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Rapid Assessment Framework

On 1 July 2021, the government introduced the Rapid Assessment Framework to ensure that State significant projects in NSW are supported by better assessment, better coordination and better engagement.

The Rapid Assessment Framework is a package of system improvements that increases the efficiency of major project assessments and speeds up assessment timeframes while also improving assessment quality, engagement standards and customer service.

Further information about how the Rapid Assessment Framework operates and the final package, including new guidelines and industry-specific Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), is available at the department's website.

As part of the reforms, the government has also introduced the Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioners (REAP) Scheme to improve the quality of environmental assessments undertaken for major projects.

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The Rapid Assessment Framework package was exhibited from 14 December 2020 until 12 February 2021.

A Summary of Submissions Report outlines feedback we received during the exhibition period.

Exhibition Package



  • On Exhibition

    The consultation is open for public comment.

  • Under Consideration

    We'll be reviewing what you told us.

  • Made and Finalised

    The final outcomes of this consultation will be documented here.

Consultation period


More information

Relevant legislation: EP&A Act
Exhibiting agency or agencies: DPIE
Exhibition location: NSW Planning Portal