NSW Department of Planning and Environment

The proponent, Roads and Maritime Services, has requested the Minister for Planning declare the project critical State significant infrastructure (SSI).


The assessment process for SSI is:

  • An SSI application is received by the Department.
  • The Department prepares Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) which outline what must be addressed in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • The proponent prepares an EIS to address the 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 proponent to address any concerns or issues raised by the community, councils and government agencies.
  • The proponent 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.


Find more detailed information around the planning process for State significant infrastructure.

Page last updated: 28/06/2018