Environmental impact assessment companion guide

This companion guide can be used by proponents, Commonwealth and State agencies, local governments and assessment managers to prepare:

  • initial advice statements
  • terms of reference
  • environmental impact statements
  • assessment reports
  • other documents associated with the environmental assessment process in Queensland.

The guide provides a summary of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries legislative responsibilities, policies and interests regarding

  • land use planning
  • socio-economic impacts of development
  • natural resource management.

These are matters for consideration in environmental assessments for developments and projects which may impact upon the agriculture, fisheries or forestry industries or on biosecurity in Queensland.

The guide explains DAF's legislative responsibilities, policies and interests so that these are captured early in the environmental assessment process. Identifying the State's interest early reduces the Queensland Government workload and assists project proponents. It also helps maintain consistency of assessment across developments.