Instructions on how to prepare an Environmental Scoping Document

The purpose of these instructions is to assist proponents to prepare an Environmental Scoping Document, which is required where the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has decided that the proponent must undertake an environmental review under section 40(2)(b) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

The EPA requires that proponents use the Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) template included with these instructions for all proponent-prepared ESDs.

Key changes from the previous version incorporates amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986. This includes the requirement to publish the indicative timing of the environmental review, removal of duplication with ERD requirements and incorporates the ability of the EPA to take into account other statutory decision-making processes that can mitigate impacts on the environment.

29 October 2021