Response to Submissions
After exhibition of a SSI project EIS, the Department will publish all the submissions it receives online and will ask the proponent to respond to the issues raised in the submissions.
The proponent will document this response in a Submissions Report. The purpose of the Submissions Report is to:
- give the proponent an opportunity to respond to the issues raised in submissions and to describe what action has been taken to address these issues since the public exhibition of the EIS
- help the community and government agencies to understand how the issues they raised have been addressed
- assist the approval authority to evaluate the merits of the project.
In preparing the Submissions Report, the proponent may:
- undertake further community engagement
- carry out further assessment of the impacts of the project
- update the evaluation of the merits of the project.
The proponent must lodge the Submissions Report online via the Department’s major projects website. Following receipt, the Department will publish the Submissions Report on the major projects website.
If the proponent, in response to submissions, amends the design of the SSI project to reduce or minimise impacts, an Amendment Report must be prepared. The Amendment Report must contain:
- a main report, which summarises and integrates the findings of the detailed supporting information
- appendices to the report, include a consolidated description of the amended project, updated mitigation measures and any supporting information.
The proponent must lodge the Amendment Report via the Department’s major projects website. If the Planning Secretary considers the amendments are significant, the Department may exhibit the Amendment Report and seek public submissions. The Amendment Report will be made publicly available on the Department’s major projects website.