In addition to the seven-day public comment period for new referrals, the public is invited to make formal comments on proposals at the Public Environmental Review stage of a PER assessment.
Public input is also sought occasionally into draft policies and guidance.
Tips for writing submissions
- Informed comments are most useful, so find out as much as you can by attending open days, reading documents relating to the proposal or policy, talking to neighbours or interest groups, etc.
- Your submission does not need to be long or complex. Your opinions, your reasons for them and your suggestions are the most important parts. If you are not sure, ask the EPA for advice.
- State clearly your view and reasons for it.
- Say how your concerns might be addressed and your reasons for it.
- Provide references to any factual data such as scientific reports.
- Use photographs, maps or sketches if possible.
- Group your points under the relevant section or chapter of the proponent’s review or draft policy.
- The EPA prefers written submissions, but you may also put your thoughts on tape.
- You can make your submission in a language other than English. The EPA will arrange for a translation.
Send it to us
Your submission must reach the EPA by the advertised closing date. The EPA prefers submissions to be made electronically on its consultation hub at http://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au
Remember to include your name and address as well as any factual information, maps, etc you wish to provide. Give details of the source of any published information you quote.
Tell the EPA if you are prepared to have all or part of your submission quoted or if you are prepared to be identified. Your submission will normally be publicly available, but if you prefer to have it kept confidential, you should include reasons why it should be held in confidence. The EPA will respect such confidence, but you should note that this cannot be guaranteed under the Freedom of Information Act.
Submissions may also be:
Posted to: The Environmental Protection Authority
Locked Bag 10, East Perth 6892
Delivered to: The Environmental Protection Authority
Level 8, The Atrium, 168 St George’s Tce, Perth 6000
What happens to submissions?
The EPA will notify you that your submission has been received. If you have made your submission online on our consultation hub and included your email address, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a copy of your submission and a unique ID for any future reference.
In the case of a submission on a draft policy or guideline, it will be processed by the officer who is developing the document. The issues raised in all submissions will be summarised and the EPA may modify its policy or guideline based on those submissions.
In the case of a submission on a development proposal, it will be processed by the assessment officer who is preparing the EPA’s report. The concerns raised in all submissions will be summarised and sent to the proponent. The proponent will be required to prepare a written response to the issues raised in the summary of the submissions to the satisfaction of the EPA. The proponent may also modify the proposal to address the concerns.
After the public submission period, the EPA will prepare an assessment report on the proposal that will recommend to the Minister for Environment if the proposal should go ahead and any conditions that should be applied to protect the environment.
Summaries of the issues raised in submissions will be included in the EPA’s report. These summaries will allow you to see how your concerns were taken into account. A list of people or groups making submissions will also appear in the report.
If you feel the proponent has not properly addressed the concerns you raised in your submissions, you may lodge an appeal with the WA Appeals Convenor, who investigates and provides advice to the Minister for Environment in respect to appeals made under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. For information on the different types of appeal or to lodge an appeal, please visit the Office of the Appeals Convenor website at www.appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au.