Streamlining the EIS process
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 a focus on timeliness.
The major components of the EIS process currently being streamlined by the Office of the Coordinator-General include the generic draft terms of reference ( 539 KB) and Social Impact Assessment guideline ( 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.
Any new applications will have to meet the same environmental standards, but the terms of reference will now focus on the critical matters of a project assessment that require the largest proportion of study effort in the EIS. This approach is expected to improve efficiencies, eliminate unnecessary paperwork and deliver better outcomes overall.
The streamlined draft terms of reference are shorter than the previous document, outcome-focused and less prescriptive. The Office of the Coordinator-General will continue to tailor the terms of reference for each project to ensure environmental risks and community interests are addressed.
For its efforts, the OCG was recently presented with the Premier's Award for Excellence.