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The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
The Department of the Environment and Energy is seeking your view on the small business exemption from cost recovery fees for environmental assessments.
The Department administers the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) which provides for the protection of nationally protected matters. Projects likely to have a significant impact on a matter protected under the EPBC Act, such as a threatened species, must be submitted to the Department to determine if Commonwealth assessment is required.
On 1 October 2014, the Australian Government commenced cost recovery arrangements for environmental assessments under the EPBC Act. However, individuals and small businesses are exempt from paying cost recovery fees.
The Department is currently reviewing the small business exemption criteria and has issued a consultation paper for public comment (see attached). The Department welcomes your view on the preferred method for determining which businesses should be exempt from cost recovery fees.
The public consultation paper and further information on cost recovery arrangements for environmental assessments are also available at http://www.environment.gov.au/epbc/cost-recovery.
Policy and Reform Branch
Environment Standards Division
Department of the Environment and Energy