Infrastructure that is State Significant is identified in the State and Regional Development SEPP.
State significant infrastructure (SSI) includes major transport and services development that have a wider significance and impact than on just the local area.
The Government has identified certain types of development that are SSI for examples:
A development proposal for any of the identified development types is SSI if it:
would exceed a specific capital investment.
The full list of SSI development types can be viewed in Schedules 3 and 4 of the State and Regional Development SEPP.
To find out more about SSI, view the Department’s SSI Fact Sheet.
The Minister for Planning can deem that a State significant infrastructure project is essential for the State for economic, environmental or social reasons. These applications are known as critical State significant infrastructure. Critical State significant infrastructure proposals are determined by the Minister.
The Department has prepared standard Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for critical State significant infrastructure projects in consultation with other government agencies.
The objectives of the Standard SEARs are to:
- cause the greatest impact;
- affect the most sensitive aspects of the environment; and
- are of greatest interest or concern to the community.
All SSI applications are listed on the Department’s major projects website. The application and all supporting information are available to view online. The website's tracking system identifies what stage a project is up to in the assessment process.
The Department’s assessment report and the application determination (including conditions of consent or reasons for refusal) are also made available to view on the major projects website.
The Minister for Planning is the consent authority for SSI applications. SSI applications are assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment. In some cases, the Minister may delegate the decision making function to Department staff.
All SSI applications are publically exhibited for a minimum 30 days (longer if the exhibition overlaps with school holidays).
During the public exhibition period for SSI applications, the Department will:
You can make an online submission about an SSI application during the public exhibition period via the relevant application page on the Department’s major projects website.
You can also send any written submission to the Department by post or email.
View State significant applications currently on public exhibition here.
SSI applications are assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment. The Department considers the following when assessing SSI applications:
The Department’s assessment and recommendation are set out in the Department's Environmental Assessment Report. The recommendation (including either conditions of consent or reasons for refusal) is referred to the Minister, or his delegate for determination.
More information about the assessment processes for SSIs is included in the Department’s Planning Circular.
An applicant can apply to the Minister for Planning to modify an SSI approval. Requests must be lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment for assessment. The modification request will be appropriately notified / exhibited depending on the scale of the proposed modification and the potential for environmental or social impacts.
The department has prepared sets of standard and model conditions to help infrastructure providers understand the types of conditions likely to be applied to State significant projects if they are approved.
By providing these sets, the department aims to:
In developing the conditions, the department has considered feedback from industry, councils and other government agencies.
The conditions are based on sample determinations and cover the following sectors:
Page last updated: 15/03/2017