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Strengthening Social Impact Assessment

The Department is exploring ways to strengthen the quality and consistency of social impact assessments of State significant projects.


The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires social impacts to be assessed and considered as part of the overall environmental impact assessment of all State significant projects. However, it does not provide guidance on how this social impact assessment should be conducted.


To start addressing this guidance gap, the Department has developed a social impact assessment guideline for State significant mining, petroleum production, and extractive industry developments (State significant resource projects).


In response to community and stakeholder concerns about the uncertainty and inconsistencies created by the current guidance gap for State significant resource projects (mining, petroleum production and extractive industry development), the Department has developed a social impact assessment guideline (PDF, 3.82 MB) to assist applicants.


View the guideline (PDF 3.82 MB)

More information

More information on the guideline can be found here.


The Department is now considering ways to extend the new guidance to other State significant project categories, in consultation with stakeholders. Information about next steps will be provided on this web page as it becomes available.


If you have any questions about this project, please call 1300 305 695.


Page last updated: 28/09/2020