Response to submissions on state significant infrastructure projects
All submissions received during the time an environmental impact statement (EIS) is on exhibition are published on the department’s major projects website.
Preparing a submissions report
The department may also ask the applicant to provide a response to feedback received in a submission report.
The purpose of the submissions report is to:
- give the applicant an opportunity to respond to issues raised
- ensure the community gets feedback on the issues raised
- help evaluate the benefit of the project.
To assist with the response the applicant may need to:
- undertake further community engagement
- carry out further assessment of the impacts of the project
- refine or amend the project
- update the evaluation of the project as a whole.
For more information on how to prepare a submissions report view the State Significant Infrastructure Guidelines
What happens next?
The applicant must lodge the completed submissions report via the planning portal. The submissions report is then published on the department’s major projects website.
Changing the application in response to submissions
The applicant can change the SSI application in response to submissions, if the Planning Secretary allows.
For more information view the State Significant Infrastructure Guidelines –Preparing an Amendment Report.
Preferred infrastructure reports
The Planning Secretary can ask the proponent to submit a preferred infrastructure report (PIR) to that outlines proposed changes to the project. This helps to minimise environmental impact and address any other issues raised during the assessment process.
For more information see the State Significant Infrastructure Guidelines- Preparing a Preferred Infrastructure Report.
If the changes to the application are requested by the applicant and the Planning Secretary has requested a PIR, amendments may be included in the PIR to avoid the need for a separate amendment report. These changes should be clearly described and identified as amendments requested by the applicant. This separates them from any changes proposed to minimise environmental impact or deal with any issues raised during the assessment of the application.