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The department is working to ensure that State significant projects in NSW are supported by better assessment, better coordination and better engagement.

 

The Rapid Assessment Framework is a suite of proposed system improvements that increase the efficiency of major project assessments and speed up assessment timeframes while also improving assessment quality, engagement standards and customer service.

 

The Rapid Assessment Framework aims to streamline the assessment of major projects, provide clear guidance on environmental impact assessment and introduce a new Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioners (REAP) Scheme to provide quality assurance for environmental impact statements (EIS).

 

  • Refined and streamlined major project assessment
    Given the variability in scale, complexity and impact of each State significant development (SSD), the department is moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach in favour of a system that focuses resources where they are most needed.

  • Clear expectations with the introduction of new guidelines
    We have developed a comprehensive set of new environmental impact assessment guidelines to assist in improving the quality of environmental assessments and documentation provided to the department.

  • Formal quality assurance measures
    A system will be established for recognising certain accredited professional schemes for environmental assessment practitioners to enhance quality assurance.

 

For more information on the Rapid Assessment Framework, you can watch our presentation read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 158 KB)

 

Proposed Rapid Assessment Framework

The changes proposed in the Rapid Assessment Framework are a step toward the delivery of a planning system that supports the NSW Government’s long-term structural reform to unlock and unleash the state’s productive potential.

 

The department sought your feedback on the proposed changes and associated documentation in the Rapid Assessment Framework package from 14 December 2020 until 12 February 2021.

 

The proposed package consists of:

 

  1. Sample sets of draft industry-specific SEARs: intended to guide the preparation of an EIS for hospitals, warehouse and distribution centres as well as development within State significant precincts.

  2. Draft guidelines: advice for major project applicants about the new processes, how to get documents certified and how to engage with the community on major projects.

  3. Proposed regulation amendment and supporting Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) that outlines the policy changes required to implement the industry-specific SEARs and guidance documentation.

 

View the package

 

For more information, please email the project team directly.

 

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Streamlining major project assessment

Streamlining major project assessment

We are proposing a streamlined way of setting environmental assessment requirements for State Significant Development applications.

More about the proposed assessment process
Hand writing on paper with construction blueprints

Draft assessment guidelines

Draft assessment guidelines

We have developed a comprehensive set of new environmental impact assessment guidelines to assist in improving the quality of environmental assessments.

Read about the proposed guidelines
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Formal quality assurance measures

Formal quality assurance measures

A new system will be established for recognising certain accredited professional schemes for environmental assessment practitioners.

Find out how this change will enhance quality assurance for State significant projects