Environmental impact statement (EIS) for SSI
Applicants are required to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for all SSI applications. The secretary’s environmental assessment requirements (SEARs) for the project, identifies what information needs to be include in the EIS.
Why is an EIS required?
The EIS provides information on the assessment of economic, environmental and social impacts of the project. It helps the community, government agencies and the approval authority make informed submissions or decisions on the project.
Preparing the EIS
When preparing the EIS applicants are required to:
- engage with the community and government agencies (consistent with the Undertaking Engagement Guidelines for State Significant projects)
- assesses the impacts of the project to address the SEARs and any relevant government legislation, plans, policies and guidelines
- refine the design of the project to avoid, minimise or offset impacts
- evaluate the project as a whole, with consideration of economic, environmental and social impacts and ecologically sustainable development.
The EIS must be easy to understand, rigorous and as succinct as possible
For more information on preparing an EIS view the State Significant Infrastructure Guidelines.
What happens after the EIS has been completed?
The completed EIS needs to be submitted via the department’s planning portal.
The department will notify the proponent of the relevant application fee and check the EIS. The EIS will then be put on exhibition and the community will be invited to have their say.
From 1 July 2022, the new Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioners (REAP) scheme will take effect. A REAP will need to determine if the EIS meets certain standards in relation to compliance, completeness, accuracy and legibility.