Section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to publish a disclosure log on their website. The disclosure log lists information that has been released by the Department in response to a request for access to information under the FOI Act received after 1 May 2011. Notably, the Department's disclosure log also lists information which has been released by Minister Burke's Office, Parliamentary Secretary Farrell's Office and the following portfolio agencies:
- Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme Regulator
- Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder
- National Environmental Protection Council
- National Environmental Protection Council Service Corporation
- Australian Heritage Council.
Pursuant to section 11C of the FOI Act, the disclosure log requirements do not apply to the following types of information:
- personal information about any person, if it would be unreasonable to publish the information
- information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person, if it would be unreasonable to publish the information
- information of a kind covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be unreasonable, and
- any information, if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of any modifications to a document (or documents) necessary to delete information referred to above.
Information described in the disclosure log may be obtained by contacting the FOI Contact Officer on (02) 6274 2098 or by email at email@example.com.
A charge may be imposed to reimburse the department for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. You will be notified if any charge is payable and if a charge is payable, you will be required to pay the charge before the information is provided.
|FOI Reference||Release Date||FOI Title||Summary of Information Requested||Summary of Documents Released|
|80211||5 May 2011||Coal-Seam Gas||Seeking documents related to advice to the Minister over the past 12 months on the implications of coal-seam gas (CSG) developments for the Great Artesian Basin.||14 documents released with 10 in full and 4 edited copies|
|60411||19 June 2011||Lower Murray||Documents relating to removal of Bund at Lake Albert, and/or regulators at Clayton||24 documents with 1 released in full and 23 edited copies|
|60511||13 July 2011||Say Yes Australia advertising, correspondence and financial transactions||Information sought relating to the Say Yes Australia advertising campaigns, communication with Say Yes Australia employees and financial transactions with Say Yes Australia, the Climate Institute, World Wildlife Fund Australia, Greenpeace, Australian Council of Trade Unions, Get Up!, and the Australian Conservation Foundation.||6 edited documents released|
|90611||22 July 2011||Murray-Darling Correspondence||Copy of letter dated 6 December 2010 from the Chair, Murray-Darling Basin Authority to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities||3 documents with 2 released in full and 1 edited copy|
|20711||15 August 2011||Roe Highway Extension Proposal||Access to copies of all documents in the power, custody or possession of the department, dated 1 October 2010 or later, which refer or relate to the Roe Highway Extension Proposal (the Roe 8 extension) and the Beeliar Wetlands, including draft documents of brief, letters and reports to the Minister, as well as final or most recent versions of documents.||3 documents released with 2 in full and 1 edited copy|
|40711||18 August 2011||Radioactive items dumped on the Sea Bed at Petroleum Permit Area WA-260-P (Buffalo Field)||Access to documents relating to pipes which were dumped on the sea bed at Petroleum Permit area WA-260-P (Buffalo Field)||11 documents released in full|
|70611||19 August 2011||Menindee Lake Project||Access to all correspondence between the department and the current New South Wales Government regarding development of the Menindee Lakes Project.||1 edited document released|
|60911||21 October 2011||Booderee National Park Fishing Policies||Access to policy documents (sections or excerpts) concerning closure of rock fishing access at Booderee National Park.||8 documents released with 1 in full and 7 edited copies|
|80911||21 October 2011||Instruments of Delegation / Authorisation under the FOI Act.||
Access to all signed delegation / authorisation / permissions for all powers to make decisions under the FOI Act.
Copies of the last 5 signed delegations / authorisations / permissions since 2005.
|3 documents released in full|
|80611||21 October 2011||Menindee Lakes Project||Access to all correspondence between the Department and the former New South Wales Government regarding the development of the Menindee Lakes Project as referred to in the answer to Question on Notice 49 asked through the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications February 2011 Additional Estimates in the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities portfolio.||149 documents released with 147 in full and 2 edited copies|
|50911||10 November 2011||Murray-Darling Basin Authority Ministerial Council Communiqué||Access to a list of priority infrastructure projects provided bySstate governments to the Federal Government as referred to in the Ministerial Council communiqué of 27 May 2011.||1 document released in full|
|90911||11 November 2011||Trans-Boundary Movement of Hazardous Waste||
All information held by the Minister and the Department from the last year relating to the following international agreements governing the trans-boundary movement of hazardous waste that Australia is a party to:
All information held by the Minister and DSEWPAC from the last year relating to the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 (Cth) relating specifically to e-waste.
