Listed species and ecological community permits

Applications for a permit to kill, injure, take, trade, keep or move a listed species or ecological community, a listed migratory species, or a listed marine species in or on a Commonwealth area

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Submitting permit application

All applications should be submitted to EPBC.permits@environment.gov.au. Please also submit public comments on current permit applications to this email address.

About this permit

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) requires a permit for activities which may kill, injure, take, trade, keep or move a member of a listed threatened species or ecological community, a member of a listed migratory species, or a member of a listed marine species in or on a Commonwealth area.

Permits will only be issued by the Environment Minister if the activity:

  • contributes significantly to the conservation of the listed threatened species or ecological community, the listed migratory species, or the listed marine species concerned, or other listed migratory or marine species or
  • the impact of the activity on a member of a listed threatened species or ecological community, a member of a listed migratory species, or a member of a listed marine species concerned is incidental to, and not the purpose of, the taking of the activity and
    • the taking of the activity will not adversely affect the survival or recovery in nature of the listed threatened species or ecological community or the conservation status or population of the listed migratory species or the listed marine species and
    • the taking of the activity is not inconsistent with a recovery plan that is in force for the listed threatened species or ecological community or a wildlife conservation plan that is in force for the listed migratory species or the listed marine species and
    • the holder of the permit will take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of the activity on the listed threatened species or ecological community, the listed migratory species, or the listed marine species or
  • the specified activity is of particular significance to indigenous tradition, and will not adversely affect the survival or recovery in nature of the conservation status of the listed threatened species or ecological community, the listed migratory species (including any population), or the listed marine species concerned or
  • the specified activity is necessary in order to control pathogens, and is conducted in a way that will, so far as is practicable, keep to a minimum any impact on the listed threatened species or ecological community, the listed migratory species, or the listed marine species concerned.

Exemptions

The Environment Minister may exempt a person proposing to take an activity from the requirement to obtain a permit provided the person applies in writing. When granting an exemption, the Environment Minister will need to be satisfied that it is in the national interest.

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Invitation to comment

Invitation to comment on applications submitted for a permit to kill, injure, take, trade, keep or move a listed species or ecological community, a listed migratory species, or a listed marine species in a Commonwealth Area:

Open for comment

Application title Please comment by
Application for a permit to capture and tag little penguins (Eudyptula minor) in Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay Territory, ACT (E2014/0093) 22 September 2014

Closed for public comment - pending decision

Application title Comment closed on
Application to take and kill wedge-tailed shearwaters on Norfolk Island  (E2014-0092) 18 August 2014
Application for a permit to remove habitat for Drooping Red Gum and Dwarf Kerrawang from RAAF Base, Williamtown, NSW (E2014-0088) 6 August 2014
Application for a permit to remove Drooping Red Gum trees from RAAF Base, Williamtown, NSW (E2014-0089) 6 August 2014
Natural Temperate Grassland, Golden Sun Moth and Grassland Earless Dragons at Canberra Airport 3 December 2007
Orphaned Booby Bird (Sula sula) 3 October 2007
Brown booby (Sula leucogaster) samples from Christmas Island 31 July 2007
Investigation of the ecology of Christmas Island Seabird Community 23 July 2007
Seek closer approach to whales and dolphins in waters around Norfolk Island 28 June 2007
Investigation of the ecology of Christmas Island Seabird Community 12 June 2007
Take a listed marine species 31 May 2007
Take a Yellow snouted ground gecko 10 May 2007

