Environment & planning

CarbonNet is subject to comprehensive environmental assessment, approval and licensing processes before it can be constructed. These include:

  • Pipeline licence applications.
  • Referrals under both the Victorian Environment Effects Act (EES) and the Environment Projection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The Victorian Pipelines Act (2005) approvals require a range of assessments to be undertaken onshore and offshore, including:

  • Flora and fauna.
  • Aboriginal cultural heritage.
  • Historical heritage.
  • Noise.
  • Landscape and visual.
  • Social.
  • Business.
  • Surface Water.
  • Groundwater.
  • Traffic and transport.
  • Marine mammals.
  • Benthic ecology, fish and invertebrates.
  • Seabirds and shorebirds.
  • Marine Protected Areas, Commercial and recreational fisheries.
  • Maritime heritage.

There will be extensive consultation with stakeholders and the community to inform this next phase. Consultation opportunities will include stalls at local farmers' markets, attendance at community events, and information in local papers including CarbonNet contact details.

Environment Effects Statement (EES)

Before a major project like this can go ahead it must meet a series of stringent planning requirements. CarbonNet will go through a pipeline licence application and EES referral process which includes consulting with landowners, communities and other stakeholders to confirm that all potential impacts are carefully considered and addressed before the project can proceed.

The EES process is a comprehensive process for assessing potential impacts of large-scale projects and how those effects will be managed. A study program will be developed, and this is reviewed by the Department of Transport and Planning.

CarbonNet welcomes the opportunity to engage with the community and stakeholders on issues that concern them and build confidence in the project.

Once the EES investigations are completed, a report is prepared for the Minister of Planning. The Minister makes a recommendation on the project.

The Minister’s assessment of the EES will inform the statutory approval decision-makers who make the final decisions, once the EES exhibition phase is complete.

Page last updated: 17 July 2023