Responding to applications
Comments from the community are also invited on things like development applications, environment protection licences, and forest agreements, which all have the potential to impact on native plants and animals. When commenting on these proposals you should ask yourself – are there any threatened species in the area? Is it a protected area? Will the environment been adequately protected if the proposal goes ahead?
- To comment on proposals that are likely to have an impact on matters of national environmental significance, such as threatened species or world heritage areas, visit the Australian Environment Department’s website. This is a separate approval process to development assessment, which happens at the State level. For more information about how native plants and animals are protected under national environmental law, see our Fact Sheet on EPBC Act.
- To comment on major project applications, visit the NSW Department of Planning and Environment's website. These are developments that are considered to be of State or regional significance. They are often large scale developments, and include developments that have the potential to have significant impacts on the environment. The public can submit comments to the Department of Planning and Environment. To read more about the assessment of major projects, see our Fact Sheet on State significant development and infrastructure.
- To comment on development applications that are notified in your local area, visit your local council’s website – DAs are often notified in a local newspaper and on the council’s website. Note that public comment is not invited for all developments assessed by the local council, and some types of development do not require public notification or involvement. For more information on development assessment processes, see our Fact Sheet on DAs and consents.
Notifications about opportunities to comment on proposals are often required to be published. The NSW Government is required to publish notices for some proposals in a locally circulating newspaper, and sometimes a newspaper that circulates throughout NSW (often The Land). You can keep an eye on the papers to make sure that you don’t miss an opportunity to comment.