Closed for public comment - decision made

Application title Comment closed on
Application for a permit for the tagging of whale sharks in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Coral Sea  (E2014-0090) 6 August 2014
Application for a permit for the tagging of dugongs in the Torres Strait (E2014-0091) 12 August 2014
Application for a permit to move Five-clawed Worm-skink (Anomalopus mackayi) and Collared delma (Delma torquata) at Oakey, Queensland (E2014-0087) 21 March 2014
Application for a permit to take Black bellied storm petrels (Fregetta tropica) for the purpose of tagging and collecting biological samples, offshore South east Queensland in Commonwealth marine areas (E2014-0086) 28 February 2014
Application for a permit to prune and clear listed plant species, Princhester Qld (E2014-0085) 20 February 2014
Application for a permit to move striped legless lizards (Delma impar) at Mansfield, Victoria (E2013-0084) 24 January 2014
Application for a permit to tag shortfin mako sharks (Isurus oxyrinchus) in Commonwealth waters (E2013-0083) 16 December 2013
Application for a permit to capture and collect biological samples from various bird marine and migratory bird species on Christmas Island (E2013-0082) 7 October 2013
Application for a permit to collect seeds and cutting material of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub of the Sydney Region, from bushland at North Head, Manly, NSW (E2013-0081) 4 October 2013
Application to move individuals of a listed ecological community, a listed migratory species or a listed marine species during building rectification works on South Islet, (Part of the Willis Islets), Coral Sea (E2013-0080) 1 October 2013
Application for a permit for the banding of various listed bird species on Christmas Island (E2013-0079) 17 July 2013
Application for a permit to take sea snakes for blood and tissue sampling, various Commonwealth marine areas (E2013-0078) 12 June 2013
Application for a permit to collect seeds from Button wrinklewort (Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides) plants at various sites in the ACT (E2012-0070) 13 November 2012
Application for a permit to satellite tag and collect blood, feather and diet samples from 60 Eudyptula minor (Little Penguin) at Bowen Island, NSW 4 June 2013
Application for a permit to move (translocate) an Acacia terminalis subsp. terminalis (Sunshine Wattle) at HMAS Watson, Sydney, NSW (E2011-0061) 14 May 2013
Application for a permit to tag Australian fur-seals and New Zealand fur-seals within Jervis Bay Marine Park, NSW (E2013-0077) 8 May 2013
Application for a permit to tag and take blood samples from hooded plovers (Thinornis rubricollis) at Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay Territory (E2013-0075) 6 May 2013
Survey of Sea Snakes and Green Turtles to look at the long-term effect of the 2009 oil release from the West Atlas rig in the Montara Gas Field, WA (E2013-0073) 26 March 2013
Application for a permit to conduct Population viability analysis Little Penguins, Garden Island, WA (E2013-0072) 11 February 2013
Application for a permit to clear up to 0.305 hectares of Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain at Point Wilson Explosives Area, Victoria (E2012-0071) 28 January 2013
Application for a permit to DNA sample and satellite tag Dugongs (Dugong dugon) in waters near Boigu Island, Torres Strait (E2012-0069) 28 August 2012
Application for a permit to conduct scientific research on the avifauna of Christmas Island (E2011-0055) 20 August 2012
Application for a permit to satellite tag shortfin mako sharks (Isurus oxyrinchus) in South Eastern Australian waters (E2012-0068) 8 June 2012
Application for a permit to tag and collect genetic samples from Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor), Booderee National Park, NSW (E2012-0066) 10 April 2012
Application for a permit to band, weigh, measure, collect biological samples from, and attach bio-logging tracking devices to, sea birds. Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve and Cartier Island Marine Reserve (E2012-0067) 2 April 2012
Application for a permit to survey Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and sea snakes, Sahul Shelf, Timor Sea, WA (E2012-0065) 29 February 2012
Application for a permit to remove Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain, 15 Vaughan Street, Essendon Fields, Essendon Airport, Vic (E2011-0063) 21 December 2011
Application for a permit to survey Golden Sun Moth (Synemon plana) and Natural Temperate Grassland of the Southern Tablelands of NSW and the ACT, Block 3, Section 22, Barton, ACT (E2011-0062) 23 November 2011
Application for a permit to survey Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar), Avalon Airport, VIC (E2011-0060) 13 October 2011
Application for a permit to collect naturally deceased birds for monitoring purposes, Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve and Cartier Island Marine Reserve, WA (E2011-0059) 25 October 2011
Application for a permit to collect landed dead Syngnathids from fishing vessels in the Northern Prawn Trawl Fishery for research purposes, NT (E2011-0058) 21 September 2011
Application for a permit for a permit to move birds and turtles for the upgrade and repair of the Weather Station infrastructure, South Islet and Middle Island (Willis Islets), QLD (E2011-0057) 9 September 2011
Application for a permit for incidental impacts on Five-clawed Worm-skink for the upgrade of the Saint George Non-Directional Beacon, QLD (E2011-0056) 15 August 2011
Application for a permit for incidental impacts on Green and Hawksbill Turtles from the upgrade of the Home Island slipway, Cocos (Keeling) Islands (E2011-0054) 7 July 2011
