Environmental Impact Assessment (Part IV Divisions 1 and 2) Procedures Manual

The EPA’s Environmental Impact Assessment (Part IV Divisions 1 and 2) Procedures Manual provides guidance, primarily for proponents and consultants, on the environmental impact assessment process for proposals.

The Procedures Manual supports the Administrative Procedures and contains more detailed information on each step of the EIA process, including processes after an implementation statement is published by the Minister. It also contains links to relevant instructions and forms used through the EIA process.

In the current version (4.0), amendments have been made throughout the document to reflect the Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020.

In addition to legislative amendments, other key changes from the previous version include a consistent application of key principles throughout the EIA process, focus on environmental outcomes and outcomes based conditions, consideration of significance, holistic impact and cumulative effect assessment, consideration of other decision-making processes, consultation process requirements and additional transparency measures.

Supporting Material

The Interim Guidance - Taking decision-making processes into account provides guidance to decision-making authorities, proponents and the public on matters the EPA may consider when taking into account other statutory decision-making processes.

The Interim Guidance - Outcomes and Outcomes-based conditions assists proponents to identify applicable environmental outcomes and outlines the EPA’s preference and process for setting outcome-based conditions.

Revised Date: 
June 29, 2023
Guidelines and procedures: 
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