authorities to reflect new standard conditions

(1)This section applies if—
(a)an environmental authority (the existing authority) is subject to conditions identified in the authority as standard conditions (the existing standard conditions) for the activity or authority; and
(b)after the existing authority is issued, the chief executive makes an ERA standard providing for standard conditions for the activity; and
(c)the ERA standard states that the standard conditions apply to existing authorities that are subject to standard conditions for the activity; and
(d)the new standard conditions are different to the existing standard conditions.
(2)The administering authority may amend the existing authority to replace the existing standard conditions with the new standard conditions.
(3)The administering authority must give written notice of the amendment to the environmental authority holder.
(4)The amendment of the environmental authority does not take effect until 1 year after the administering authority gives the holder notice under subsection (3).

s 213 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 79

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 38

214[Repealed]

s 214 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2008 No. 52 s 21

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

om 2014 No. 40 s 90

215Other amendments

(1)The administering authority may amend an environmental authority or PRCP schedule at any time if—
(a)it considers the amendment is necessary or desirable because of a matter mentioned in subsection (2) and the procedure under division 2 is followed; or
(b)the holder of the authority or schedule has agreed in writing to the amendment.
(2)For subsection (1)(a), the matters are the following—
(a)a contravention of this Act or an environmental offence committed by the holder;
(b)for an environmental authority issued for a standard application or variation application—the relevant activity does not comply with the eligibility criteria for the activity;
(c)for an environmental authority—
(i)another entity becomes a holder of the authority; or
(ii)another entity becomes a holding company of a holder of the authority;
(d)the authority was issued or schedule was approved because of a materially false or misleading representation or declaration, made either orally or in writing;
(e)for an environmental authority—the authority was issued on the basis of a miscalculation of—
(i)the environmental values affected or likely to be affected by the relevant activity; or
(ii)the quantity or quality of contaminant permitted to be released into the environment; or
(iii)the effects of the release of a quantity or quality of contaminant permitted to be released into the environment;
(f)the issue of a temporary emissions licence;
(g)the approval of an environmental protection policy or the approval of an amendment of an environmental protection policy;
(h)for a PRCP schedule—an audit report for the schedule given to the administering authority under part 12;
(i)an environmental audit, investigation or report under chapter 7, part 2;
(j)the amendment or withdrawal of an environmental protection order;
(k)a compliance statement given under this chapter;
(l)a report made by or for, or approved by, a recognised entity if the report—
(i)is relevant to the authority or schedule, or a relevant activity carried out under the authority or schedule; and
(ii)if the administering authority is not the chief executive—has been accepted by the chief executive;
(m)an annual return required under part 15, division 1;
(n)a significant change in the way in which, or the extent to which, the activity is being carried out;

Example of significant change for paragraph (n)—

The conditions of an environmental authority for a mining activity authorised under a mining lease were imposed on the basis that a particular method for removing contaminants from a waste stream for a relevant mining activity would be used. The mining lease is transferred and the transferee changes the method.
(o)for an environmental authority or PRCP schedule for a resource activity—a relevant tenure (the old tenure) for the authority or schedule is replaced with a new resource tenure of the same type for all or part of the old tenure’s area under the resource legislation;
(p)for an environmental authority—a surrender application under part 10 is approved for a partial surrender of the authority;
(q)for an environmental authority for a resource activity—an underground water impact report under the Water Act 2000, chapter 3, identifies impacts, or potential impacts, on an environmental value;
(r)another circumstance prescribed by regulation.
(3)An amendment because of a matter mentioned in subsection (2)(c) may only be to impose a condition under section 308 requiring the holder of the environmental authority to give the administering authority financial assurance.

s 215 prev s 215 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2008 No. 52 s 22

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres s 215 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2012 No. 43 s 243)

amd 2016 No. 14 s 3; 2016 No. 61 s 7; 2018 No. 30 s 136

Division 2 Procedure for particular amendments

ch 5 pt 6 div 2 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 63; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

216Application of div 2

This division applies if the administering authority proposes to amend an environmental authority or PRCP schedule, other than—
(a)to make an amendment under section 211, 212 or 213; or
(b)with the written agreement of the holder of the environmental authority or PRCP schedule.

s 216 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 18; 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch; 2004 No. 48 s 80

