Responding to government proposals

The national, State and local governments regularly invite input from the community on proposed changes to environmental laws. 

  • To comment on proposals for and reviews of the types of activities that can be conducted in protected areas, visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website. Certain activities are prohibited in some protected areas. Sometimes activities that would otherwise be prohibited can be approved by the Government following an assessment of the impacts of the activity on the environment. For more information about protected areas, see our Fact Sheet on protected areas.
  • To comment on draft plans of management for national parks in NSW, visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s websitePlans of management are important because they set out how environment and heritage will be protected in the park and how people can use the park. Draft plans of management are placed on public exhibition before they are finalised, and the public can submit comments to the Office of Environment and Heritage. For more information about plans of management for national parks, see our Fact Sheet on protected areas.
  • To comment on documents detailing how mining and CSG projects will impact Aboriginal cultural heritage, visit the NSW Department of Trade and Investment website. The types documents exhibited include environmental impact statements for mining projects, Review of Environmental Factors reports, and applications for rehabilitation projects. To read more about the types of environmental assessment required to be undertaken for mining and CSG projects, see our Fact Sheets on mining and CSG.
  • To comment on draft plans and policies regulating how development impacts on Aboriginal cultural heritage, visit the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website. The types of plans and policies made can include strategic planning for certain regions, and draft legislation. The public can submit comments to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure. To read more about plans and policies, see our Fact Sheet on LEPs and SEPPs.
  • To comment on draft Local Environmental Plans (LEPs), contact your local council – these will usually be advertised on their website. There is also a LEP tracking system on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s website where you can track the progress of the LEP-making process. To read more about LEPs, see our Fact Sheet on LEPs and SEPPs.
  • Contact your local council to see if you can speak at a council meeting. If you have made a submission on a proposed development, you may have a chance to have your say at the council meeting where the development is being considered. For more information about speaking at a council meeting, see How can I have my say?.

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.