Temporary emissions licence

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A temporary emissions licence (TEL) is a permit that temporarily allows the release of a contaminant into the environment in response to an event, either natural or caused by sabotage, that was not foreseen (or did not have conditions applied because there was a low probability of it occurring) when particular conditions were imposed on an environmental authority or transitional environmental program (an applicable event).

A TEL is a flexible tool that can be used to appropriately manage the environmental impacts of contaminant releases to the environment as a result of applicable events. Such an event could be considered to be a flood or bushfire that was not reasonably foreseen at the time of the original application.

Learn more from the Temporary emissions licence guideline (ESR/2015/1724) (PDF, 172KB).

When you lodge your Application for a temporary emissions licence, with the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI), you will need to pay the application fee of $2,929.00.


  • During business hours:
    • if you have contact details of your local DESI office, contact that office
    • or
    • phone 1300 130 372 and select option 4. The Permits and Licensing team will transfer your call to the relevant DESI office.
  • Outside business hours phone 1300 130 372 and select option 2.

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