Roads and Maritime Strategic Assessment: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strategic assessment - May 2015