The Undertaking Engagement Guidelines for State Significant Projects set the requirements for upfront and ongoing engagement for all State significant projects. The guideline ensures engagement is meaningful, tailored to the needs of relevant stakeholders, and supports a fair and transparent assessment and is consistent with the department’s community participation objectives.
It provides guidance to proponents on:
⦁ planning their approach to engagement
⦁ undertaking engagement to inform the development of the proposal and contribute to better planning outcomes
⦁ reporting back and demonstrating how engagement has shaped the project.
View the Undertaking Engagement Guidelines for State Significant Projects.
Additional resources have been prepared to help proponents understand and meet the expectations of the Guideline.
The guide to Planning engagement for State significant projects includes an engagement matrix which will help proponents plan and deliver engagement that is proportionate and appropriate based on scale and impact of a project.
Illustrative case studies are included, highlighting effective engagement activities that are proportionate to the types and scale of the project and likely impact on the community:
- Case study - Targeted and specific engagement – Projects with low impact and low significance for the community
- Case study - Moderate and focused engagement– Projects with low to medium impact and medium significance for the community
- Case study - Extensive and broad engagement– Projects with high impact and high significance for the community.
The department’s Social Impact Assessment Guideline for State Significant Projects complements these guidelines, including specific examples and references around best practice engagement. Of particular relevance is the Practice Note - Engaging with Aboriginal Communities.