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Three Ports SEPP

Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle are the three largest ports in New South Wales. These ports are recognised as state significant precincts due to their importance to the NSW and Australian economies.


The State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013 is the principal environmental planning instrument that sets the land use planning and assessment framework for appropriate development at the three ports.


The NSW Government is proposing to make changes to the Three Ports SEPP to enable additional, essential, day-to-day development on land at the three ports to be undertaken through a streamlined assessment pathway. This is aimed at promoting the efficient operation of the ports.


The proposed changes also seek to protect land adjacent to the three ports for port-related activities. 

The proposed amendments to the Three Ports SEPP include:

  • additional categories of exempt and complying development that can occur at the three ports
  • additional land within the Port Kembla and Port of Newcastle lease area
  • rezone certain land near Hale Street and Wentworth Avenue, Botany
  • outline options to discourage the subdivision of industrial land at Port Botany
  • make housekeeping amendments and operational improvements

An Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) has been prepared to provide further details of the proposed amendments to the Three Ports SEPP.

Further information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Download the EIE

The public exhibition of the proposed amendments to the Three Ports SEPP is now closed and feedback is being considered

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Page last updated: 05/12/2018