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Strengthening Social Impact Assessment


The Department of Planning and Environment is strengthening how social impacts are assessed for State significant projects.


A social impact is something that is experienced by people as a consequence of a project. It can involve a change to someone’s way of life, culture, community, environment, health and wellbeing, and personal and property rights.


The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires a project’s social impacts to be considered as part of the development assessment process.


The Department is currently consulting on draft social impact assessment guidelines for State significant resource projects, including mining, petroleum production and extractive industry development.


The draft guidelines aim to ensure that the social impacts of State significant resource projects are identified, assessed and dealt with in a transparent, consistent and robust manner. The overall aim is to minimise negative social impacts, maximise potential benefits and deliver better outcomes.


The guidelines will strengthen the quality of information and analysis available to decision-makers, and give communities a stronger voice in the assessment process.


The draft guidelines will provide for greater accountability for monitoring and managing social impacts and proposed management strategies.


Have your say


We welcome your feedback on the draft guidelines. Submissions can be made until 3 March 2017.


Social impact assessment – Draft guidelines for State Significant mining, petroleum production and extractive industry development (PDF 456KB)


Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 348KB)

Online submissions

Information sessions in regional resource communities


The Department is holding a series of information sessions in regional communities to explain the draft guidelines and what they will mean for any future State significant resource projects in those regions.


DATE Location Venue Time
Monday, 30 January 2017 Mudgee Redbank Function Centre, Mudgee Golf Club, 21 Robertson St, Mudgee 5.30 to 7.30 pm
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 Singleton Charbonnier Singleton, 44 Maitland Road, Singleton 5.30 to 7.30 pm
Monday, 6 February 2017 Gunnedah Smithurst Theatre, 144-152 Conadilly Street, Gunnedah 5.30 to 7.30 pm
Wednesday, 8 February 2017 Wollongong Thought Bubble Conference Facility (part of the UniCentre Building), University of Wollongong Main Campus, Northfields Ave, Wollongong 5.30 to 7.30 pm

If you wish to speak at one of the sessions, please arrive early to register with our facilitators. Registrations will be open from 5 pm. We welcome your feedback.

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Page last updated: 08/02/2017