Statutory assessment and approvals
Environment Effects Statement
Like other major infrastructure projects, Suburban Rail Loop requires assessment and statutory approvals.
Rail infrastructure for Stage One of Suburban Rail Loop will be assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) - Victoria’s most comprehensive and transparent planning and environmental assessment process.
Supported by a range of technical investigations and studies, the EES will carefully consider potential environmental, urban design, traffic and transport, business, social and land use impacts. It will also identify requirements that may be put in place to avoid, mitigate or manage adverse effects of these impacts on people and the environment.
In addition to SRLA’s ongoing engagement with the community and stakeholders, there will be opportunities for people to provide input as part of the formal assessment process.
A draft of the scoping requirements is now available for the public to comment, which outlines everything to be considered and assessed as part of the planning process.
The EES is managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on behalf of the Minister for Planning.
Visit Engage Victoria to have your say about the Suburban Rail Loop EES before comments close on 19 April.
In November 2020 a Project Outline was prepared to inform the Minister for Planning in his consideration of whether to declare Stage One of Suburban Rail Loop as ‘public works’ under Section 3 of the Environment Effects Act 1978.
On 20 December 2020 the Minister for Planning decided that an EES was required for Stage One of Suburban Rail Loop. You can find out more about the declaration here.
The EES process is coordinated by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment Land Water and Planning on behalf of the Minister for Planning.
Learn more about the Environment Effects Statement process.