Land use planning and development are important for meeting the changing needs of the growing population.
An environmental impact assessment is a tool used to predict the environmental, social and economic effects of a proposed development at an early stage in project planning and design. The assessment aims to find ways to reduce negative impacts, and shape projects to suit the local environment.
In Victoria, assessments of the environmental impact of proposed development projects are conducted through the Environmental Effects Statement process under the Environment Effects Act 1978.
In this audit, we examined if the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is managing the Environment Effects Statement process effectively.
We make eight recommendations for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
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Victorian Auditor-General's Office, State of Victoria 2017