Under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979, development that is important to the State for economic, environmental or social reasons can be classified a State significant development (SSD) or State significant infrastructure (SSI). This development requires the approval of the Minister for Planning or Independent Planning Commission before it may proceed.
The Department co-ordinates a whole-of-government assessment of the impacts of the projects against the triple bottom line in accordance with Government legislation, policies and guidelines. Community participation is an essential part of the assessment process, and community views are carefully considered in all decision-making.
State Significant Development
Find out more about what development is SSD and how SSD project are assessed.read more
State Significant Infrastructure
Find out more about what development is SSI and how SSI projects are assessed.read more
Policy and Guidelines
Find out more about the policies and guidelines for evaluating the merits of projects.read more
Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner Scheme
The REAP Scheme provides environmental assessment quality assurance for State significant projects.read more
Please contact the department’s assessment team for details of agencies not listed.read more