The NSW Department of Planning and Environment commissioned Lisa Corbyn – former head of the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water – to conduct an independent review of the department’s assessment reports for state significant projects.
Ms Corbyn consulted with a broad range of stakeholders including community groups, industry groups, professional associations, the former Planning Assessment Commission, the NSW Land & Environment Court, the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy, and a number of NSW government agencies and local councils.
Stakeholders were asked to provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the department’s assessment reports, and offer suggestions for improvement.
Ms Corbyn made 15 recommendations to strengthen and improve the department’s assessment reports.
The department accepted all 15 recommendations and implementation of reforms and actions to address them is well underway.