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 documents detailing how mining and CSG projects will impact the environment, visit the NSW Department of Industry (Resources and Energy) website. The types documents exhibited include species 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 development, visit the NSW Department of Planning and Environment's 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.
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.