The new Social Impact Assessment Guideline requires all State significant projects to have a clear and consistent approach to assessing social impacts. This new Guideline builds on the previous Guideline that applied to State significant resource projects.
From October 2021, all new State significant projects need to prepare a social impact assessment (SIA). This will help to better understand and manage the impacts of State significant projects on people. The SIA guideline provides a framework to identify, predict and evaluate likely social impacts and propose responses to them.
The 2021 SIA Guideline aims to:
The transitional arrangements information about the application of the 2021 SIA Guideline is available at the Planning Portal.
Watch the Social Impact Assessment Guideline 2021 presentation.
Engaging with Aboriginal communities is a specialised area which needs a culturally sensitive approach. This Practice Note (PDF, 1.8 MB) provides guidance on understanding of the value of this engagement and the principles and protocols to consider when planning for and engaging with Aboriginal communities for social impact assessment.
The SIA Guideline and Technical Supplement have been updated in consideration of feedback received during the public exhibition period, and in response to the regulatory and policy changes of the Rapid Assessment Framework.
The Rapid Assessment Framework (RAF) for State significant projects introduced new streamlined processes for the assessment of major projects and came into effect at the same time as the SIA Guideline (1 October 2021). The RAF includes a number of guidance documents including, State Significant Development Guidelines, State Significant Infrastructure Guidelines, Undertaking Engagement Guidelines and Cumulative Impact Assessment Guidelines which can be accessed at the Rapid Assessment Framework page.
Individual submissions received during public exhibition between 30 October and 27 November 2020, and a summary submissions report are available, via our Planning Portal, along with all exhibited draft documents.
For more information about SIA, you can:
Page last updated: 02/03/2022