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Referrals Spatial Database

The Referrals Spatial Database records locations of referrals submitted to the Department under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC Act) 1999. A proponent (who are those proposing a development) must supply the maximum extent (location) of any proposed activities that need to be assessed under the EPBC Act through an application process. Referral boundaries should not be misinterpreted as development footprints but where referrals have been received by the Department.

It should be noted that not all referrals captured within the Referrals Spatial Database, are assessed and approved by the Minister for the Environment, as some are withdrawn before assessment can take place. For more detailed information on a referral a URL is provided to the EPBC Act Public notices pages. Status and detailed planning documentation is available on the EPBC Act Public notices (http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/epbc/epbc_ap.pl?). This includes some summary statistics and public notifications.

In the first instance where a proponent provides GIS data through a referral application, this is loaded as the polygons for a referral. Where this doesn't exist other means to digitise boundaries are employed to provide a relatively accurate reflection of the maximum extent for which the referral may impact. This sometimes takes the form of heads up digitising planning documents, sourcing from other state databases (such as PSMA Australia) features and coordinates supplied through the application forms.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Title Referrals Spatial Database
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia
Data Status active
Update Frequency daily
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/dataset/c033258a-1c04-4439-b13c-e1ffddd8325c
Date Published 2015-11-17
Date Updated 2017-10-13
Contact Point
Department of the Environment and Energy
+61 2 6274 1111
Temporal Coverage 2000-08-16
Geospatial Coverage {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[62.749137, -68.668055], [171.649373, -68.668055], [171.649373, -0.079519], [62.749137, -0.079519], [62.749137, -68.668055]]]}
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Department of the Environment and Energy
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