Statutory assessment and approvals

Like other major infrastructure projects, Suburban Rail Loop requires assessment and statutory approvals.

Rail infrastructure for SRL East will be assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) – Victoria’s most comprehensive and transparent planning and environmental assessment process.

Supported by a range of technical investigations and studies, the EES will carefully consider potential environmental, urban design, traffic and transport, business, social and land use impacts. It will also identify requirements that may be put in place to avoid, mitigate or manage adverse effects of these impacts on people and the environment.

In addition to SRLA’s ongoing engagement with the community and stakeholders, there will be opportunities for people to provide input as part of the formal assessment process.

The EES is managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on behalf of the Minister for Planning.

If you would like to know more, read our planning and environmental assessment fact sheet and environment effects statement fact sheet.

Project declaration

In November 2020 a project outline was prepared to inform the Minister for Planning in his consideration of whether to declare SRL East as ‘public works’ under Section 3 of the Environment Effects Act 1978.

On 20 December 2020 the Minister for Planning decided that an EES was required for SRL East.

The EES process is coordinated by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment Land Water and Planning on behalf of the Minister for Planning.

Learn more about the Environment Effects Statement process.

Final scoping requirements

The scoping requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES.

Draft scoping requirements for this EES were on public exhibition from 26 March to 19 April 2021.

After considering public submissions on the draft scoping requirements, the Minister for Planning issued final scoping requirements in July 2021.