Guideline: Native vegetation referrals

Closes 30 Jul 2021

Opened 30 Jun 2021


The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) is seeking public comment on the draft Guideline: Native vegetation referrals.

This guideline was developed to inform stakeholders about the new clearing referrals process that will be introduced when certain amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (the EP Act) take effect in the second half of 2021.

It provides an overview of the key factors that the department considers when assessing a proposed clearing referral and determining if a clearing permit is or is not required.

Consultation period and providing feedback

The department welcomes all feedback on the draft guideline.

The public consultation period will run for one (1) month, from Wednesday, 30 June 2021 until Friday 30 July 2021. Submissions should be emailed to the department's Better Regulatory Practice branch via

Should you have any queries or require additional information, please contact Richard Newman from the department’s Native Vegetation Regulation branch via email to

After the consultation period

Following the completion of the public consultation period, the department will:

  • review and summarise comments received into a consultation register and consultation summary report.
  • revise and incorporate relevant feedback, where appropriate.
  • publish the final Guideline: Native vegetation referrals on the department’s website along with the consultation summary report.

About making a submission

Please be aware that in making a submission, you are consenting to it being treated as a part of a public document. Your name will be published; however, your contact address will be withheld for privacy.

If you do not consent to your submission being treated as part of a public document, you should mark it as confidential or specifically identify what information in the submission you consider to be confidential, and include an explanation.

Please note that even if your submission is treated as confidential by the department, it may still be disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1992, or any other applicable written law.

DWER reserves the right before publishing a submission to delete any content that could be regarded as racially vilifying, derogatory, or defamatory to an individual or an organisation.


  • Public


  • Environmental Protection
  • Native Vegetation