Roads and Maritime Strategic Assessment: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Strategic assessment

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 approved by the Federal Minister for the Environment in September 2015.

Updates and announcements

24 September 2015 – Final approval of the Roads and Maritime Strategic Assessment under the EPBC Act from the Federal Minister for the Environment

7 September 2015 – The Strategic Assessment was endorsed under the EPBC Act

June 2015 – Final Strategic Assessment documents submitted to the Federal Department of the Environment for evaluation

13 February 2015 - public exhibition of draft Program Report and draft Strategic Assessment Report ended.

18 December 2014 – public exhibition of draft Program Report and draft Strategic Assessment commences.

August 2014 - Jacobs Group, together with Eco Logical Australia, appointed to provide expert environmental planning and biodiversity advice for the strategic assessment.

Project background

Some road and traffic projects carried out by Roads and Maritime previously required environmental assessment under both Part 5 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and the Federal EPBC Act. These are projects that are not classified to be of state significance under the EP&A Act.

The strategic assessment provides a mechanism to improve efficiencies in this process and avoid duplication. It ensures robust processes are in place during the planning and assessment of these activities to protect and avoid unacceptable impacts on nationally listed threatened species and ecological communities, and listed migratory species.

The strategic assessment supports other existing NSW and Commonwealth government initiatives to deliver streamlined and more efficient environmental assessments and approvals for state significant infrastructure projects.

Project objectives

The final strategic assessment, approved by the Federal Minister for the Environment, ensures that Roads and Maritime activities currently assessed under Part 5 of the EP&A Act will no longer require an additional Commonwealth approval. This will:

  • improve efficiencies in decision-making by avoiding duplication
  • ensure standards in environmental assessment and protection will continue to be maintained.

Community engagement

The strategic assessment was on public exhibition from 18 December 2014 until 13 February 2015. Comments received during the public exhibition period were considered prior to finalising the Strategic Assessment and provision of the final assessment to the Federal Department of the Environment for evaluation.

General information regarding strategic assessments under the EPBC Act is available on the Department of the Environment website.

Project documents

Final Program Report

May 2015

Strategic Assessment Report

May 2015

Final Supplementary Report

May 2015

Appendix A - Terms of Reference

May 2015

Appendix B - EIS practice note - ESD

May 2015

Appendix C - Roads and Maritime activities

May 2015

Appendix D - Specified protected matters

May 2015

Appendix E - Species prioritisation and grouping methodology

May 2015

Appendix F 1- Speciffied Protected Matters impact profiles (including risk assessment)

May 2015

Appendix F2 - Specified Protected Matters impact profiles (including risk assessment)

May 2015

Appendix G - Summary of typical management measures

May 2015

Signed agreement

September 2014

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