If you’re planning a major project development in Australia, you’ll need to get a range of regulatory approvals. You may need to get approvals from different levels of government – local, state, territory or Commonwealth (Australian).

The Major Projects Facilitation Agency (MPFA) can help you navigate the Commonwealth Government approvals process for projects over $20 million. It provides a single entry point to get information and help with Commonwealth Government approvals.

The MPFA helps developers by:

  • providing information on Commonwealth Government regulations and approvals
  • mapping critical approval pathways and processes for projects above $20 million
  • helping you to communicate with regulators
  • monitoring approval milestones for projects, and addressing any issues with the process

You can ask them to treat your information in-confidence.

Support for projects over $50 million – Major Project Status

If you are developing a major project with a capital investment over $50 million, it may also be eligible for Major Project Status, in addition to general MPFA services. This is the Commonwealth Government’s recognition of the national significance of a project – for economic growth, employment or for regional Australia.

With Major Project Status, your project gets extra support from the MPFA. This includes working closely with state and territory governments to coordinate approvals.

The MPFA helps developers apply for Major Project Status, if the project is eligible.

Learn more about Major Project Status.

Check major project approval requirements

Use our online tool to work out which Commonwealth Government approvals and processes may apply to your project, even if it’s not eligible for MPFA support.

We also have a series of fact sheets to help you understand approvals and other obligations. These summarise Commonwealth Government regulations that commonly apply to major projects.

Who we work with

The MPFA works closely with Commonwealth regulators and state and territory governments to make sure we identify regulatory approval requirements. Visit their websites for more information and links to other services.

Find more details on the Commonwealth regulators that we work with.

  • Cost: Free
  • Delivery type: In person services, Phone services, Home and workplace visits
  • Service area: Australia-wide