Have your say

Have your say - Open Policy Consultations

The ESA encourages its members to engage with policy development and consultation processes, to help promote the application of ecological principles and science in decision-making and natural resource management processes.

This page will list details of open policy consultations that may be of interest to ESA members. If you want to make a submission to any of the consultations but aren't sure how to go about this, please contact the VP (Public Policy and Outreach) Dr Bek Christensen. You can also view past submissions prepared by the ESA's Policy WG.

 

Current consultations

Proposal to conduct offshore windfarm exploration activities - submissions due 14 November 2017
The Australian Government is considering a request from Offshore Energy Pty Ltd (OEPL) for permission to conduct a feasibility study for an offshore wind farm. Members of the public and industry are invited to provide comments on this proposal and raise any matters of concern. Full details of the proposal, and how to make a submission, can be found here.

Threatened species listing - 12 species assessed by WA - submissions due 16 November 2017
The Department of Environment and Energy invites people to provide their views about the eligibility of 12 species assessed by Western Australia for inclusion on the EPBC Act threatened species list and the necessary conservation actions. For a full list of the species and details of how to make a submission, please click here.

Threatened species listing - 5 species assessed by NT - submissions due 16 November 2017
The Department of Environment and Energy invites people to provide their views about the eligibility of 5 species assessed by Western Australia for inclusion on the EPBC Act threatened species list and the necessary conservation actions. For a full list of the species and details of how to make a submission, please click here.

Threatened species listing - Notomys aquilo (northern hopping-mouse) - submissions due 22 November 2017
The Department of Environment and Energy invites people to provide their views about the eligibility of Notomys aquilo for uplisting on the EPBC Act threatened species list and the necessary conservation actions. Details on the proposed uplisting and how to make a submission are available here.

GBR Coastal Ecosystems Position Statement - submissions due 24 November 2017
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has released a position statement on coastal ecosystems, outlining strategies to encourage best practice and sustainable use of coastal ecosystems important to the function of the reef. The position statement is open for public consultation until 24 November, click here for details.

Framework for Investing in Environmental Activities - submissions due 30 November 2017
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder has released a Discussion Paper - Development of a Framework for Investing in Environmental Activities and is seeking feedback on what type of environmental activities the community would like to be considered when developing a framework for future investments. To read the Discussion Paper and find instructions for making a submission, click here.

Offshore oil and gas exploration policy reforms - submissions due 8 December 2017
The Australian Government is considering policy changes to ensure the attractiveness of Australia’s offshore oil and gas exploration regime. A discussion paper has been developed as part of the public consultation process to seek feedback and alternative ideas. To view the discussion paper and make a submission, click here.

Threatened ecological community listing - Tuart woodlands and forests - submissions due 13 December 2017
The Department of Environment and Energy invites comment on the draft Conservation Advice for the ‘Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) woodlands and forests of the Swan Coastal Plain’ ecological community. This is currently being assessed to find out if it is a threatened ecological community under the EPBC Act. Details of the draft listing advice and on how to make a submission are available here.