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).
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:
For more information, please email the project team directly.
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
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
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