North East Link referred the project to the Minister for Planning for a decision on whether an Environment Effects Statement (EES) was required. Read the project outline (pdf).
The Minister for Planning issued draft scoping requirements for public comment. The scoping requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES. View the draft scoping requirements (pdf).
The Minister for Planning issued final scoping requirements. View the final scoping requirements (pdf).
The Minister for Planning appointed an independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee to review the EES and public submissions, chair a public hearing and make a report of recommendations to help inform the Minister’s assessment of the project. Read the details of the committee members (pdf).
The independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee held a Directions Hearing to make arrangements for and answer questions about the Public Hearing.
The independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee chaired a public hearing to meet and speak with expert witnesses as well as people and organisations who had made written submissions. Read the documents tabled, including statements from expert witnesses, and links to recordings on the Engage Victoria website.
The independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee submitted a report of recommendations to the Minister for Planning. Read the report of recommendations (pdf).
The Minister for Planning released his assessment of the EES. The assessment helped inform decisions about whether approvals for the project should be granted and what conditions should apply. See the assessment of the EES (pdf) and read more about the key approval documents.