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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:

  • searching the online Public Register portal
    (please refer to the search guide table below for the types of information contained in the portal)
  • searching for Public Register information available online
    (please refer to the search guide table below for types of information available online)
  • submitting a Public Register information request
    (please refer to the search guide table below for information that is not currently available online)
  • 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.

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

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

  • Searching for the Current version of documents (fast) as opposed to past versions of documents (takes more time).
  • Prior to 2013 documents created by the department were stored in hard copy and are not generally digitised. Requesting these documents typically requires retrieval of archived hard copy files from an offsite storage facility and will add time to your request.
  • Searching on single search terms (such as permit reference) will usually result in a quicker result, as opposed to searching for many permit references.
  • Some companies hold many permits, therefore it will take longer if you only specify the company/entity name.
  • A search is aided by providing the Department Reference number, such as EA# which can be found in our online Portal.
  • If searching for a lot and plan reference for older documents, it is recommended the current lot and plan and any replaced lot and plan numbers are provided if available. e.g. pre reconfiguration of a lot.

Public Register information request category

Example

Estimated response timeframe

Simple

  • Requesting the current version of a single document for a single permit/location listed under section 540 that is ordinarily made available online but no document is available online.
  • This timeframe excludes: documents where the current version was created prior to 2013.

10 business days

Moderate

  • Requesting the current version of more than one document (but less than 5) available under section 540 found by searching for either:
    • A single location OR
    • A single departmental document reference number (such as an EA or enforcement reference)

    This timeframe excludes: documents where the current version was created prior to 2013.

15 business days

Intermediate

  • Requesting all or any version/s of a single document created before 2013 available under section 540 found by searching for:
    • A single location OR
    • A single departmental document reference number (such as an EA or enforcement reference)
  • Requesting current version of more than one document but less than 5 (after 2013) by searching for:
    • A single entity

25 business days

Significant

  • Requesting all or any version/s of ALL documents created before or after 2013 available under section 540 found by searching for:
    • A single location OR
    • A single departmental document reference number (such as an EA or enforcement reference)

40 business days

Complex

  • Requesting all or any version/s of all documents created before or after 2013 available under section 540 found by searching for:
    • Multiple location OR
    • Multiple departmental document reference
    • numbers (such as an EA enforcement reference, or monitoring reports)
  • Requesting all or any versions of ALL documents created before or after 2013 for a single entity

60 business days

Very complex
  • Requesting all or any versions of ALL documents created before or after 2013 found by searching for:
    • Multiple entities
75 business days

Contact

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