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SSD and SSI applications

State Significant Development (SSD) and State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) are projects deemed to have state significance due to their size, economic value or potential impacts.

Applications for State significant development and State significant infrastructure are reviewed by either the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Water, NRAR, or both. The Minister for Planning is the consent authority for all SSD and SSI applications. More information on SSD and SSI can be found on the department's website.

State Significant Development (SSD) and State Significant Infrastructure (SSI)

NRAR's role

Pre-approval

NRAR reviews any SSD or SSI applications with proposed works which would need to comply with provisions in the Water Management Act 2000. NRAR will review submissions that require advice on the following:

  • surface or ground water extraction, use or impacts
  • works or impacts to waterfront land (rivers, lakes, estuaries or wetlands).

Where proposals involve these sorts of works, NRAR provides advice and recommended requirements to the department for its consideration, prior to determination of development consent.

Post-approval

Once a project has been approved by the Minister for Planning, SSD and SSI projects may also need to consult with NRAR on their post approval management plans. NRAR will provide advice to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and/or the proponent in relation to:

  • water licensing
  • works typically requiring a Controlled Activity Approval such as water course realignment or riparian rehabilitation
  • specific requests from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • breaches of Water Licence Conditions

NRAR requirements

Where a proposal involves extraction and use of surface or ground water, NRAR will provide advice regarding water licensing requirements.

For proposals located on waterfront land, applicants must show consideration of all requirements in NRAR’s Guidelines for controlled activities.

Authorisations not required

SSD and SSI projects do not require certain authorisations (approvals) under the Water Management Act 2000. These are:

The above approvals under the Water Management Act 2000 do not apply if:

  • supporting documents for the SSD or SSI reference and assess all impacts associated with the works that would otherwise require the approvals, and
  • the impacts are considered by the department, prior to granting of consent.

Major projects

NRAR also has a consultation role for major projects such as Designated Development, Planning Proposals and Review of Environmental Factors for some development works.