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Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle are three of the state's largest ports. The ports are recognised as state significant precincts due to their importance to the NSW economy.

On 7 March 2014, the NSW Government finalised an amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Port Botany and Port Kembla) 2013, to apply the same planning controls to the Port of Newcastle that already apply at Port Botany and Port Kembla.
As a consequence of the amendment, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Port Botany and Port Kembla) 2013 was renamed to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2014 (‘Three Ports SEPP’).

The Three Ports SEPP

  • ensures consistent planning controls across the ports
  • protects the ports from incompatible land-use
  • stipulates zones for the land and surrounding waterways to accommodate port activities.

Some changes relating to statements on contamination commenced on 7 March 2014. Whilst the Three Ports SEPP commenced on 31 May 2014. 

The SEPP amendment was exhibited by the Department of Planning and Environment in November and December 2013. The final policy reflects the feedback from councils and other stakeholders which resulted in some minor changes, including additional prohibited uses and the addition of conveyor systems as complying development. 

All complying development at the ports relating to bulk liquid storage tanks requires a hazard analysis, fire safety study, and hazard and operability study.


Hazard studies must be completed by a qualified person approved by the Secretary for the Department of Planning and Environment.


Certification has now expired for those specialists previously approved by the Secretary to conduct hazard studies.

Call for nominations

Are you an expert in hazard studies?

The Department of Planning and Environment is inviting nominations from suitably qualified persons with expertise in conducting a range of hazard studies under the complying development provisions of the Three Ports SEPP. 

Those approved will be placed on a list of experts to complete hazard analysis, hazard audits, fire safety studies and/or hazard and operability studies on behalf of applicants. 

To apply to be on the list, you will need a degree in science or engineering (or equivalent) and at least five year's recent and relevant experience performing and critically reviewing the relevant studies. 

Please apply by 5pm on 21 June 2017. 

The Department will review all applications and will advise all applicants on whether they have been successful.

 A list of all approved persons will be forwarded to the port operator and relevant councils, and will be placed on the Department's website. 

 To apply, you must complete the nomination form. To access and download the form, click the button below.

 Applicants are required to submit the nomination form and a Curriculum Vitae to:

Download the nomination form

The Minister for Planning, under section 94E of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, may issue general or particular directions to local councils in relation to the development contributions they can impose.


To access the Section 94E directions for Port Botany and Port Kembla, click here

To access the Section 94E direction for Port of Newcastle, click here.

Page last updated: 30/05/2017