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The Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA) contains provisions for Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) under Part 5 Chapter 8 of the Act. These provisions are intended to be used for Queensland based projects deemed to fall under the Commonwealth Government’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

For the relevant projects, the IPA EIS provisions replace elements of the information request and the notification stage of the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS). The EIS provisions should be read in conjunction with the Integrated Planning Regulation 2007.

The IPA EIS Guideline provides more information on the EIS process. Contact the department for further information or to request training.

Controlled action referrals

A controlled action development is one which has been declared by the Australian Government Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.  Not all controlled actions referred to Queensland will use the IPA EIS provisions. Some projects may use one of the other accredited EIS process under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 and the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

The department has the discretion to determine if a project will use the IPA EIS process. The criteria for making this decision are contained in the Integrated Planning Regulation 2007.

Proponents of development for which a controlled action decision to use the IPA EIS process has been made should submit their terms of reference application form (pdf 33 KB) as early as possible in the development assessment process.

Generic terms of reference

Generic terms of reference for developments that may use the IPA EIS process have been prepared. Terms of reference for specific projects will be based upon these generic terms of reference.