The Department of Planning and Environment plays a key role in contributing to appropriate and safe economic development and community protection. This is achieved through the application of strategic land use safety planning, risk assessment and safety management principles to avoid and minimise the risks of fire, explosion or toxic releases from potentially hazardous industrial developments.
The department's main functions in relation to safer industrial facilities are:
Since the 1980s, the department has adopted an integrated assessment process for safety assurance of development proposals that are potentially hazardous. State Environmental Planning Policy No 33 – Hazardous and Offensive Development (SEPP 33), which was gazetted in 1992, requires developers and consent authorities to specifically assess the hazards and risks associated with a proposed development before approval is given for construction and operation. An integrated hazards-related assessment process is followed, which includes:
The requirements are summarised in the following diagram.
A number of Hazardous Industry Advisory Papers (HIPAPs) and other guidelines such as Applying SEPP 33 and Multi-level Risk Assessment have been issued by Planning & Infrastructure to assist stakeholders in implementing an integrated assessment process. In 2011, these were substantially revised and new guidelines were added. View Planning guidelines for hazardous development.
Botany Industrial Park (BIP) is a 73 hectare industrial complex located at Banksmeadow, in south-east Sydney. Major industrial uses have been happening at the site since the 1940s. Three chemical companies currently operate within the site – Orica, Qenos and Huntsman.
Page last updated: 14/02/2017