Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Advice to Business and Industry - Queensland


Why the Support is Provided?

This service is provided to encourage businesses in Queensland to understand the reasoning behind, and operate in accordance with the Queensland Governments policies and procedures for development assessment and environmental planning. The focus is on achieving protection of the environment in Queensland and practice environmental management and compliance in accordance with ecologically sustainable development principles.

What Support is Provided?

The Department of Environment and Science provides technical assistance in relation to environmental planning and impact assessment matters in Queensland through its free pre-design conferencing service. Business is encouraged to formally apply to the Department for a pre-design conference at which Departmental officers will contribute to the screening, scoping, assessing and reviewing of proposals, offer technical and procedural advice and explain the decisions required under various statutes.

Where proposals require no formal impact assessment, technical advice may still be provided.

Where development and approval applications require consideration by the Queensland Government, the Department will often be a concurrence agency but may be the assessment manager pursuant to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, subject to certain conditions. The State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 enables the Coordinator-General to designate, significant projects and to require such projects to be subject to an environmental impact statement. Assessment through an environmental impact statement process may alternatively be required under the Sustainable Planning Act, administered by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.

The Environmental Protection Act 1994 deals with the environmental approvals for the management of environmentally relevant activities (as defined in the Act) mining, gas and petroleum projects, including procedures for applications and their assessment. The Department is responsible for coordinating the assessment process including any requirements for an environmental impact statement under this Act.

The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) (Cwealth) may trigger Commonwealth decisions. The EPBC Act provides for environmental assessment and approval of actions that are likely to have significant impact on matters of national environmental significance as well as actions involving Commonwealth land, and actions undertaken by Commonwealth agencies. EPBC Act Policy Statements assist people to determine whether an action they are proposing to undertake should be referred to the Commonwealth Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities for a decision on whether environmental assessment and approval is required under the EPBC Act. A bilateral agreement is in place between the Commonwealth and the Queensland government to streamline the assessment process.

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

Specific eligibility criteria apply and should be accessed via local planning schemes and relevant statutes.


Various application and annual licence fees apply. A fee is now required for mining, gas and petroleum applications being assessed through an environmental impact statement process.

Publications Details process

Publications Available:

Guidelines are available from the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs to assist applicants for development approvals. The Department of Environment and Science has released advice of its State interests for planning schemes and has developed standard operating procedures for the assessment of project applications, including for mining, gas and petroleum applications.

Additional information

Terms under each of the above Acts also may be relevant to the particular circumstances. Contact with the relevant local government in the first instance and before submitting detailed development approval applications is recommended.

Most development applications are submitted to the relevant local government, which will coordinate the involvement of relevant State interests. Pursuant to the Sustainable Planning Act and particular planning scheme, the level of assessment (nil, self, code or impact) will be specified. When an impact assessment is required, an information request will be issued by the local government after consultation with referral bodies. The Department of Environment and Science is one of a number of referral bodies. Under certain circumstances, the Department may act as an assessment manager.

With mining, gas and petroleum applications the initial contact should be with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Declared significant projects will be assessed as to the environmental consequences and impacts under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Environmental Services and Regulation

Contact details

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Environmental Services and Regulation

Department of Environment and Science

Mailing address: GPO Box 2454
Phone: 1300 130 372
Fax: 07 3896 3342
Website: Department of Environment and Science (Opens in new window)