|7 documents released with 6 in full and 1 edited copy|
|011011||24 November 2011||PMR Quarries||Access to all communication, requests and responses between the Department and PMR Quarries Pty Ltd trading as WA Limestone Natural Resources Management regarding vegetation clearing (EPBC 2011/5955).||8 documents released in full|
|041011||06 December 2011||Bral Investments||Access to the Department's offer to Bral Investments Pt Ltd. Application under the National Rental Affordability Scheme Round 4.||2 documents released with 1 in full and 1 edited copy|
|021111||07 December 2011||Air Quality Standards Discussion Paper (July 2010) for the Review of the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure.||Access to all written records, such as documents, emails etc (timeframe 1 September 2010 to 30 September 2011) associated with the processing of Mr Godson's submission to Air Quality Standards Discussion Paper (July 2010) for the Review of the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure.||5 documents released in full|
|110711||14 December 2011||Melbourne Urban Growth Boundary||Access to five relevant briefs from the Department to the Minister regarding strategic assessment of Melbourne Urban Growth Boundary Including all attachments.||5 documents released with 2 in full and 3 edited copies|
|071011||22 December 2011||Job Funds Heritage Program||Access to reports resulting from the two evaluations of the Jobs Fund Heritage Program identified in the answer to Question on Notice 173 asked through the Senate Standing Committee for the May 2011 Budget Estimates||2 documents released in part|
|091011||15 February 2012||Environmental Assessment documents||Documents relied on by the Department in deciding that the Gippsland Ports Committee of Management Incorporated's proposal to dredge and dispose of maintenance dredge material from the inner channels and bar at Lakes Entrance (EPBC 2001/5932) is not a controlled action under the EPBC Act.||16 documents released in full|
|070112||15 February 2012||Australian Heritage Strategy||Documents relating to the consultancy for "Preparation of an Australian Heritage Strategy" as identified in the answer to Question on Notice 205.||1 document released in full|
|090112||15 February 2012||National Water Reform Governance Issues||Documents relating to the consultancy for the research and preparation of background papers on National Water Reform Governance Issues, as identified in the answer to Question on Notice 205.||1 document released in full|
|100112||15 February 2012||Assess Water Recycling Target Issues||Documents relating to consultancy for "Assess Water Recycling Target Issues" as identified in the answer to Question on Notice 205.||1 document released in full|
|160112||21 February 2012||EPBC Matter 2008/4402: the BG International Ltd & OGC Ltd QLD Curtis LNG Project - LNG Plant and Onshore Facilities.||Documents relating to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the EPBC matter 2008/4402.||2 documents released in full|
|170112||21 February 2012||EPBC Matter 2008/4401: BG International Ltd & OGC Ltd QLD Curtis LNG Project - LNG Marine Facilities||Documents relating to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the EPBC matter 2008/4401.||2 documents released in full|
|180112||21 February 2012||EPBC Matter 2008/4059: Santos Ltd Coal Seam Gas Field Development for Natural Gas Liquefaction Park, Curtis Island||Documents relating to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the EPBC matter 2008/4059.||2 documents released in full|
|190112||21 February 2012||EPBC Matter 2008/4058: Santos Ltd Development of Marine Facilities to Service Natural Gas Liquefaction Park, Curtis Island||Documents relating to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the EPBC matter 2008/4058.||2 documents released in full|
|200112||21 February 2012||EPBC Matter 2008/4057: Santos Ltd Development of Natural Gas Liquefaction Park||Documents relating to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the EPBC matter 2008/4057.||2 documents released in full|
|210112||21 February 2012||EPBC Matter 2008/4096: Santos Ltd Gas Pipeline & Alternative Pipeline to Supply Natural Gas Liquefaction Plant||Documents relating to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the EPBC matter 2008/4096.||2 documents released in full|
|220112||21 February 2012||EPBC Matter 2008/4399: BG International Ltd & OGC Ltd Queensland Curtis LNG Project - Pipeline Network||Documents relating to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the EPBC matter 2008/4399.||2 documents released in full|
|230112||21 February 2012||EPBC Matter 2008/4405: BG International Ltd & OGC Ltd Shipping Activity Assoc with QLD Curtis LNG Project||Documents relating to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the EPBC matter 4405.||2 documents released in full|
|020112||06 March 2012||Emergency listing of the Tarkine Wilderness||Documents relating to the decisions on the emergency listing of the Tarkine Wilderness.||6 documents released in full|
|041211||08 March 2012||Teviot Downs Residential Estate||Documents relating to the assessment of the referral lodged by Teviot Downs Estate Pty Ltd (EPBC reference number 2011/6106).||
15 documents released in full, 8 in part and 2 exempted in full.
|051011||19 March 2012||Cobaki Lakes Residential Development||Documents relating to the application by Leda Manorstead Pty Ltd for approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 in relation to the proposed Cobaki Lakes Residential Development in N.S.W.||
44 documents released in full, 1 in part and 6 exempted in full.
