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Preparing environmental impact statements

This guide provides advice for developing an EIS in relation to legislation that is managed by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Use this guide to identify the specific legislation (or state interest), the desired outcomes and the acceptable evidence required from an EIS.


Queensland's Coordinator-General has the power to declare a project a 'coordinated project', based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • complex approval requirements, including local, state and federal government involvement
  • a high level of investment in the state
  • potential effects on the environment and/or infrastructure
  • substantial employment opportunities
  • strategic significance to a locality, region or the state.

Most projects declared 'coordinated' by the Coordinator-General are required to undergo an environmental impact statement (EIS) assessment process.

EIS requirements

An EIS should describe the:

  • existing environment
  • project's environmental impacts
  • ways of avoiding, mitigating or offsetting these impacts.

The impacts include direct, indirect and cumulative impacts resulting from the construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning of the project.

The EIS typically involves studies to establish the qualities of the existing environment (natural, social, economic and built) and determine the project's potential impacts on the environment and community consultation.

The EIS must provide sufficient information to enable the Coordinator-General to come to an informed view on the project's potential impacts and ways of managing those impacts.

The Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning also has information on developing an EIS.


Last updated: 7 January 2014

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