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 40 s 91; 2018 No. 30 s 137

217Notice of proposed amendment

(1)The administering authority must give the holder of the environmental authority or PRCP schedule a written notice (the proposed amendment notice) stating the following—
(a)the amendment (the proposed amendment) the administering authority proposes to make;
(b)the grounds for the proposed amendment;
(c)the facts and circumstances that are the basis for the grounds;
(d)that the holder may, within a stated period, make written representations to show why the proposed amendment should not be made.
(2)The stated period must end at least 20 business days after the holder is given the proposed amendment notice.
(3)The proposed amendment notice must be accompanied by a copy of the environmental authority or PRCP schedule showing the changes.

s 217 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 7 (2) sch 2

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 138

218Considering representations

The administering authority must consider any written representation made within the period stated in the proposed amendment notice by the holder of the environmental authority or PRCP schedule.

s 218 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2007 No. 39 s 41 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 139

219Decision on proposed amendment

(1)If, after complying with section 218, the administering authority still believes a ground exists to make the proposed amendment, it may make the amendment.
(2)The decision under subsection (1) is the amendment decision.
(3)If the administering authority at any time decides not to make the proposed amendment, it must promptly give the holder written notice of the decision.

s 219 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 53 s 2 sch; 2007 No. 39 s 41 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

220Notice of amendment decision

The administering authority must, within 10 business days after the amendment decision is made, give the holder of the environmental authority or PRCP schedule an information notice about the decision.

s 220 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2007 No. 39 s 41 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 140

Division 3 Steps for amendments

ch 5 pt 6 div 3 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 66; 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

221Steps for amendment

(1)Subsection (2) applies if the administering authority amends an environmental authority or PRCP schedule under this part.
(2)The administering authority must, within the relevant period—
(a)amend the environmental authority or PRCP schedule to give effect to the amendment; and
(b)issue the amended environmental authority or PRCP schedule to the holder; and
(c)include a copy of the amended environmental authority or PRCP schedule in the relevant register.
(3)In this section—
relevant period means—
(a)if the administering authority gives a notice under section 211, 212(3) or 213(3)—10 business days after the notice is given; or
(b)if the administering authority amends the environmental authority or PRCP schedule with the holder’s agreement—10 business days after the agreement is given; or
(c)if the administering authority gives notice of an amendment decision under section 220—10 business days after the notice is given.

s 221 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2007 No. 39 s 41 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 40 s 92; 2018 No. 30 s 141

Part 7 Amendment by application

ch 5 pt 7 hdg ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 142

Division 1 Preliminary

ch 5 pt 7 div 1 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

222Exclusions from amendment under pt 7

The requirements of this part do not apply for—
(a)a partial surrender of an environmental authority allowed under section 261; or
(b)an amendment under which the holder of 2 or more environmental authorities seeks an amalgamated environmental authority for all activities for the authorities; or
(c)a transfer by the holder of all or part of an environmental authority to an entity.

s 222 orig s 222 om 2000 No. 64 s 49

prev s 222 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 19; 2002 No. 45 s 3 (2) sch; 2004 No. 48 s 81; 2007 No. 39 s 41 sch; 2011 No. 6 s 66; 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres s 208 ins 2012 No. 16 s 8 (amd 2013 No. 6 s 50 sch)

223Definitions for part

In this part—
condition conversion, for an environmental authority, means an amendment replacing all of the conditions of the authority with the standard conditions for the environmentally relevant activity to which the authority relates.

s 223 def condition conversion ins 2014 No. 59 s 39 (1)

major amendment, for an environmental authority or PRCP schedule, means an amendment that is not a minor amendment.

s 223 def major amendment sub 2018 No. 30 s 143(2)–(3)

minor amendment, for an environmental authority or PRCP schedule, means an amendment that is—
(a)for an environmental authority—
(i)a condition conversion; or
(ii)a minor amendment (threshold); or
(b)for a PRCP schedule—a minor amendment (PRCP threshold).

s 223 def minor amendment ins 2014 No. 59 s 39 (1)

sub 2018 No. 30 s 143(2)–(3)

minor amendment (PRCP threshold), for a PRCP schedule, means an amendment that—
(a)does not change a post-mining land use or non-use management area; or
(b)does not affect whether a stable condition will be achieved for land under the schedule; or
(c)does not change the way a post-mining land use will be achieved, or a non-use management area will be managed, in a way likely to result in significantly different impacts on environmental values compared to the impacts on the values under the schedule before the change; or
(d)does not relate to a new mining tenure for the schedule; or
(e)does not change when a rehabilitation milestone or management milestone will be achieved by more than 5 years after the time stated in the schedule when it was first approved; or
(f)does not extend the day by which rehabilitation of land to a stable condition will be achieved.

