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Assessment of social impacts

Social impacts are the consequences experienced by people due to changes associated with a State significant project. This can include potential impacts such as on the availability and access to education, healthcare, open space, recreation facilities, housing availability and access, safety and security, and the physical and mental health and well-being of the public. The following policies and guidance should be considered in assessment of State significant projects.

Social Impact Assessment Guideline 2021

This guideline requires all State significant projects to have a clear and consistent approach to assessing social impacts. It provides a framework to identify, predict and evaluate likely social impacts and propose responses to them as part of the overall environmental assessment. It is also supported by a Technical Supplement which provides additional guidance for proponents and practitioners using the SIA Guideline. The SIA Guideline 2021 replaces the 2017 guideline that applied to State significant resource projects.

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Undertaking Engagement Guidelines for State Significant Projects 

This guideline requires upfront and ongoing engagement for all State significant projects. These guidelines help to ensure engagement is meaningful, tailored to the needs of relevant stakeholders, supports a fair and transparent assessment and is consistent with the Department’s community participation objectives.

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Cumulative Impact Assessment Guidelines for State Significant Projects 

This guideline provides guidance and advice to ensure cumulative impacts are effectively and consistently considered in State significant projects. This will support better assessment, well-informed and appropriate decision-making, and achieve better outcomes. 

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Social Impact Assessment for State Significant Resource Projects (2017)

This guideline has been replaced with the 2021 Social Impact Assessment Guideline. This guideline covers the social impacts of State significant resource projects including mining, petroleum production and extractive industry projects.

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SEPP 70 – Affordable Housing (Revised Schemes)

This policy identifies that there is a need for affordable housing in certain local government areas, describes the kinds of households for which affordable housing may be provided, and has a requirement for the imposition of conditions relating to the provision of such housing.

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SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009

This policy aims to provide a consistent planning regime for and facilitate the effective delivery of affordable rental housing across NSW.

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SEPP (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017

The aim of this Policy is to facilitate the effective delivery of educational establishments and child care facilities across NSW. It seeks to improve regulatory certainty and efficiency through a consistent planning regime.

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SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004

This policy aims to encourage the provision of well-designed housing that will increase the supply and diversity of residences that meet the needs of seniors or people with a disability and make efficient use of existing infrastructure and services.

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Crime Prevention and the Assessment of Development Applications

These guidelines will help councils identify crime risk and minimise opportunities for crime through the appropriate assessment of development proposals, drawing on principles from crime prevention through environmental design.

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Social Impact Assessment for State Significant Resource Projects

This guideline covers the social impacts of State significant resource projects including mining, petroleum production and extractive industry projects. The guideline outlines social impact assessment, which is the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and developing responses to the social impacts of a proposed resource project as part of the overall EIA.

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Voluntary Land Acquisition and Mitigation Policy

This policy describes the NSW Government’s policy for voluntary mitigation and land acquisition to address noise and dust impacts from State significant mining, petroleum and extractive industry developments.

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Framework for Securing a VPA Between a Mining Proponent of a Major Development and a Local Council

This guideline, prepared by The Mining and Energy Related Councils of NSW and The NSW Minerals Council, provides optional principles and processes that can be used by local councils and mining companies when negotiating planning contributions.

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