The proponent of a State significant infrastructure (SSI) project is required to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project in accordance with the Planning Secretary’s environmental assessment requirements (SEARs).
The purpose of the EIS is to assess the economic, environmental and social impacts of the project and to help the community, government agencies and the approval authority make informed submissions or decisions on the merits of the project.
The preparation of the EIS will typically involve:
- engaging with the community and Government agencies
- refining the design of the project to avoid or minimise impacts
- assessing the impacts of the project in accordance with the SEARs and any relevant Government legislation, policies and guidelines
- integrating the findings of any engagement and the assessment of the impacts of the project
- evaluating the merits of the project.
The EIS must be easy to understand, rigorous and as succinct as possible.
Once complete, the proponent must lodge the EIS online.
The Department will check the EIS before putting it on public exhibition.
Click below for a summary of this process.