s 223 def minor amendment (PRCP threshold) ins 2018 No. 30 s 143(3)

minor amendment (threshold), for an environmental authority, means an amendment that—
(a)is not a change to a condition identified in the authority as a standard condition, other than—
(i)a change that is a condition conversion; or
(ii)a change that is not a condition conversion but that replaces a standard condition of the authority with a standard condition for the environmentally relevant activity to which the authority relates; and
(b)does not significantly increase the level of environmental harm caused by the relevant activity; and
(c)does not change any rehabilitation objectives stated in the authority in a way likely to result in significantly different impacts on environmental values than the impacts previously permitted under the authority; and
(d)does not significantly increase the scale or intensity of the relevant activity; and
(e)does not relate to a new relevant resource tenure for the authority that is—
(i)a new mining lease; or
(ii)a new petroleum lease; or
(iii)a new geothermal lease under the Geothermal Energy Act; or
(iv)a new GHG injection and storage lease under the GHG storage Act; and
(f)involves an addition to the surface area for the relevant activity of no more than 10% of the existing area; and
(g)for an environmental authority for a petroleum activity—
(i)involves constructing a new pipeline that does not exceed 150km; or
(ii)involves extending an existing pipeline so that the extension does not exceed 10% of the existing length of the pipeline; and
(h)if the amendment relates to a new relevant resource tenure for the authority that is an exploration permit or GHG permit—seeks, in the amendment application under section 224, an amended environmental authority that is subject to the standard conditions for the relevant activity or authority, to the extent it relates to the permit.

s 223 def minor amendment (threshold) (prev def minor amendment) amd 2014 No. 59 s 39 (2)–(3); 2018 No. 30 s 143(4)–(5)

s 223 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 48 s 82; 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2007 No. 39 s 41 sch; 2007 No. 56 s 6 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 143(1)

Division 2 Making amendment application

ch 5 pt 7 div 2 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

224Who may apply

The holder of an environmental authority or PRCP schedule may, at any time, apply to the administering authority to amend the environmental authority or PRCP schedule (an amendment application).

Examples of when the holder may wish to make an amendment application—

an environmental authority or PRCP schedule has been issued for a resource project and the holder proposes to carry out additional resource activities as part of the project
to complement an application under the P&G Act, chapter 4, part 6 to amend a relevant pipeline licence

s 224 prev s 224 amd 1996 No. 10 s 22

exp 1 March 1997 (see ss 224, 225)

pres s 224 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2001 No. 46 s 20

amd 2011 No. 6 s 67

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 144

225Amendment application can not be made in particular circumstances

Despite section 224, an amendment application for an environmental authority for a prescribed ERA can not be made if—
(a)the proposed amendment involves changes to the relevant activity; and
(b)a development permit for a material change of use of premises is necessary under the Planning Act for the carrying out of the changed activity; and
(c)neither of the following applications has been made under the Planning Act—
(i)a development application for a development permit mentioned in paragraph (b);
(ii)a change application to change a development permit to authorise a material change of use of premises in relation to the changed activity.

s 225 prev s 225 exp 1 March 1997 (see ss 224, 225)

pres s 225 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2001 No. 46 s 21; 2004 No. 48 s 83; 2005 No. 42 s 52 sch 1; 2011 No. 6 s 68

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2016 No. 27 s 216

226Requirements for amendment applications generally

(1)An amendment application must—
(a)be made to the administering authority; and
(b)be in the approved form; and
(c)be accompanied by the fee prescribed by regulation; and
(d)describe the proposed amendment; and
(e)describe the land that will be affected by the proposed amendment; and
(f)include any other document relating to the application prescribed by regulation.
(2)However, subsection (1)(d) and (e) does not apply to an application for a condition conversion.

s 226 prev s 226 exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 228)

pres s 226 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 53 s 2 sch; 2005 No. 53 s 57