|050811||12 April 2012||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act||Documents (including briefing papers, internal and external correspondences) relating to the review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act.||2 documents released in full and 9 in part.|
|050811||16 April 2012||Cultural Heritage Places Project Grant||Documents relating to Hamilton's Ewell Vineyards Pty Ltd and Cultural Heritage Places Project grant.||2 documents released in full.|
|051111||23 April 2012||Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Listing||Documents produced in the last two years:
7 documents released in full.
|091111||11 May 2012||Expansion of the Olympic Dam Mine||Documents before the Minister at the time of making his decision regarding the approval of the proposal announced on 10 October 2011 relating to the expansion of the Olympic dam.||23 documents released in full and 2 refused access.|
|150112||11 May 2012||Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area||Documents relating to the commercial shipping traffic, construction of coal export terminals and LNG facilities in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.||15 Documents released in full and 2 in part.|
|060412||28 May 2012||Tarkine Heritage Listing||Documents containing advice about whether the Tarkine should be included on the National Heritage List.||1 document released in part.|
|070312||6 June 2012||Gum Flat Iron Ore Project||Documents relating to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the EPBC matter 2011/6097.||74 documents released in full, 9 in part and 2 exempted in full.|
|030512||02 July 2012||Section 194Q(3) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999||Documents which explain why a ministerial decision under section 194Q(3) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 has not met the statutory timeframe during the 2011-2012 financial year.||3 documents released in part.|
|060112||03 July 2012||Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation||Documents relating to funding and grants to the Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation.||4 documents released in full and 18 in part.|
|040512||03 July 2012||Menindee Lakes||Correspondence between Minister Burke and NSW Minister for Primary Industries (Minister Hodgkinson) regarding options for Menindee Lakes.||1 document released in full.|
|040312||09 July 2012||Abbott Point Coal Terminal||Documents held by the Department relating to the industry lead cumulative environmental impact assessment of the proposed expansion of the Abbott Point Coal Terminal.||4 documents released in full and 18 in part.|
|070512||24 July 2012||Emergency Heritage Listing for part of Cape York Peninsula||Briefing to Minister Burke from the Department regarding the Wilderness Society's request for Emergency Heritage Listing for part of Cape York Peninsula.||1 document released in full.|
|010712||30 July 2012||Departmental telephone help lines||Documents containing data regarding Department's information and telephone help lines.||1 document released in full.|
|050512||30 July 2012||Documents relating to Venture Minerals Ltd||
Correspondence between the Department and Venture Minerals Ltd.
|3 documents released in full and 1 in part.|
|080612||22 August 2012||Hunting in National Parks||
Documents provided by the Department to the Minister's Office regarding hunting in National Parks.
|9 documents released in full.|
|070412||24 August 2012||Advice regarding controlled actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act)||
Documents containing advice on whether the projects EPBC Referral No. 2011/6178 (Venture Minerals, Mt Lindsay), EPBC Referral No. 2012/6339 (Venture Minerals, West Tullah DSO Hematite Mine) and EPBC Referral No. 2012/6342 (Venture Minerals, Livingstone), should be declared controlled actions under the EPBC Act.
|5 documents released in full, 1 in part and 1 exempt in full.|
|080412||24 August 2012||Public Notices on the EPBC database||
Documents concerning the publication of public notices on the EPBC database regarding: projects EPBC Referral No. 2011/6178 (Venture Minerals, Mt Lindsay), EPBC Referral No. 2012/6339 (Venture Minerals, West Tullah DSO Hematite Mine) and EPBC Referral No. 2012/6342 (Venture Minerals, Livingstone) and EPBC Referral No. 2012/6210 (Tarkine Forest Drive Road Upgrade).
|21 documents released in full and 3 documents exempt.|
|100612||29 August 2012||Night Parrot and Cloudbreak Mine Expansion Project||
Documents relating to the Night Parrot and those received by the Department since 1 February 2012 relating to the assessment of the Cloudbreak Mine Expansion Project, Pilbara Region (EPBC 2010/5696).
|32 documents released in full and 10 in part.|
|010812||30 August 2012||Grey-Headed Flying-Foxes||
Decision brief B12/887: Variation to approval conditions – Relocation of Grey-Headed Flying-Foxes from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW (EPBC 2008/464).
|2 documents released in full.|
|090612||4 September 2012||Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA WA)||
Correspondence between the Department and FESA WA.
|4 documents released in full.|
|080812||4 September 2012||Heritage listing of the West Kimberley||
Documents relating to the Australian Heritage Council in relation to their assessment of the national and potential international world heritage values of the West Kimberley.
