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A proponent of a project with one or more of the following characteristics may apply to have it declared a 'coordinated project' under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act):

The Coordinator-General chooses the weight attributed to each of the above factors. The Coordinator-General is not bound to declare a project a coordinated project merely because it satisfies one or more of these characteristics.

In making the declaration decision, the Coordinator-General must have regard to:

Two types of declaration

There are two types of coordinated project declaration:

The Coordinator-General may also independently declare a coordinated project if justified. Coordinated project declarations are published in the Queensland Government Gazette.

Changes to impact assessment legislation during 2014

The SDPWO Act was amended by the State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014. This fact sheet provides a summary of changes (PDF icon 107 KB) that commenced 1 October 2014.

Current and completed EIS projects

Purpose of declaration

A coordinated project declaration does not imply government approval of, support for or commitment to the project in question.

Rather, it means the project requires a rigorous impact assessment involving whole-of-government coordination, either by a comprehensive EIS or a targeted IAR.

The declaration does not exempt the project proponent from the need to:

Refusal of application

If the Coordinator-General refuses to declare a coordinated project, he must inform the applicant in writing, including a statement of reasons for the refusal.

Lapsing of EIS and IAR

From 1 October 2014, a draft EIS must be accepted by the Coordinator-General as the final EIS within 18 months of the terms of reference for the EIS being finalised; and a draft IAR as the final IAR within 18 months of the declaration being made - unless an extension is granted by the Coordinator-General. Otherwise, the coordinated project declaration lapses.

Other environmental assessment laws

The SDPWO Act is one of a number of pieces of legislation in Queensland under which the environmental impacts of development projects can be assessed. Examples of other legislation are the:

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