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The project has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI). SSI are developments that have a wider significance and impact than on just the local area due to their size, economic value or potential impacts.


State Significant Infrastructure assessment process:

The proponent (Sydney Metro) lodges an application and supporting documentation to the Department.

  • The Department prepares the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), in consultation with councils and other government agencies. The SEARs outlines key issues the applicant must address in the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • The proponent prepares and lodges the EIS.
  • The Department publicly exhibits the EIS and consults with local councils, government agencies, other key stakeholders and the community.
  • After exhibition, the Department publishes all public submissions and asks the applicant to address any concerns or issues raised by the community, council and government agencies.
  • The proponent may be required to address feedback in a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR), which the Department makes publicly available.
  • If required, the Department will place the SPIR on public exhibition for further comment.
  • The Department assesses the merits of the project, including consideration of the Preferred Infrastructure Report, all submissions and community feedback.
  • The Department then makes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning for determination.

Page last updated: 27/05/2019