Viewing the EES
The Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project documents including the EES, the draft planning scheme amendment, the works approval application and the pipeline licence application are now on public exhibition.
The public has 40 business days to consider the documents and make a submission. Submissions close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 August 2020.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister has issued amended procedures and requirements for the public exhibition and inquiry stages of the EES process. The amended procedures and requirements are available on the DELWP website.
To learn more about the EES and other exhibited documents and how to navigate these documents, start here.
The EES and other exhibited documents are available to read and download in the EES section of this website.
As an alternative way to access the EES, you can register to receive EES documents on USB media, and for those who may have accessibility issues or, where electronic options are impractical, in hard copy.
Requested information will be provided within a week of your request.
Making a submission
During the exhibition period are invited to submit comments on the EES, the draft planning scheme amendment, works approval application and pipeline licence application. Each submission will be treated as a submission on the EES and all of the related documents. Find out how to make a submission.
Inquiry and Advisory Committee process
The Minister for Planning will appoint an inquiry in the form of an Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC). The IAC will review the public submissions, the EES, the draft planning scheme amendment, the works approval application and the pipeline licence application.
The IAC will review and consider the environmental effects of the Project in accordance with Terms of Reference issued by the Minister for Planning.
After the exhibition period, the IAC will hold a Directions Hearing on Thursday 17 September 2020, where the necessary arrangements and timetable for the public hearing will be established. The Public Hearing will commence on Monday 12 October 2020 and run for six to eight weeks (if required).
Information on the hearing process and timetable will be published as it becomes available at engage.vic.gov.au/crib-point-IAC
Members of the public and any other parties seeking to be heard at the public hearing are required to make a written submission and indicate they would like to be heard at the hearing.
Concluding the EES process
As a result of the current pandemic, the Minister has provided AGL and APA with amended procedures and requirements for the exhibition and inquiry phase of the Project. These state that the formal hearing would be conducted in the most practicable manner available under the prevailing circumstances and may include use of video conferencing or other comparable technology. Interested parties would be advised of this process closer to the date of the inquiry.
Following receipt of the inquiry report, the Minister for Planning will assess all relevant information including the EES documents, public submissions and the inquiry report. The Minister will then issue a written assessment of the Project’s environmental effects, commonly known as the ‘Minister’s Assessment’. This assessment will make recommendations about whether the Project’s environmental effects are acceptable and set out any modifications or further management measures the Minister considers appropriate.
The Minister’s Assessment must be considered by relevant Victorian statutory decision-makers responsible for determining key approvals for the Project.
The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment must also consider the Victorian Minister’s assessment before deciding whether to grant approvals under the EPBC Act, and if so under what conditions.