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 40

sub 2018 No. 30 s 145

226A Requirements for amendment applications for environmental authorities

(1)If the amendment application is for the amendment of an environmental authority, the application must also—
(a)describe any development permits in effect under the Planning Act for carrying out the relevant activity for the authority; and
(b)state whether each relevant activity will, if the amendment is made, comply with the eligibility criteria for the activity; and
(c)if the application states that each relevant activity will, if the amendment is made, comply with the eligibility criteria for the activity—include a declaration that the statement is correct; and
(d)state whether the application seeks to change a condition identified in the authority as a standard condition; and
(e)if the application relates to a new relevant resource tenure for the authority that is an exploration permit or GHG permit—state whether the applicant seeks an amended environmental authority that is subject to the standard conditions for the relevant activity or authority, to the extent it relates to the permit; and
(f)include an assessment of the likely impact of the proposed amendment on the environmental values, including—
(i)a description of the environmental values likely to be affected by the proposed amendment; and
(ii)details of emissions or releases likely to be generated by the proposed amendment; and
(iii)a description of the risk and likely magnitude of impacts on the environmental values; and
(iv)details of the management practices proposed to be implemented to prevent or minimise adverse impacts; and
(v)if a PRCP schedule does not apply for each relevant activity—details of how the land the subject of the application will be rehabilitated after each relevant activity ends; and
(g)include a description of the proposed measures for minimising and managing waste generated by amendments to the relevant activity; and
(h)include details of any site management plan or environmental protection order that relates to the land the subject of the application.
(2)Subsection (1)(f) does not apply for an amendment application for an environmental authority if—
(a)the process under chapter 3 for an EIS for the proposed amendment has been completed; and
(b)an assessment of the environmental risk of the proposed amendment would be the same as the assessment in the EIS.
(3)Also, subsection (1)(a), (d), (e), (f), (g) and (h) does not apply to an application for a condition conversion.

s 226A prev s 226A ins 2005 No. 53 s 58

om 2012 No. 16 s 7

pres s 226A ins 2018 No. 30 s 145

226B Requirements for amendment applications for PRCP schedules

An amendment application for a PRCP schedule must be accompanied by an amended rehabilitation planning part for the holder’s PRC plan that complies with section 126C in relation to the proposed amendment.

s 226B ins 2018 No. 30 s 145

227Requirements for amendment applications—CSG activities

(1)This section applies for an amendment application if—
(a)the application relates to an environmental authority for a CSG activity; and
(b)the proposed amendment would result in changes to the management of CSG water; and
(c)the CSG activity is an ineligible ERA.
(2)The application must also—
(a)state the matters mentioned in section 126(1); and
(b)comply with section 126(2).

s 227 prev s 227 exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 228)

pres s 227 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 53 s 2 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

227AA Requirements for amendment applications—underground water rights

(1)This section applies for an amendment application if—
(a)the application relates to a site-specific environmental authority for—
(i)a resource project that includes a resource tenure that is a mineral development licence, mining lease or petroleum lease; or
(ii)a resource activity for which the relevant tenure is a mineral development licence, mining lease or petroleum lease; and
(b)the proposed amendment involves changes to the exercise of underground water rights.
(2)The application must also state the matters mentioned in section 126A(2).
(3)In this section—
site-specific environmental authority means an environmental authority that includes 1 or more ineligible ERAs.

s 227AA ins 2016 No. 61 s 8

Division 2A Provision for particular amendment applications

ch 5 pt 7 div 2A hdg ins 2014 No. 59 s 41

227AEarly refusal of particular amendment applications and requirement to replace environmental authority

(1)This section applies to an amendment application if the proposed amendment would change a condition imposed under section 204 on the environmental authority to which the application relates.
(2)The administering authority may, within 10 business days after receiving the amendment application, refuse the application under this section.
(3)Also, if the administering authority refuses the application, the authority may require the holder of the environmental authority to make a site-specific application for a new environmental authority under part 2 to replace the environmental authority.
(4)However, section 316P(3) to (7) applies to the requirement as if a reference to the holder of the environmental authority were a reference to the applicant.
(5)The administering authority must give the applicant written notice of any refusal under subsection (2).
(6)Divisions 3 to 5 do not apply to the amendment application if the administering authority refuses the application under this section.

s 227A ins 2014 No. 59 s 41

amd 2018 No. 30 s 146

Division 3 Assessment level decisions

ch 5 pt 7 div 3 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

227BAmendment applications to which div 3 does not apply

This division does not apply to an amendment application for a condition conversion.

s 227B ins 2014 No. 59 s 42

228Assessment level decision for amendment application

(1)The administering authority must, within 10 business days after receiving the amendment application, decide whether the proposed amendment is a major or minor amendment.
(2)Despite section 223, definition minor amendment (PRCP threshold), paragraphs (e) and (f), the administering authority may decide under subsection (1) that a proposed amendment changing the order of at least 2 of the days when rehabilitation of land to a stable condition will be achieved is a minor amendment if the administering authority is satisfied the applicant has—
(a)undertaken adequate consultation with the community in relation to the proposed amendment; and
(b)adequately addressed any matters raised by the community during consultation.
(3)The decision under subsection (1) is the assessment level decision for the application.
(4) If the assessment level decision is that the amendment is a major amendment, the applicant must pay an assessment fee prescribed by regulation.

s 228 prev s 228 exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 228)

pres s 228 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 53 s 2 sch; 2008 No. 52 s 23

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 120; 2018 No. 30 s 147

229Notice of assessment level decision

(1)The administering authority must, within 10 business days after the assessment level decision is made, give the applicant a written notice stating—

(a)the assessment level decision; and
(b)if the decision is that the proposed amendment is a major amendment—the reasons for the decision.

