Environmental planning and assessment

Roads and Maritime Services has a statutory responsibility under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to consider the impacts of its activities on the environment.

Updates and announcements

A strategic assessment has been prepared to examine how Roads and Maritime's commitments and related procedures for environmental impact assessment and decision-making address nationally listed threatened species, ecological communities and listed migratory species.

Following public exhibition of the strategic assessment, Roads and Maritime submitted the final assessment to the Federal Department of the Environment in June 2015, for its evaluation against requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The strategic assessment was endorsed and approved by the Federal Minister for the Environment in September 2015. More information about the strategic assessment.

Roads and Maritime implements a suite of environmental impact assessment procedures tailored to help fulfil this responsibility when delivering maritime and road infrastructure projects.

The majority of Roads and Maritime’s projects are assessed under part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. This assessment is often documented in a review of environmental factors (REF). Projects that qualify as State significant infrastructure are assessed under part 5.1 of the Act. This assessment is documented in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

To view the environmental impact assessments for specific projects please visit the Projects section.

To view Roads and Maritime's environmental assessment procedures for project REFs, please see the Project REF Guidelines.

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