|5 documents released in full.|
|020812||20 September 2012||Flying-fox Senior Officer's Working Group||Flying-fox Senior Officer's Working Group Report||1 documents released in full.|
|040812||9 October 2012||Marine Turtle||Documents relating to Marine Turtle Management Plan and Chevron Gorgon project on Barrow Island.||11 documents released in full.|
|150812||13 November 2012||Ministerial Briefings||Ministerial briefings regarding Adani, GVK, Mineralogy, Waratah Coal, Hancock Coal, Clive Palmer, Gina Rinhart, Macmines Austasia, AMCI and Bandanna Energy.||28 documents released in full.|
|020912||16 November 2012||Alpha Coal Mine||Documents relating to the EPBC referral matter 2008/4648.||6 documents released in full.|
|130812||20 November 2012||Western Grassland Reserve||Documents in relation to regulating offsetting grassland destruction in the area to the west of Werribee in Victoria.||26 documents released in full, 6 in part and 2 exempt in full.|
|050912||23 November 2012||Alpha Coal and Rail Project||Documents regarding the approval of the Alpha Coal and Rail Project.||26 documents released in full.|
|030812||30 November 2012||Dingo
(Canis lupus dingo)
|Documents relating to the removal of the dingo from the CITES list.||6 documents released in full and 3 in part.|
|021112||08 January 2013||Abbott Point Coal Terminal 3||Documents relating to EPBC referral matter 2008/4468 (Abbott Point Coal Terminal 2).||8 documents released in full.|
|060912||14 January 2013||Heritage Protection||Dispute between Fortescue Metals Group and Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation.||9 documents released in full.|
|111112||18 January 2013||Great Australian Bight||
|2 documents released in full.|
|040113||11 February 2013||Heritage Listing for the Tarkine||
A copy of the Australian Heritage Council’s report presented to Minister Burke regarding Tarkine late 2012.
|1 document released in full.|
|121112||21 February 2013||Correspondence between the SA premier and Minister||Correspondence between the SA premier and Minister.||1 document released in full.|
|041212||05 March 2013||South Jerrabomberra Urban Development Project (EPBC 2010/5708)||Documents relating to South Jerrabomberra Urban Development Project (EPBC 2010/5708)||37 documents released in full.|
|051012||12 December 2012||Approval of the Terminal 3 Project under the EPBC Act (2008/4468)||Documents prepared after July 2012, by the department, to inform and guide the Minister’s decision.||9 documents released in full.|
|060812||13 March 2013||Sea Dumping Permits||Current sea dumping permits in areas adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or World Heritage Area.||93 documents released in full.|
|070113||25 March 2013||Abel Tasman||Communications for the period of 14 October 2010 and 01 November 2012 between Minister Burke and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Seafish Tasmania.||6 documents released in full.|
|060313||02 April 2013||P3M3 information||
Documents relating to P3M3 information, in particular:
|2 documents released in full.|
|090213||02 April 2013||Fitzroy Terminal Project, Port Alma (EPBC 2011/6069)||Communications between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the department relating to the Fitzroy Terminal Project, Port Alma (EPBC 2011/6069) from June 2011 to November 2011.||15 documents released in full.|
|010113||05 April 2013||Alpha Coal Mine||Any internal assessments of the water impacts of the Alpha Coal Mine or associated railway line made by, or for, the Interim Expert Scientific Committee||One document released in full.|
|090113||16 April 2013||Menindee Lakes||
Copy of the proposed scope of infrastructure works and related operational rules at Menindee Lakes.
|One document released in part.|
|020213||22 April 2013||Wiluna Uranium Project (EPBC 2009/5174)||
All Correspondence between Toro Energy Ltd and Minister's Office between 10 October 2012 to 12 February 2013 regarding the Wiluna Uranium Project, WA (EPBC 2009/5714).
|34 documents released in full.|
|040213||22 April 2013||Report: Native Vegetation: Vegetation Gain Approach - Technical basis for calculating gains through improved native vegetation management and revegetation" - DSE, 2006||
Documents containing analysis, critiques, comments or reports on, and discussions about, the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment's method for calculating net gain used in determining the size of conservation offsets as described in the DSE's publication "Native Vegetation: Vegetation Gain Approach - Technical basis for calculating gains through improved native vegetation management and revegetation" - DSE, 2006.
|7 documents released in full.|
|100213||26 April 2013||Intrapac Project/West M Developments’ project at Westmeadows Lane||
Documents and correspondence in relation to Intrapac Project/West M Developments’ project at Westmeadows Lane.
