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Submissions on the draft guidelines closed 1 September 2017

The draft guidelines as part of the EIA Guidance Series below were exhibited for comment until 1 September 2017. 

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Community information sessions were held on the dates below:

Date Location and Address Time
Wednesday 19 July


Parkroyal Hotel, 30 Phillip Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150

S1: 12:00pm - 2.30pm

Monday 24 July


Ballina SLSC, Lighthouse Parade, East Ballina NSW 2478

S1:  12:00pm - 2.30pm

S2:  4:30pm – 7:00pm 

Tuesday 25 July


Rydges World Square, 389 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

S1:  12:00pm - 2.30pm
S2:  4:30pm – 7:00pm 
Monday 31 July


Best Western Central, 11 Antill Street, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620

S1:  12:00pm - 2.30pm

S2:  4:30pm – 7:00pm

Wednesday 2 August


Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music,

First Floor, 80 Bridge Street,

Muswellbrook NSW 2333
** Please email EIAproject@planning.nsw.gov.au if you are interested in attending our evening Muswellbrook information session.

S1:  12:00pm - 2.30pm
S2:  4:30pm – 7:00pm  
Thursday 3 August


McIntyre Theatre, Newcastle Museum, 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle, 2300

S1:  12:00pm - 2.30pm

S2:  4:30pm – 7:00pm

Tuesday 8 August


Wollongong Golf Club, 151-161 Corrimal St, Wollongong NSW 2500

S1:  12:00pm - 2.30pm
Thursday 10 August


Rydges World Square, 389 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

S1:  12:00pm - 2.30pm
Friday 11 August


Rydges World Square, 389 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

S1: 7:30am - 9:00am
S2: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Thursday 17 August


Quality Inn Dubbo International, 165 Whylandra Street, Dubbo, NSW, 2830

S1: 11:00am - 1:30pm

The Draft EIA Guidance Series

The following documents were on public exhibition until 1 September 2017.

Submissions closed on 1 September 2017

Document Name Description
Guideline 1

Overview of the EIA Improvement Project

This document outlines the proposed improvements. It will help you locate further details of the improvements outlined in each of the guidelines.

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Guideline 2

Community Guide to EIA

This guideline outlines the opportunities to participate at each phase of EIA, what information the community can expect to receive and how the community’s knowledge and opinions will be used by the proponent and the Department.

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Guideline 3

Scoping an Environmental Impact Statement

This guideline will help proponents identify the key issues for assessment in the EIS by providing guidance on how to scope a project and setting out the requirements for engagement with the community and other stakeholders in the early phases of EIA.

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Guideline 4

Preparing an Environmental Impact Statement

This guideline will help proponents prepare a clear and consistent EIS with all the required information. It will also enhance understanding by the community and other stakeholders.

View the guideline.

Guideline 5

Responding to External Submissions 
This guideline provides direction to proponents on how to address comments and issues and communicate to the community and other stakeholders who have made a submission in response to a proposed project during the exhibition of the EIS.

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Guideline 6

Community and Stakeholder Engagement

This guideline encourages proponents to engage earlier with the community and other stakeholders by introducing a set of engagement requirements applicable to all projects. It will also help proponents to improve the quality of engagement by directing them to focus on meeting participation outcomes during the preparation of the EIS.

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Guideline 7

Approach to Setting Conditions

This guideline outlines the Department’s approach to setting conditions of approval. It will promote understanding of the role of conditions of approval in decisions about the project and the management of environmental impacts during construction and operation.

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Guideline 8

Modifying an Approved Project

This guideline will help proponents to understand if changes are permitted using the same development consent, if the consent needs to be modified or if a new application is required. It will also help them to understand whether community and other stakeholder engagement is required.

View the guideline.

Guideline 9

Peer Review
This guideline sets out a methodology for independent peer review including criteria to determine the suitability of a peer reviewer, review practice, review reporting and post approval requirements. It will provide for greater consistency in peer review.

View the guideline

For further information, please call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695 or email EIAproject@planning.nsw.gov.au.

Page last updated: 08/12/2017