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The Priority Assessment Program accelerates projects that are either early in the assessment process or that may have been ‘stuck’ in the planning system for some time. Projects identified for the program are case managed through to determination under a ’Service Charter’ between the department and the proponent. 


The goal is to speed up the process by providing ways to resolve issues. These issues may include oversight, scheduling and risks.


The case management approach reflects the complexity of the project and the issues to be resolved prior to an assessment decision. Inclusion in this Program doesn’t predetermine the assessment outcome and all projects are assessed in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. 


Projects for case management may include: 

  • State significant development / State significant infrastructure; 
  • Key planning proposals (State or Council led) or key precincts; 
  • An integrated planning proposal and State significant development projects. 


SSD and SSI projects under case management

State significant development (SSD) and infrastructure (SSI) under case management in the Priority Assessment Program are estimated to contribute $8.49 billion economic value and 14,369 jobs (8,166 construction and 6,203 operational), across 18 projects. 


Project Description
ProjectSydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport DescriptionA new metro line to service Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and interchanging with the T1 Western Line at St Marys. 
ProjectM12 Motorway DescriptionA new dual-carriageway motorway to connect the M7 Motorway with the Western Sydney Airport and The Northern Road. The motorway will be initially two lanes in each direction, with capacity for an additional future lane in each direction.  
ProjectInland Rail - North Star to NSW/Queensland Border DescriptionThe construction and operation of 30 kilometres of rail track and associated facilities between North Star and the NSW/Queensland border. 
ProjectInland Rail – Narromine to Narrabri DescriptionThis section of the Inland Rail project consists of approximately 300 km of new single track rail line, through private and public property in a “greenfield” environment between Narromine and Narrabri. 
ProjectInland Rail – Narrabri to North Star Phase 2 DescriptionUpgrade of approximately 15 km of the existing rail line track and track formation within the Narrabri to North Star corridor running from Moree north to beyond the Camurra Bypass, including the Mehi-Gwydir river crossings.
ProjectInland Rail – Illabo to Stockinbingal DescriptionConstruction and operation of around 37km of single track railway from Illabo to Stockinbingal, including one crossing loop, to accommodate double stacked freight trains.
ProjectEmergency Town Water (Dungowan Dam) DescriptionDevelopment of a new dam at Dungowan and augmented delivery pipeline from the proposed dam to the junction with the pipeline from Chaffey Dam to the Calala Water Treatment Plant in the Peel Valley region of NSW.
ProjectProject Energy Connect (NSW – Western Section) DescriptionDevelopment of a new 330 kV transmission line connecting the NSW and SA transmission networks (via Buronga substation) and upgrading the existing transmission line between Buronga substation and the NSW / Vic border.
ProjectProject Energy Connect (NSW – Eastern Section)  DescriptionDevelopment of a new transmission line (330 kV minimum) connecting Buronga Substation and Wagga Wagga Substation, and construction of the new Dinawan Substation (170 km west of Wagga Wagga). 
ProjectSnowy 2.0 – Transmission Connection DescriptionNew transmission connection between the proposed Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro and generation project to the existing high voltage transmission network.
ProjectAtlassian – office and hotel development DescriptionPartial demolition and adaptive reuse of the Former Inwards Parcels Shed at Central Station, Sydney.   Construction of a RL200.2 m (approx. 39 storeys) mixed use tower with a total GFA of 70,256 m2 Office, hotel, retail and food and drink uses.
ProjectMount Pleasant Optimisation Project DescriptionExtension of the life of the open cut operation by mining deeper coal seams, using existing and proposed new infrastructure.
ProjectStubbo Solar Farm  DescriptionDevelopment of a 400 MW solar farm with energy storage and associated infrastructure. 
ProjectCarlingford West Public School DescriptionRemoval of existing demountable buildings and replacement with permanent buildings for classrooms. Construction and refurbishment of permanent learning spaces, new library, reconfigured open space, access and play areas. Also includes construction of additional parking spaces on site, new driveway and turning circle to Felton Road west. 
ProjectEdmondson Park Public School DescriptionConstruction of a new primary designed to accommodate 1,000 students. The project will also provide facilities for 40 pre-school placements.
ProjectGoogong Public School DescriptionConstruction of a new primary school in the new town of Googong that would have the capacity for 700 students and 60 staff following completion.  
ProjectMurrumbatemann Public School DescriptionConstruction of a new primary school facility to accommodate 550-720 students. The proposal is to be built in two stages to meet the anticipated gradual increase in student numbers.
ProjectNorth Sydney Public School DescriptionUpgrades to increase the capacity of the school from 869 to 1,000 students, including the demolition of Blocks B, C, H and five demountable classrooms, the construction of two new buildings and the refurbishment of Blocks A, D, F and G. 


More information

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Page last updated: 10/06/2021