|7 documents released in full.|
|010213||2 May 2013||Queensland Coral Fishery||Copy of the report detailing the review of the harvest of CITES listed taxa in the Queensland Coral Fishery in 2012 and a copy of the report of the results of the review to the Australian CITES Scientific Authority for Marine Species.||1 document released in full.|
|020413||2 May 2013||Cape York World Heritage Report||
Copy of report commissioned by the Minister which provides an assessment of the natural values of Cape York Peninsula against World Heritage criteria.
|1 document released in full.|
|050213||6 May 2013||Gloucester Coal Seam Gas approval||
Copy of documents before the Minister when he approved the Gloucester Coal Seam Gas proposal (EPBC No. 2008/4432).
|19 documents released in full.|
|100413||14 May 2013||Shale oil Operations||
Copy of briefings to Minister Burke from the department in 2013 regarding planned shale oil operations in Queensland and world heritage values.
|2 documents released in full.|
16 May 2013
Correspondence between the department and Bight Petroleum.
7 documents released in full.
28 May 2013
Meriton Apartments Pty Ltd Residential Development
Ministerial Brief regarding the Meriton Apartments Pty Ltd Residential Development (EPBC referral 2012/6358).
7 documents released in full.
29 May 2013
Boggabri Coal Mine
Documents relating to the Boggabri Coal Mine Extension.
28 documents released in full and 2 in part.
29 May 2013
Maules Creek Coal Mine
Documents relating to the Maules Creek Coal Mine.
33 documents released in full and one in part.
|050513||4 June 2013||Abbot Point||Copy of the brief, dated 7 February 2013, by the Queensland and South Australia Assessment Branch relating to the proposed action to construct and operate the T0 coal terminal expansion at the Port of Abbot Point (EPBC referral 2011/6194).||1 document released in full and 1 in part.|
|060513||4 June 2013||Abbot Point Coal Terminal T0||Documents relating to comments provided to the proponent of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal 0 on 11 December 2012 and 23 January 2013 as described in the Statement of Reasons for EPBC Referral 2011/6194 (T0 coal terminal expansion at the Port of Abbot Point).||1 document released in part.|
|090513||17 June 2013||Lightning 3D Marine Seismic Survey||Documents relating to Lightning 3D Marine Seismic Survey||22 document released in full and one in part.|
|030513||18 June 2013||Western Grassland Reserve||Documents relating to the Western Grassland Reserve Offset Policy.||2 documents released in full.|
|040513||18 June 2013||Offsetting Grassland Destruction||Documents relating to regulating offsetting grassland destruction in the area to the west of Werribee, Victoria.||1 document released in full.|
|020313||26 June 2013||Westmeadows Lane development||Documents relating to the Westmeadows Lane development.||22 document released in full.|
|110213||2 July 2013||Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project||All documents relating to the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project, including correspondence from Gladstone Ports Corporation and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.||20 documents released in full, 193 documents in part and 31 documents refused in full.|
|050413||8 July 2013||Biodiversity Fund application.||Application to the Biodiversity Fund relating to corridors and core habitat of the Koalas of the NSW Far South Coast and subsequent progress reports as submitted by the NSW Government.||2 documents released in full.|
|070413||2 August 2013||La Bella 3D Marine Seismic Survey||Public submissions regarding the La Bella 3D Marine Seismic Survey (EPBC 2012/6683).||2 documents released in full.|
|080413||2 August 2013||La Bella 3D Marine Seismic Survey||Copies of the brief and its attachments regarding the La Bella 3D Marine Seismic Survey (EPBC 2012/6683).||6 documents released in full.|
|090413||2 August 2013||La Bella 3D Marine Seismic Survey||Copies of three attachments to the brief regarding the La Bella 3D Marine Seismic Survey (EPBC 2012/6683).||2 documents released in full and 1 document in part.|
|070713||12 August 2013||Native vegetation projects in Queensland||Details of projects relating to protection and rehabilitation of native vegetation in Queensland||1 document released in full.|
|020613||13 August 2013||HMAS Adelaide||Copies of documents regarding the condition of the HMAS Adelaide wreck and artificial reef||14 documents released in full|
|130513||28 August||Mitchell Ports||Correspondence between the department/Minister and Mitchell Ports.||2 documents released in full.|
|070613||18 October 2013||Risdon Cove Indigenous Protected Area.||Documents regarding the Risdon Cove Indigenous Protected Area.||22 documents released in full.|
|030713||18 October 2013||Development referrals||Documents relating several EPBC matters (EPBC 2013/6821, 2013/6819, 2013/6797, 2013/6739, 2013/6716, 2013/6667).||54 documents released in full.|