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The Parramatta Light Rail project was declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure by the Minister for Planning and Environment. 


The assessment process for State significant infrastructure (SSI) is:

  • An SSI application is received by the Department.
  • The Department prepares Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) which outline matters for consideration in an environmental impact statement (EIS).
  • The applicant prepares an EIS to consider the matters raised in SEARs.
  • The Department publicly exhibits the EIS and consults with local councils, government agencies, other key stakeholders and the community.
  • The Department publishes submissions on its website and asks the applicant to address any concerns or issues raised by the community, councils and government agencies.
  • The applicant prepares a formal Response to Submissions Report (RtS), which the Department publishes on its website.
  • The Department assesses the merits of the project, including the EIS, all submissions and community feedback, and the RtS.
  • The Department prepares a Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Report which describes the Department’s assessment of the application and includes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning about whether the project be approved or rejected.

Page last updated: 28/06/2018