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Queensland's economy and communities rely heavily on national and international investment in our resource industry. To ensure Queensland continues to be an attractive investment option, the Queensland Government is systematically reducing red and green tape.

Within this context, the Coordinator-General has been reforming and streamlining the environmental impact statement (EIS) process to make it more efficient and outcome-focused, with an emphasis on timeliness.

On 15 April 2014, the Resources Cabinet Committee endorsed a set of standardised outcome-focused conditions for resource projects (PDF icon 343 KB), designed to reduce regulatory burden and provide more certainty for industry.

The document includes a baseline set of conditions that the Coordinator-General may state or impose for large-scale resource developments. The conditions are not intended to overlap or replace the matters regulated by an environmental authority under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, which is the primary form of environmental regulation for resource projects.

Where necessary, the Coordinator-General will use discretion to modify the conditions to suit the specific circumstances of a resource project.

Other components of the EIS process recently streamlined by the Coordinator-General include the generic draft terms of reference (PDF icon 539 KB) and Social Impact Assessment guideline (PDF icon 228 KB).

The environmental standards governing resource development have not changed. The same checks and balances are in place to protect the environment by addressing project impacts and any new applications will have to meet the same environmental standards.