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Public register—Environmental Protection Act 1994

The Department of Environment and Science maintains a Public Register that provides information and documentation related to the administration and enforcement activities it undertakes in line with the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

You have the right to view and request information included on the Public Register. This information is available by:

Search guide for Public Register information

The following table provides an easy search guide summarising how to access Public Register information. It can be sorted by information type or by availability options.

TypeAvailability
Applications for an Environmental Authority (EA) Online
Amendment to an Environmental Authority (EA) applications Online
EA permits (current) Public register portal
EA permits (past, including past versions of current EAs) Information request
Eligibility criteria and standard conditions (Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) standards) Online

Progressive rehabilitation and closure plans (PRCP)

  • Application documents
  • Amendment
  • Schedule
  • Audit reports (current)
  • Audit reports (past)
  • Annual returns
Information request
Plans of operations Information request
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (current) Online
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (past) Information request
Temporary Emission Licences (TELs) (since 2012) Public register portal
Annual returns (incl. Progressive rehabilitation and closure plans and Coal Seam Gas evaluations) Information request
Estimated rehabilitation cost decisions Information request
Information notices about financial assurance Information request

Enforcement actions:

  • accepted enforceable undertakings
  • transitional environmental programs (TEPs)
  • environmental protection orders
  • environmental evaluations
  • direction notices
  • clean-up notices
  • cost recovery notices.
Public register portal

Enforcement actions:

  • documents required under a condition of a an environmental authority, transitional environmental program (TEP) or a temporary emissions licence (TEL)
Information request
Suitable Operators (current)  Online
Suitable Operators (cancelled or suspended) Information request
Environmental management and contaminated land registers. Note: a search of these registers incurs a fee. Online
Public interest evaluation reports (PIE)

Search the online Public Register portal

The following information is available in the online Public Register portal:

  • Current and historic environmental authorities that have been granted, suspended, cancelled, surrendered and expired
  • Most enforcement actions
  • Temporary emissions licences.

The online Public Register portal forms part of the Public Register. It aims to make it easier for you to determine what environmental information you can access online and what information you can access by submitting a public register information request.

For more information about the Public Register Portal visit the frequently asked questions.

Please note that the Public Register Portal hosts a high volume of records and documents and errors may exist. If you believe there is an error in the records and/or documents in the Public Register Portal, please notify us by sending an email to Public.Register@des.qld.gov.au including:

  • Your name
  • Name of the company in the relevant record or document
  • Reference number in the relevant record or document
  • Your contact details
  • Specific details of the error.

Submit a Public Register information request

Public Register information that is not currently available online can be accessed by submitting a request for Public Register information.

The following types of information are available by request in accordance with section 540 and 540A of the Environmental Protection Act 1994:

  • Environmental authority (EA) document not available on the Public Register Portal
  • Application documents for an EA or EA amendment (including information requests)
  • Plans of operations
  • Application documents for a proposed PRCP or amendment or a PRCP schedule (including information requests)
  • Progressive rehabilitation and closure plans (PRCP)
  • Audit reports of PRCP schedules
  • PRCP schedules that are no longer in effect
  • Reports about public interest evaluations
  • Annual returns, including PRCP or Coal Seam Gas (CSG) evaluations
  • Information notices about financial assurance
  • Estimated rehabilitation cost decisions
  • Monitoring programs (including results) carried out under the EP Act or a development approval
  • Enforcement actions, (if not available online) not including penalty infringement notices or warnings
  • Suitable operators who have had their registrations cancelled or suspended

There are no fees associated with these requests.

Response timeframes for Public Register information requests

All requests for Public Register information that is not currently available online are allocated a response timeframe based on the volume of items requested and/or the complexity of the request. The department will endeavour to provide a response within 10–60 business days, subject to its complexity and size.

The following table provides guidance on how long a Public Register information request may take.

Public Register information request category

Example

Estimated response timeframe

Simple

  • Location of ONE most recent version of an item listed under section 540 of the EP Act  relating to ONE entity / permit / location
  • Location of the most recent version of a document  listed under section 540 of the EP Act that would ordinarily be available on the Public Register Portal but is not available (e.g. recently issued   EA)

10 business days

Moderate

  • Location of MULTIPLE most recent versions of documents listed under section 540 of the EP Act relating to ONE entity / permit / location
  • Explanations required in response to queries relating to presence or absence of public register items.

15 business days

Intermediate

  • Location of historic versions of ONE item listed under section 540 of the EP Act relating to ONE entity / permit / location
  • Location of MULTIPLE historic versions of documents listed under section 540 of the EP Act relating to ONE entity / permit / location
  • Location of MULTIPLE documents listed under section 540 of the EP Act relating to MULTIPLE entities / permits / locations
  • Location of items listed under section 540A of the EP Act.

25 business days

Significant

  • Location of ALL documents listed under 540 and/or 540A of the EP Act for ONE entity / permit / location

40 business days

Complex

  • Location of ALL documents listed under 540 and/or 540A of the EP Act for MULTIPLE entities / permits / locations

60 business days

Other ways to access departmental information

The Public Register is just one way that you can access information and documents held by the department.

Information that is not included on the Public Register may still be able to be available through other options for accessing departmental information.

Contact

For general enquiries about Public Register information, contact the Department of Environment and Science.