(2)Also, if the assessment level decision is that the amendment is a major amendment, the written notice must also state that—
(a)the applicant must pay an assessment fee prescribed by regulation; and
(b)an assessment of the application under division 4 will not proceed until the assessment fee mentioned in paragraph (a) is paid.

s 229 prev s 229 exp 1 March 1995 (see ss 224, 230)

pres s 229 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 121

230Administering authority may require public notification for particular amendment applications

(1)This section applies if—
(a)an amendment application is for an environmental authority for a resource activity; and
(b)the assessment level decision is that the amendment is a major amendment.
(2)The notice given under section 229 may state that part 4 applies to the amendment application if the administering authority is satisfied that—
(a)there is likely to be a substantial increase in the risk of environmental harm under the amended environmental authority; and
(b)the risk is the result of a substantial change in—
(i)the quantity or quality of contaminant permitted to be released into the environment; or
(ii)the results of the release of a quantity or quality of contaminant permitted to be released into the environment.
(3)Without limiting subsection (2)(b), each of the following is taken to be a substantial change—
(a)an increase of 10% or more in the quantity of a contaminant to be released into the environment;
(b)if the amendment application is for an environmental authority for a resource project, an amendment to add an ineligible ERA for the authority.
(4)If a notice given under section 229 includes a statement under subsection (2), the notice must also state the reasons for the decision.

s 230 prev s 230 exp 1 March 1995 (see ss 224, 230)

pres s 230 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 47 s 279

Division 4 Process if proposed amendment is a major amendment

ch 5 pt 7 div 4 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

231Application of div 4

This division applies if the assessment level decision for an amendment application is that the proposed amendment is a major amendment.

s 231 prev s 231 exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 232)

pres s 231 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2007 No. 39 s 41 sch

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

232Relevant application process applies

(1)Section 136A and parts 3 to 5 apply in relation to the amendment application—
(a)if the amendment application is for a PRCP schedule—as if the amendment application and amended rehabilitation part for the holder’s PRC plan were a proposed PRC plan accompanying a site-specific application; or
(b)otherwise—as if it were a site-specific application.
(2)However—
(a)if the amendment is a change to a PRCP schedule, part 4 does not apply to the application to the extent the change—
(i)reduces the area of a non-use management area under the schedule; or
(ii)is likely to reduce, or cause no change to, the impacts on environmental values caused by the activities the subject of the schedule; or
(b)if the amendment application is for an environmental authority for a resource activity—part 4 applies only if, under section 230, the notice given under section 229 states part 4 applies.
(3)The provisions applied under this section apply—
(a)as if a reference in sections 144 and 151 to the end of the application stage were a reference to the day notice of the assessment level decision is given; and
(b)with any other necessary changes; and
(c)subject to subsection (4) and sections 234 and 235.
(3A)Also, if the assessment level decision is that the amendment is a major amendment, an assessment of the application under division 4 may not proceed until the prescribed assessment fee is paid.
(4)To remove any doubt, it is declared that a submission made under section 160, as applied under subsection (1)—
(a)may be made about an existing provision of the environmental authority or PRCP schedule only to the extent the provision is proposed to be amended under the amendment application; and
(b)can not be made about activities carried out under the environmental authority or PRCP schedule before the deciding of the amendment application.

s 232 prev s 232 exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 232)

pres s 232 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 59 s 122; 2014 No. 47 s 280 (amd 2016 No. 30 s 79); 2018 No. 30 s 148

233[Repealed]

s 233 prev s 233 exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 234)

pres s 233 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

om 2014 No. 47 s 281

233A[Repealed]

s 233A ins 1995 No. 52 s 8

exp 2 February 1996 (see s 233A(3))

234Submission period

(1)Despite sections 153(1)(g) and 154, the submission period for the application is the period fixed by the administering authority by written notice to the applicant.
(2)However, the period must be at least 20 business days and must end at least 20 business days after the publication of the application notice.

