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At the completion of the impact assessment process for a coordinated project, the Coordinator-General is required to write a report evaluating the environmental impact statement (EIS) or impact assessment report (IAR).

The report includes the Coordinator-General's evaluation of, and conclusions regarding, the project's environmental impacts and proposed mitigation measures.

In writing the report, the Coordinator-General takes into account the final EIS or the final IAR, which incorporate relevant information from:

Approval/refusal of project

After considering all relevant information, the Coordinator-General recommends the project either:

The report is not an approval in itself. The conditions of approval stated in the report only gain legal effect when they are attached to a statutory approval given under other specific legislation.

The Coordinator-General's conditions of approval do not relieve the coordinated project proponent of its obligation to obtain all other necessary approvals.

Conditions of approval

The Coordinator-General's report on the EIS or IAR may state conditions that must be attached to a:

The report on the EIS or IAR may also recommend conditions and requirements relating to:

The Coordinator-General may also impose conditions on a project in the absence of a relevant statutory approval.

In July 2014, the Coordinator-General released Standardised outcome-focused conditions for resource projects (PDF icon 325 KB), a baseline set of conditions that the Coordinator-General may state or impose for large-scale resource developments. The document is intended to be general in nature and each project is assessed and conditioned on a case-by-case basis.

Public notification

The Coordinator-General's report on the EIS or IAR is published on the department's website.

Fees

There are fees associated with the preparation of the Coordinator-General's report on the EIS or IAR.

Lapsing

The Coordinator-General's report on the EIS or IAR generally lapses three years after it is published.

The Coordinator-General may extend this time period before the report lapses.

Development approvals

The conditions of approval in the Coordinator-General's report on the EIS or IAR only gain legal effect when they are attached to a development approval given by an assessment manager under other specific legislation (e.g. the SPA). Project proponents are still required to obtain all other development approvals from local authorities (e.g. for a material change of use) and state government agencies (e.g. an environmental authority).

Assessment managers ultimately decide whether development approvals are granted for the project. These assessment managers: