Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Infrastructure and Other Planning Reform) Act 2005 No 43
Repealed version for 24 November 2005 to 19 June 2006 (accessed 6 August 2020 at 03:40)
Schedule 1
Schedule 1 Major infrastructure and other projects amendments
(Section 3)
[1]   Part 3A
Insert after Part 3:
  
Part 3A Major infrastructure and other projects
Division 1 Preliminary
75A   Definitions
In this Part:
approved project means a project to the extent that it is approved by the Minister under this Part, but does not include a project for which only approval for a concept plan has been given.
critical infrastructure project means a project that is a critical infrastructure project, as referred to in section 75C.
development includes an activity within the meaning of Part 5.
major infrastructure development includes development, whether or not carried out by a public authority, for the purposes of roads, railways, pipelines, electricity generation, electricity or gas transmission or distribution, sewerage treatment facilities, dams or water reticulation works, desalination plants, trading ports or other public utility undertakings.
project means development that is declared under section 75B to be a project to which this Part applies.
proponent of a project, means the person proposing to carry out development comprising all or any part of the project, and includes any person certified by the Minister to be the proponent.
75B   Projects to which Part applies
(1) General This Part applies to the carrying out of development that is declared under this section to be a project to which this Part applies:
(a)  by a State environmental planning policy, or
(b)  by order of the Minister published in the Gazette.
The carrying out of particular development, or development for a program or plan of works or activities, may be so declared.
(2) Kinds of projects The following kind of development may be declared to be a project to which this Part applies:
(a)  major infrastructure or other development that, in the opinion of the Minister, is of State or regional environmental planning significance,
(b)  major infrastructure or other development that is an activity for which the proponent is also the determining authority (within the meaning of Part 5) and that, in the opinion of the proponent, would (but for this Part) require an environmental impact statement to be obtained under that Part.
(3) Related development If part of any development is a project to which this Part applies, the other parts of the development are (subject to subsection (4)) taken to be a project to which this Part applies.
(4) Limiting declared development The declaration of a project may be limited to an aspect of development (such as the construction of a project), to a particular period of carrying out development or otherwise.
(5) Amendment or revocation of declaration The declaration of a project may be amended or revoked at any time (including before or after an approval for the project is given under this Part).
75C   Critical infrastructure projects
Any development that is declared to be a project to which this Part applies may also be declared to be a critical infrastructure project if it is of a category that, in the opinion of the Minister, is essential for the State for economic, environmental or social reasons.
Note.
 In the case of a critical infrastructure project, this Part contains the following additional provisions:
(a)  sections 75K, 75L and 75Q exclude proponent or objector appeals in respect of the determination of an application for approval of the project,
(b)  section 75R excludes with respect to the project all environmental planning instruments (other than SEPPs that specifically relate to the project) and council orders under Division 2A of Part 6,
(c)  section 75T excludes third-party appeals against the project under this Act or other environment protection legislation.
Guidelines with respect to environmental assessment of the project under section 75F can be tailored to the circumstances of the case.
Division 2 Environmental assessment and approval of projects
75D   Minister’s approval required for projects
(1)  A person is not to carry out development that is a project to which this Part applies unless the Minister has approved of the carrying out of the project under this Part.
(2)  The person is to comply with any conditions to which such an approval is subject.
75E   Application for approval of project
(1)  The proponent may apply for the approval of the Minister under this Part to carry out a project.
(2)  The application is to:
(a)  describe the project, and
(b)  contain any other matter required by the Director-General.
(3)  The application is to be lodged with the Director-General.
(4)  An application may relate to part only of a project.
75F   Environmental assessment requirements for approval
(1)  The Minister may, after consultation with the Minister for the Environment, publish guidelines in the Gazette with respect to environmental assessment requirements for the purpose of the Minister approving projects under this Part (including levels of assessment and the public authorities and others to be consulted).
(2)  When an application is made for the Minister’s approval for a project, the Director-General is to prepare environmental assessment requirements having regard to any such relevant guidelines in respect of the project.
(3)  The Director-General is to notify the proponent of the environmental assessment requirements. The Director-General may modify those requirements by further notice to the proponent.
(4)  In preparing the environmental assessment requirements, the Director-General is to consult relevant public authorities and have regard to the need for the requirements to assess any key issues raised by those public authorities.
(5)  The environmental assessment requirements may require an environmental assessment to be prepared by or on behalf of the proponent in the form approved by the Director-General.
(6)  The Director-General may require the proponent to include in an environmental assessment a statement of the commitments the proponent is prepared to make for environmental management and mitigation measures on the site.
(7)  This section is subject to section 75P.
Note.
 Section 75P enables the Minister to determine environmental assessment requirements for approval to carry out the project or any stage of the project when giving approval to a concept plan for the project under Division 3.
75G   Independent hearing and assessment panels
(1)  The Minister may constitute:
(a)  a panel of experts, or
(b)  a panel of officers representing the Department and other relevant public authorities,
to assess any aspect of a project referred to the panel by the Minister.
(2)  The members of a panel of experts are not to be officers of the Department or of other public authorities having regulatory functions in connection with the project.
(3)  The members of a panel of officers are to be nominated by the respective chief executive officers of the public authorities that the Minister nominates to constitute the panel.
(4)  For the purposes of an assessment, a panel may receive or hear submissions from interested persons and submit a report to the Director-General within the time required by the Minister.
(5)  A panel is to exercise its functions in accordance with arrangements approved by the Minister. However, a panel is not subject to the direction of the Minister on the findings or recommendations in its report.
(6)  The Department is to provide staff and facilities for the purpose of enabling a panel to exercise its functions.
75H   Environmental assessment and public consultation
(1)  The proponent is to submit to the Director-General the environmental assessment required under this Division for approval to carry out the project.
(2)  If the Director-General considers that the environmental assessment does not adequately address the environmental assessment requirements, the Director-General may require the proponent to submit a revised environmental assessment to address the matters notified to the proponent.
(3)  After the environmental assessment has been accepted by the Director-General, the Director-General must, in accordance with any guidelines published by the Minister in the Gazette, make the environmental assessment publicly available for at least 30 days.
(4)  During that period, any person (including a public authority) may make a written submission to the Director-General concerning the matter.
(5)  The Director-General is to provide copies of submissions received by the Director-General or a report of the issues raised in those submissions to:
(a)  the proponent, and
(b)  if the project will require an environment protection licence under Chapter 3 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997—the Department of Environment and Conservation, and
(c)  any other public authority the Director-General considers appropriate.
(6)  The Director-General may require the proponent to submit to the Director-General:
(a)  a response to the issues raised in those submissions, and
(b)  a preferred project report that outlines any proposed changes to the project to minimise its environmental impact, and
(c)  any revised statement of commitments.
(7)  If the Director-General considers that significant changes are proposed to the nature of the project, the Director-General may require the proponent to make the preferred project report available to the public.
75I   Director-General’s environmental assessment report
(1)  The Director-General is to give a report on a project to the Minister for the purposes of the Minister’s consideration of the application for approval to carry out the project.
(2)  The Director-General’s report is to include:
(a)  a copy of the proponent’s environmental assessment and any preferred project report, and
(b)  any advice provided by public authorities on the project, and
(c)  a copy of any report of a panel constituted under section 75G in respect of the project, and
(d)  a copy of or reference to the provisions of any State Environmental Planning Policy that substantially govern the carrying out of the project, and
(e)  except in the case of a critical infrastructure project—a copy of or reference to the provisions of any environmental planning instrument that would (but for this Part) substantially govern the carrying out of the project and that have been taken into consideration in the environmental assessment of the project under this Division, and
(f)  any environmental assessment undertaken by the Director-General or other matter the Director-General considers appropriate.
75J   Giving of approval by Minister to carry out project
(1)  If:
(a)  the proponent has duly applied to the Minister for approval under this Part to carry out a project, and
(b)  the environmental assessment requirements under this Division with respect to the project have been complied with,
the Minister may approve or disapprove of the carrying out of the project.
(2)  The Minister, when deciding whether or not to approve the carrying out of a project, is to consider:
(a)  the Director-General’s report on the project and the reports, advice and recommendations contained in the report, and
(b)  if the proponent is a public authority—any advice provided by the Minister having portfolio responsibility for the proponent, and
(c)  if the Minister has directed an inquiry be held in accordance with section 119 with respect to the project—any findings or recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.
(3)  The Minister cannot approve of the carrying out of a project:
(a)  that is not a critical infrastructure project, and
(b)  that would (but for this Part) be wholly prohibited under an environmental planning instrument by the operation of section 76B.
(4)  A project may be approved under this Part with such modifications of the project or on such conditions as the Minister may determine.
75K   Appeals by proponent
(1)  This section applies to a project if:
(a)  the project is not a critical infrastructure project, and
(b)  the proponent is not a public authority, and
(c)  the project has not been the subject of an inquiry held in accordance with section 119 or of a report of a panel of experts under section 75G, and
(d)  but for this Part, the provisions of Part 4 would apply to the project.
(2)  A proponent who is dissatisfied with the determination of the Minister with respect to an application by the proponent under this Division may appeal to the Court within 3 months after:
(a)  the date on which the proponent received notice of the determination of the application in accordance with the regulations, or
(b)  the date on which the regulations provide that a pending application is taken to have been refused for the purposes only of this section.
(3)  If any such appeal is made, each objector to the application referred to in section 75L is to be given notice by the Minister of that appeal and is, on application made to the Court in accordance with rules of court within 28 days after the date of the notice, entitled to be heard at the hearing of the appeal as if the objector were a party to the appeal.
75L   Appeals by an objector
(1)  This section applies to a project if:
(a)  it is not a critical infrastructure project, and
(b)  there has been no approval of a concept plan for the project under Division 3, and
(c)  the project has not been the subject of an inquiry held in accordance with section 119 or of a report of a panel of experts under section 75G, and
(d)  but for this Part, the project would be designated development to which the provisions of Part 4 would apply.
(2)  For the purposes of this section, an objector is a person who has made a submission under section 75H by way of objection to an application for approval under this Division to carry out a project.
(3)  An objector who is dissatisfied with the determination of the Minister under this Division to give approval to carry out a project may appeal to the Court within 28 days after the date on which notice of the determination was given in accordance with the regulations.
(4)  If such an appeal is made, the proponent and the Minister are to be given notice of the appeal, in accordance with rules of court, and are entitled to be heard at the hearing of the appeal as parties to the appeal.
Division 3 Concept plans for certain projects
75M   Submission of concept plan for project
(1)  The Minister may authorise or require the proponent to submit a concept plan for a project.
(2)  The concept plan is to:
(a)  outline the scope of the project and any development options, and
(b)  set out any proposal for the staged implementation of the project, and
(c)  contain any other matter required by the Director-General.
A detailed description of the project is not required.
(3)  The concept plan is to be lodged with the Director-General.
(4)  If an environmental planning instrument requires the preparation of a development control plan before any particular or kind of development is carried out on any land, the obligation may be satisfied for a project by the submission and approval of a concept plan in respect of the land concerned (but only if the Minister authorises or requires the submission of the concept plan).
75N   Environmental assessment, panel report, public consultation and Director-General’s report for concept plan
Sections 75F (Environmental assessment requirements for approval), 75G (Independent hearing and assessment panels), 75H (Environmental assessment and public consultation) and 75I (Director-General’s environmental assessment report) apply, subject to the regulations, with respect to approval for the concept plan for a project in the same way as they apply with respect to approval to carry out a project.
75O   Giving of approval for concept plan
(1)  If:
(a)  the proponent submits a concept plan for a project, and
(b)  the environmental assessment requirements under this Division with respect to giving approval for the concept plan have been complied with,
the Minister may give or refuse to give approval for the concept plan for the project.
(2)  The Minister, when deciding whether or not to give approval for the concept plan, is to consider:
(a)  the Director-General’s report on the project and the reports and recommendations contained in the report, and
(b)  if the proponent is a public authority—any advice provided by the Minister having portfolio responsibility for the proponent, and
(c)  if the Minister has directed an inquiry be held in accordance with section 119 with respect to the project—any findings or recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.
(3)  The Minister cannot give approval for the concept plan for a project:
(a)  that is not a critical infrastructure project, and
(b)  that would (but for this Part) be wholly prohibited under an environmental planning instrument by the operation of section 76B.
(4)  Approval for a concept plan may be given under this Division with such modifications of the project as the Minister may determine.
75P   Determinations with respect to project for which concept plan approved
(1)  When giving an approval for the concept plan for a project, the Minister may make any (or any combination) of the following determinations:
(a)  the Minister may determine the further environmental assessment requirements for approval to carry out the project or any particular stage of the project under this Part (in which case those requirements have effect for the purposes of Division 2),
(b)  the Minister may determine that approval to carry out the project or any particular stage of the project is to be subject to the other provisions of this Act (in which case the project or that stage of the project ceases to be a project to which this Part applies),
(c)  the Minister may determine that no further environmental assessment is required for the project or any particular stage of the project (in which case the Minister may, under section 75J, approve or disapprove of the carrying out of the project or that stage of the project without further application, environmental assessment or report under Division 2).
(2)  If the Minister determines that approval to carry out the project or any particular stage of the project is to be subject to the other provisions of this Act, the following provisions apply:
(a)  the determination of a development application for the project or that stage of the project under Part 4 is to be generally consistent with the terms of the approval of the concept plan,
(b)  the project or that stage of the project is not integrated development for the purposes of Part 4,
(c)  any further environmental assessment of the project or that stage of the project under Part 4 or Part 5 is to be undertaken in accordance with the requirements determined by the Minister when approving the concept plan (despite anything to the contrary in that Part),
(d)  the Minister may, by order, declare that that stage of the project (or any part of it) is exempt or complying development for the purposes of this Act,
(e)  the Minister may, by order, declare that that stage of the project (or any part of it) is not designated development for the purposes of this Act,
(f)  the Minister may, by order, revoke or amend (as the case requires) the declaration of the project under this Part.
An order under paragraph (d), (e) or (f) is to be published in the Gazette and has effect according to its tenor.
75Q   Appeal by proponent
(1)  This section applies to a project for which a concept plan has been submitted if:
(a)  the project is not a critical infrastructure project, and
(b)  the proponent is not a public authority, and
(c)  the project has not been the subject of an inquiry held in accordance with section 119 or of a report of a panel of experts under section 75G, and
(d)  but for this Part, the provisions of Part 4 would apply to the project.
(2)  A proponent who is dissatisfied with the determination of the Minister under this Division to refuse to approve the concept plan for a project (or to modify a concept plan for which approval is given) may appeal to the Court within 3 months after:
(a)  the date on which the proponent received notice of the determination in accordance with the regulations, or
(b)  the date on which the regulations provide that a pending application is taken to have been refused for the purposes only of this section.
(3)  If the Court allows the appeal, the Minister is to approve the concept plan in the manner determined by the Court. The Court does not have jurisdiction to approve the concept plan or to make or direct the Minister on any determination that may be made under section 75P when giving approval for a concept plan.
Division 4 Application of other provisions of this and other Acts
75R   Application of other provisions of Act
(1)  Part 4 and Part 5 do not, except as provided by this Part, apply to or in respect of an approved project (including the declaration of the project as a project to which this Part applies and any approval or other requirement under this Part for the project).
(2)  Part 3 and State environmental planning policies apply to:
(a)  the declaration of a project as a project to which this Part applies or as a critical infrastructure project, and
(b)  the carrying out of a project, but (in the case of a critical infrastructure project) only to the extent that the provisions of such a policy expressly provide that they apply to and in respect of the particular project.
(3)  Environmental planning instruments (other than State environmental planning policies) do not apply to or in respect of an approved project.
Note.
 Sections 75J and 75O provide that a project (other than a critical infrastructure project) or a concept plan for such a project cannot be approved under this Part if (but for this Part) it would be development prohibited under any environmental planning instrument. See also section 75I (2) (e).
(4)  Divisions 6 and 6A of Part 4 apply to projects (and the giving of approval for the carrying out of projects under this Part) in the same way as they apply to development and the granting of consent to the carrying out of development under Part 4, subject to any necessary modifications and any modifications prescribed by the regulations. However, a condition cannot be imposed under section 94, 94A or 94F unless that section would have applied if this Part did not apply to the project and a development consent were granted.
(5)  Division 2A of Part 6 applies to a critical infrastructure project only to the extent that the regulations so provide.
75S   Erection and occupation of buildings and subdivision of land
(1)  Section 81A applies to an approved project (other than a critical infrastructure project) in the same way as it applies to development subject to a development consent, subject to any necessary modifications and any modifications prescribed by the regulations. For that purpose, a reference in Part 4A to a development consent includes a reference to an approval of a project under this Part.
(2)  However:
(a)  section 81A does not apply unless that section would have applied if this Part did not apply to the project, and
(b)  section 81A applies to a critical infrastructure project if the Minister when giving approval under this Part makes it a condition of that approval that section 81A applies.
(3)  Sections 116B and 116G apply to an approved project, but the other provisions of Part 5A do not apply.
75T   Third-party appeals—critical infrastructure projects
(1)  This section applies to:
(a)  proceedings in the Court (and orders made by the Court) under Division 3 of Part 6, and
(b)  proceedings in the Court (and orders made by the Court) under section 252 or 253 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, and
(c)  proceedings in the Court (and orders made by the Court) under section 20 (2) of the Land and Environment Court Act 1979.
(2)  Proceedings in the Court (and orders made by the Court) cannot be taken or made, except on application made or approved by the Minister:
(a)  to remedy or restrain a breach of this Act (within the meaning of Division 3 of Part 6) arising under this Part in respect of a critical infrastructure project, including the declaration of the project as a project (and a critical infrastructure project) to which this Part applies and any approval or other requirement under this Part for the project, or
(b)  to enforce any conditions of an approval under this Part for a critical infrastructure project, or
(c)  to remedy or restrain a breach of this or any other Act arising in respect of the giving of an authorisation of a kind referred to in section 75V (1) for a critical infrastructure project (or in respect of the conditions of such an authorisation).
75U   Approvals etc legislation that does not apply
(1)  The following authorisations are not required for an approved project (and accordingly the provisions of any Act that prohibit an activity without such an authority do not apply):
(a)  the concurrence under Part 3 of the Coastal Protection Act 1979 of the Minister administering that Part of the Act,
(b)  a permit under section 201, 205 or 219 of the Fisheries Management Act 1994,
(c)  an approval under Part 4, or an excavation permit under section 139, of the Heritage Act 1977,
(d)  a permit under section 87 or a consent under section 90 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974,
(e)  an authorisation referred to in section 12 of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 (or under any Act to be repealed by that Act) to clear native vegetation,
(f)  a permit under Part 3A of the Rivers and Foreshores Improvement Act 1948,
(g)  a bush fire safety authority under section 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997,
(h)  a water use approval under section 89, a water management work approval under section 90 or an activity approval under section 91 of the Water Management Act 2000.
(2)  Division 8 of Part 6 of the Heritage Act 1977 does not apply to prevent or interfere with the carrying out of an approved project.
(3)  The following orders or notices cannot be made or given so as to prevent or interfere with the carrying out of an approved critical infrastructure project:
(a)  an interim protection order (within the meaning of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 or the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995),
(b)  an order under Division 1 (Stop work orders) of Part 6A of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, Division 1 (Stop work orders) of Part 7 of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 or Division 7 (Stop work orders) of Part 7A of the Fisheries Management Act 1994,
(c)  an environment protection notice under Chapter 4 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997,
(d)  an order under section 124 of the Local Government Act 1993.
Note.
 Under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, actions that are essential for carrying out an approved project provide the same defence to actions relating to harm to native fauna (and threatened species) as a development consent under Part 4, or environmental assessment under Part 5, of this Act provide.
75V   Approvals etc legislation that must be applied consistently
(1)  An authorisation of the following kind cannot be refused if it is necessary for carrying out an approved project and is to be substantially consistent with the approval under this Part:
(a)  an aquaculture permit under section 144 of the Fisheries Management Act 1994,
(b)  an approval under section 15 of the Mine Subsidence Compensation Act 1961,
(c)  a mining lease under the Mining Act 1992,
(d)  a production lease under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991,
(e)  an environment protection licence under Chapter 3 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (for any of the purposes referred to in section 43 of that Act),
(f)  a consent under section 138 of the Roads Act 1993.
(2)  If:
(a)  the Minister determines when giving approval for a concept plan under section 75P that approval to carry out the project or any particular stage of the project is to be subject to the other provisions of this Act, and
(b)  development consent to carry out the project or that stage of the project is given under Part 4,
an authorisation of the kind referred to in subsection (1) or section 75U (1) cannot be refused if it is necessary for carrying out the project or that stage of the project and is to be substantially consistent with the development consent.
(3)  This section does not apply to or in respect of:
(a)  an application for the renewal of an authorisation or a renewed authorisation, or
(b)  an application for a further authorisation or a further authorisation following the expiry or lapsing of an authorisation, or
(c)  in the case of an environment protection licence under Chapter 3 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997—any period after the first review of the licence under section 78 of that Act.
(4)  A reference in this section to an authorisation or approval includes a reference to any conditions of the authorisation or approval.
(5)  This section applies to a person, court or tribunal that deals with an objection, appeal or review conferred on a person in relation to an authorisation in the same was as it applies to the person giving the authorisation.
Division 5 Miscellaneous
75W   Modification of Minister’s approval
(1)  In this section:
Minister’s approval means an approval to carry out a project under this Part, and includes an approval of a concept plan.
modification of approval means changing the terms of a Minister’s approval, including:
(a)  revoking or varying a condition of the approval or imposing an additional condition of the approval, and
(b)  changing the terms of any determination made by the Minister under Division 3 in connection with the approval.
(2)  The proponent may request the Minister to modify the Minister’s approval for a project. The Minister’s approval for a modification is not required if the project as modified will be consistent with the existing approval under this Part.
(3)  The request for the Minister’s approval is to be lodged with the Director-General. The Director-General may notify the proponent of environmental assessment requirements with respect to the proposed modification that the proponent must comply with before the matter will be considered by the Minister.
(4)  The Minister may modify the approval (with or without conditions) or disapprove of the modification.
(5)  The proponent of a project to which section 75K applies who is dissatisfied with the determination of a request under this section with respect to the project (or with the failure of the Minister to determine the request within 40 days after it is made) may, within the time prescribed by the regulations, appeal to the Court. The Court may determine any such appeal.
(6)  Subsection (5) does not apply to a request to modify:
(a)  an approval granted by or as directed by the Court on appeal, or
(b)  a determination made by the Minister under Division 3 in connection with the approval of a concept plan.
(7)  This section does not limit the circumstances in which the Minister may modify a determination made by the Minister under Division 3 in connection with the approval of a concept plan.
75X   Miscellaneous provisions relating to approvals under this Part
(1)  If the proponent of a project (or proposed project) is the Minister or the corporation constituted by section 8 (1), the project must be the subject of an inquiry held in accordance with section 119 or of a report of a panel of experts under section 75G.
(2)  The following documents under this Part in relation to a project are to be made publicly available by the Director-General:
(a)  applications to carry out projects,
(b)  environmental assessment requirements for a project determined by the Director-General or the Minister,
(c)  environmental assessment reports of the Director-General to the Minister,
(d)  approvals to carry out projects given by the Minister,
(e)  concept plans submitted for the Minister’s approval (and approvals of concept plans),
(f)  requests for modifications of approvals given by the Minister and any modifications made by the Minister.
(3)  The Minister may, but is not required to, give reasons to the proponent for:
(a)  any disapproval, or conditions or modifications, of a project, or
(b)  any disapproval, or modifications of, a concept plan for a project, or
(c)  any conditions of approval of a modification of the approval of a project.
(4)  The validity of an approval or other decision under this Part cannot be questioned in any legal proceedings in which the decision may be challenged except those commenced in the Court within 3 months after public notice of the decision was given.
(5)  The only requirement of this Part that is mandatory in connection with the validity of an approval of a project or of a concept plan for a project is a requirement that an environmental assessment with respect to the project is made publicly available under section 75H (or under that section as applied by section 75N). This subsection does not affect the operation of section 75T in relation to a critical infrastructure project.
75Y   Lapsing of approvals
(1)  An approval under this Part may be subject to a condition that it lapses on a specified date unless specified action with respect to the approval has been taken (such as the commencement of work on the project or the submission of an application for approval to carry out a project for which concept approval has been given).
(2)  Any such condition may be modified under this Part to extend the lapsing period. The Minister is to review the approval before extending the lapsing period and may make other modifications to the approval (whether or not requested by the proponent).
75Z   Regulations for purposes of Part
The regulations may make provision for or with respect to the approval of projects (and concept plans for projects) under this Part and to approved projects (and concept plans), including:
(a)  prescribing time limits for dealing with applications or other matters under this Part and deeming acceptance or rejection of applications or other matters if those time limits are not complied with, and
(b)  requiring owners of land on which projects are proposed to be carried out to consent to applications for approvals under this Part, and
(c)  providing for public exhibition, notification and public registers of applications for approvals under this Part (or for the modification of approvals) and of the determination of those applications, and
(d)  the fees for applications and the exercise of functions under this Part.
75ZA   Transitional arrangements
(1)  Development may be declared to be a project to which this Part applies even though action has been taken under Part 4 or Part 5 before the declaration (whether before or after the commencement of this Part) for the purposes of authorising the carrying out of the development under this Act.
(2)  However, on the declaration being made, any development consent under Part 4 or approval under Part 5 that authorises the carrying out of the development ceases to have effect. The consent or approval is revived if the declaration is subsequently revoked without any approval of the project under this Part.
(3)  If the declaration of a project under this Part is revoked after approval has been given under this Part to carry out the project, the approval is (subject to the regulations) taken to be a development consent for the project granted under Part 4.
[2]   Section 4 Definitions
Omit the definitions of local development and State significant development from section 4 (1).
[3]   Section 23 Delegation
Insert after section 23 (1) (c):
  
(c1)  a development corporation under the Growth Centres (Development Corporations) Act 1974 or an officer or employee of any such corporation for the purposes of that Act,
(c2)  any other public authority or an officer or employee of any other public authority,
[4]   Section 23 (8) (a1)
Insert after section 23 (8) (a):
  
(a1)  the function of the Minister under Part 3A of determining whether to approve the carrying out of a project or the concept plan for a project, or
[5]   Section 23 (8) (b)
Omit “, 88A, 89” and “, by Division 4 of Part 5”.
[6]   Section 72A Making of application
Omit “or sections 88A and 89” wherever occurring in section 72A (2).
[7]   Section 72I Application of Division
Insert at the end of the section:
  
(2)  This Division also applies in respect of applications and approvals under Part 3A, and references to a development application, a consent authority or a consent are to be construed accordingly.
[8]   Section 76A Development that needs consent
Omit section 76A (3), (4), (6) (a), (7), (8) and (9).
[9]   Section 76A (5)
Omit “local”.
[10]   Section 77 Application of Division
Omit paragraph (a) of the note to the section.
[11]   Section 79C Evaluation
Insert at the end of section 79C (1):
  
Note.
 See section 75P (2) (a) for circumstances in which determination of development application to be generally consistent with approved concept plan for a project under Part 3A.
[12]   Section 82A Review of determination
Omit the note to section 82A (1).
[13]   Part 4, Division 4 Additional procedures concerning State significant development
Omit the Division.
[14]   Section 91A Development that is integrated development
Omit “local” from section 91A (1).
[15]   Section 92 State significant development that is integrated development
Omit the section.
[16]   Section 95A Extension of lapsing period for 1 year
Omit “, except where the application is made in respect of a consent granted by the Minister under section 88A or 89,” from section 95A (3).
[17]   Section 95B Extension of lapsing period for consent for State significant development
Omit the section.
[18]   Section 96 Modification of consents—generally
Omit “, (6A)” from section 96 (1) and “or (6A)” from section 96 (7).
[19]   Section 96 (6)
Omit “Except in the case of State significant development, an”.
Insert instead “An”.
[20]   Section 96 (6A)
Omit the subsection.
[21]   Section 110 Definitions
Omit “under Division 4” from section 110 (2).
Insert instead “under Part 3A”.
[22]   Section 110D Transitional—amendment of list of vulnerable species
Omit section 110D (3) and (4).
[23]   Section 112 Decision of determining authority in relation to certain activities
Omit section 112 (1) (c1).
[24]   Section 112 (6)
Insert “(other than Part 3A)” after “of this Act”.
[25]   Section 112 (6A)
Omit the subsection.
[26]   Section 113 Publicity and examination of environmental impact statements
Omit “or Division 4 applies” from section 113 (5).
[27]   Part 5, Division 4 Minister administering this Act to be approving authority instead of proponent where EIS prepared
Omit the Division.
[28]   Section 115P Approval of Minister administering this Act required for designated fishing activity where Fisheries Minister is or is declared to be proponent
Omit section 115P (3). Insert instead:
  
(3)  The regulations may make provisions for or with respect to approvals under this section of the Minister administering this Act.
[29]   Section 115R Application of other provisions of this Act
Insert after section 115R (3):
  
(3A)  A designated fishing activity cannot be declared to be a project to which Part 3A applies.
[30]   Section 119 Public inquiry
Insert at the end of section 119 (1) (d):
  
, or
(e)  all or any of the environmental aspects of a project under Part 3A.
[31]   Section 158 Exclusion of personal liability
Insert after section 158 (d):
  
(d1)  a member of a panel constituted under section 75G, or
[32]   Section 158
Insert “a panel member,” after “the Commissioner of Inquiry,”.
[33]   Schedule 6 Savings, transitional and other provisions
Insert in appropriate Divisional order (and with appropriate clause numbers) in the Part of the Schedule inserted by Schedule 6 to this Act:
  
Division 2 Major infrastructure and other projects amendments
Pending or previous matters under Division 4 of Part 5
(1)  Despite its repeal by Schedule 1 to the 2005 Amending Act, Division 4 of Part 5 of this Act continues to apply to and in respect of the carrying out of any activity for which the Minister’s approval under that Division was sought before its repeal.
(2)  If the activity is a project to which Part 3A of this Act applies:
(a)  subclause (1) applies to the activity (unless the instrument that declares it a project otherwise provides), and
(b)  Part 3A of this Act does not apply to the activity while Division 4 of Part 5 of this Act continues to apply to the activity (subject to subclause (3)).
(3)  The approval of the Minister for an activity that was given under Division 4 of Part 5 of this Act before its repeal (or under that Division as continued by subclause (1)) is taken to be an approval under Part 3A of this Act, and that Part (sections 75U and 75V excepted) applies accordingly.
(4)  Until regulations are made under section 115P (3) (as substituted by the 2005 Amending Act), the provisions of Division 4 of Part 5 of this Act continue to apply (with necessary modifications) to approvals under that section of the Minister administering this Act.
State significant development matters
(1)  If a development application for State significant development is pending on the commencement of Part 3A of this Act, the application is to be determined (unless withdrawn by the applicant) as if the amendments made to this Act by Schedule 1 to the 2005 Amending Act had not been made.
(2)  A reference in any Act or instrument to State significant development within the meaning of this Act is taken to be a reference to a project to which Part 3A of this Act applies.
Special heritage provision with respect to Opera House
(1)  Section 75U (as inserted by the 2005 Amending Act), in so far as it excludes the requirement for an approval under Part 4 of the Heritage Act 1977, does not apply to the carrying out of any development in connection with the Opera House that is a project to which Part 3A applies.
(2)  In that case, section 75V applies instead as if an approval under Part 4 of the Heritage Act 1977 were included in section 75V (1).