The environmental impact assessment process for each Defence activity or project that requires assessment is dictated in an Environmental Impact Assessment Strategy (EIAS). The EIAS is developed by the Directorate of Environmental Protection and Assessments (DEPA) in EE Branch or by an Assistant Director Environment and Sustainability (ADES) or a Regional Environmental and Sustainability Officer (RESO) in the regions. The EIAS will identify a Lead Environmental Officer (LEO) who will be your main point of contact for the environmental aspects of your activity or project. An EIAS may require amendment during the planning or development phases of an activity or project due to changes in scope, or the nature or extent of the likely impacts.
The preparation of an EIAS for an infrastructure project is triggered by the submission of the Estate Investment Proposal (EIP) to EE Branch's Project Review and Assessment Process (PRAP) at the commencement of the project. For capability projects it is triggered by submitting a draft Potential Environmental Risks Matrix to DEPA directly. For other Defence activities such as training exercises and scientific trials the EIAS is typically triggered following discussions with Assistant Directors Environment and Sustainability, Regional Environment and Sustainability Officers and DEPA.
For further detail on the EIA process and FAQs please review the Defence Environmental Assessment and Approval Strategy 2014 and the Environmental Impact Assessment and Approval tasks described below.
Task 3 - LEO (most likely the REO) and / or the Project Director / Project Officer / Project Delivery Officer prepares a draft Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) based on an analysis of the information from the environmental assessment process