Application for a permit to kill three Drooping Red Gums (Eucalyptus parramattensis decadens) on RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW (E2011-0052) 20 May 2011
Application for a permit to injure Asplenium listeri from Christmas Island, WA (E2011-0051) 17 May 2011
Application for a permit for incidental impacts on Slaty Red Gum for the construction and operation of training and support facilities, Singleton Training Area, NSW (E2011-0049) 12 May 2011
Application for a permit to take chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroii) from Bindoon Army Training Area and Julimar Conservation Park to Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, WA (E2011-0050) 27 April 2011
Application for a permit for incidental impacts on Green and Hawksbill Turtles from construction of freight and passenger facility, Rumah Baru, Cocos (Keeling) Islands (E2011-0048) 27 April 2011
Application for a permit for incidental impacts on Striped Legless Lizard and Grassland Earless Dragon for replacement of non-directional beacon, Cooma Airport, NSW (E2011-0047) 27 April 2011
Application for a permit to survey nine species of seabird, Christmas Island (E2011-0046) 9 March 2011
Application to collect Ginninderra Peppercress (Lepidium ginninderrense) seed, Belconnen Naval Transmission Station, ACT – E2010-0045 29 December 2010
Application to move Leipoa ocellata (Malleefowl) eggs at Murray-Bridge Army Range, SA (E2010-0044) 7 December 2010
Application for a permit take Brachyscome muellerioides, Lepidium monoplocoides, and Swainsona murrayana from Naval Communication site at Morundah, NSW (E2010-0043) 30 November 2010
Effects of fire on population dynamics of Pterostyli wapstrarum and Pterostyli ziegeleri, Tas - E2010-0038 10 May 2010
Application for a permit to collect herbarium specimens and seed from Northern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, North Head, NSW (E2010-0039) 9 September 2010
Application for a permit to relocate White's Seahorses from HMAS Platypus, Neutral Bay, NSW (E2010-0040) 6 September 2010
Application to keep dead Eastern Bristlebirds (Dasyornis brachypterus), Beecroft Weapons Range, NSW - E2010-0035 12 April 2010
Application to tag Australian Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus), Jervis Bay Marine Park, NSW - E2010-0036 13 April 2010
Application to undertake maintenance mowing in Hibbertia sp Bankstown (R.T. Miller & C.P. Gibson s.n. 18.10.06) habitat, Bankstown Airport, NSW, E2010-0037 4 May 2010
Application for a permit to remove Frankenia plicata from a Commonwealth area, SA (E2010-0041) 29 October 2010
Application for Water discharge to Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis) habitat Launceston Airport TAS (E2010-0042) 17 November 2010
Seek exemption from using TEDs (Turtle Exclusion Devices) in deep water trawling in the Coral Sea Fishery 1 June 2007
Golden Sun Moth and Natural Temperate Grassland at the Belconnen Naval Transmission Station 25 July 2008
Banding of Threatened Bird Species on Christmas Island - E2008 - 0018 8 August 2008
Banding of Migratory bird species on Christmas Island - E2008-0019 8 August 2008
Banding of Marine bird species on Christmas Island - E2008-0020 8 August 2008
Application to trap and take genetic samples from Grassland Earless Dragon (Tympanocryptis pinguicolla) and to manipulate Natural Temperate Grassland of the Southern Tablelands of NSW and the Australian Capital Territory 30 January 2009
Application to take orphaned/injured Red Footed Booby (Sula sula) birds, Cocos (Keeling) Islands - E2010-0033 4 February 2010
Application to remove Acacia pubescens from Bankstown Airport by Bankstown City Council 3 February 2010
Application for Satellite Telemetry of Marine Turtles at Norfolk Island 12 January 2010
Application for the removal of narrow-leaved peppermint trees from Bankstown Airport, NSW ·E2009-0031 5 November 2009
Application for the translocation of 12 long-nosed potoroo from Cape Conran in Victoria to Booderee National Park in NSW - E2009-0028 23 October 2009
Application for the removal of downy wattle plants from Bankstown Airport, NSW - E2009-0030 16 October 2009
Application for the collection of salt-water crocodile eggs from the Bradshaw Field Training Area, NT - E2009-0029 16 October 2009
Application for incidental impacts from the construction of a passenger/freight facility on Green and Hawksbill turtles, Cocos (Keeling) Islands 19 March 2009
Application for the collection of landed dead sea snakes from trawlers in the Northern Prawn Trawl Fishery 26 June 2009
Application to clear 0.32ha of Eucalyptus glaucina for Minimbah Bank 3rd Track, Singleton Training Area, NSW 13 July 2009
Application to remove 1ha of trees comprising the Cumberland Plain Woodlands ecological community, Ingleburn Army Camp site, NSW 3 July 2009
Collection of seeds and cuttings from Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, North Head 23 October 2008
Cumberland Plain Woodlands and Shale Sandstone Transition Forests at the Holsworthy Military Area, NSW 29 April 2008
Tagging whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef and Christmas Island 13 December 2007
Permit applications withdrawn
Application title
Application for a permit to translocate Pineapple Zamia (Macrozamia pauli-guilielmi) plants within the Wide Bay Training Area, QLD (E2012-0064)
Removal of herbaceous material from 'natural temperate grasslands of the Southern Tablelands of NSW and the Australian Capital Territory' and 'White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum grassy woodland and derived native grassland' within the Majura Training Area in the ACT E2008-0022