s 234 prev s 234 amd 1995 No. 52 s 9

exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 234)

pres s 234 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2004 No. 53 s 2 sch; 2004 No. 48 s 84

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2014 No. 47 s 282 (amd 2016 No. 30 s 80)

235Criteria for deciding amendment application

Despite section 176(2)(b) or 176A, the matters mentioned in section 176(2)(b) or 176A may only be considered to the extent they relate to the proposed amendment.

s 235 orig s 235 exp 1 March 1997 (see ss 224, 241)

prev s 235 ins 1997 No. 7 s 12

om 2000 No. 64 s 51

pres s 235 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

amd 2018 No. 30 s 149

236Changing amendment application

Before the amendment application is decided, the applicant may change the application by giving the administering authority—
(a)written notice of the change; and
(b)the fee prescribed under a regulation.

s 236 orig s 236 exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 236(6))

prev s 236 ins 1996 No. 10 s 23

exp 1 March 1997 (see ss 224, 241)

ins 1997 No. 7 s 12

om 2000 No. 64 s 51

pres s 236 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

236A[Repealed]

s 236A ins 1996 No. 10 s 23

exp 1 March 1997 (see ss 224, 241)

237Effect on assessment of amendment application—minor change

(1)The assessment of a changed amendment application under parts 3 to 5, as applied under section 232(1), does not stop if—
(a)the change is a minor change of the application; or
(b)the administering authority gives its written agreement to the change.
(2)For the changed application, the notification stage does not again apply, and is not required to restart, if—
(a)the notification stage applied to the original amendment application; and
(b)the change was made during the notification stage or after the notification stage ended.

s 237 orig s 237 exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 237(2))

prev s 237 ins 1996 No. 10 s 23

exp 1 March 1997 (see s 241)

pres s 237 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

238Effect on assessment of amendment application—other changes

(1)Subsections (2) to (5) apply to a changed amendment application if—
(a)the change is not a minor change; and
(b)the administering authority has not given its written agreement to the change.
(2)The assessment of the application under parts 3 to 5, as applied under section 232(1), stops on the day notice of the change is received.
(3)If the information stage applies to the changed application—
(a)the administering authority may, within 10 business days after notice of the change is received, ask the applicant to give further information needed to assess the application; and
(b)a request under paragraph (a) is taken to be an information request under section 140, as applied under section 232; and
(c)if no information request is made under paragraph (a)—the information stage for the changed application is taken to have ended; and
(d)if the notification stage also applies to the changed application—the applicant may start the notification stage the day notice of the change is given.
(4)If the information stage does not apply to the changed application, but the notification stage applies, the assessment of the application restarts from section 152.
(5)If neither the information stage nor the notification stage apply to the changed application, the assessment of the application restarts from the start of the decision stage.
(6)Subsection (7) applies to a changed application if—
(a)the assessment of the application has stopped under subsection (2); and
(b)the notification stage applied to the original application; and
(c)the change was made during the notification stage or after the notification stage ended.
(7)The notification stage must be repeated unless the administering authority is satisfied the change would not be likely to attract a submission objecting to the thing the subject of the change, if the notification stage were to apply to the change.

s 238 prev s 238 amd 1996 No. 10 s 25

exp 1 September 1997 (see s 241(2))

pres s 238 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

amd 2005 No. 53 s 59

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

Division 5 Process if proposed amendment is minor amendment

ch 5 pt 7 div 5 hdg ins 2012 No. 16 s 8

239Application of div 5

This division applies if the assessment level decision for an amendment application is that the proposed amendment is a minor amendment.

s 239 prev s 239 exp 1 March 1997 (see ss 224, 241)

pres s 239 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6

sub 2004 No. 48 s 85

sub 2012 No. 16 ss 7–8

240Deciding amendment application

(1)The administering authority must decide either to approve or refuse the application—
(a)if the application is for a condition conversion for an environmental authority—within 10 business days after the application is received; or
(b)otherwise—within 10 business days after notice of the assessment level decision is given to the applicant.
(2)The administering authority may approve the amendment application if it is satisfied the proposed amendment is necessary or desirable.
(3)If the administering authority decides to approve the application, it may also make any other amendments to the conditions of the environmental authority or PRCP schedule it considers—
(a)relate to the subject matter of the proposed amendment; and
(b)are necessary or desirable.

s 240 orig s 240 exp 1 March 1996 (see ss 224, 240(3))

prev s 240 ins 1996 No. 10 s 24

exp 1 March 1997 (see ss 224, 241)

pres s 240 ins 2000 No. 64 s 6