Environmental assessment and approvals

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The Star of the South project will go through comprehensive environmental assessment and approvals processes. We expect this to take at least two years.

Environmental assessments

In April 2020 we submitted referrals under the Environment Effects (EE) Act and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act to assess the project's construction and operation.

The Victorian Government has confirmed the project will undergo an Environment Effects Statement under the EE Act.

The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has confirmed that we’ll undergo an environmental impact assessment under the EPBC Act.

Referrals are published on government websites - see the links on the right side of this page.

Project approval

As there are no existing offshore wind projects in Australia, we're working with government on how we can best investigate and develop the project.

We currently hold an exploration licence for investigations off the south coast of Gippsland.

To build and operate an offshore wind farm, we will need a commercial licence. The Australian Government is currently working on a new regulatory framework to enable offshore clean energy projects. We are closely following this process as it provides a pathway for constructing and operating offshore wind farms in Australia. Find out more on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources website.

Other approvals and consents may also be needed. These will be identified through the assessment process and in consultation with regulatory agencies.

Site investigations - approved to proceed

In 2019, we submitted a referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act to assess our geophysical and geotechnical investigations.

The Australian Government has determined that the site investigation activities are not a controlled action if undertaken in a particular manner.

The referral is published on the Department of Environment and Energy's website.

The Star of the South project will go through comprehensive environmental assessment and approvals processes. We expect this to take at least two years.

Environmental assessments

In April 2020 we submitted referrals under the Environment Effects (EE) Act and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act to assess the project's construction and operation.

The Victorian Government has confirmed the project will undergo an Environment Effects Statement under the EE Act.

The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has confirmed that we’ll undergo an environmental impact assessment under the EPBC Act.

Referrals are published on government websites - see the links on the right side of this page.

Project approval

As there are no existing offshore wind projects in Australia, we're working with government on how we can best investigate and develop the project.

We currently hold an exploration licence for investigations off the south coast of Gippsland.

To build and operate an offshore wind farm, we will need a commercial licence. The Australian Government is currently working on a new regulatory framework to enable offshore clean energy projects. We are closely following this process as it provides a pathway for constructing and operating offshore wind farms in Australia. Find out more on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources website.

Other approvals and consents may also be needed. These will be identified through the assessment process and in consultation with regulatory agencies.

Site investigations - approved to proceed

In 2019, we submitted a referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act to assess our geophysical and geotechnical investigations.

The Australian Government has determined that the site investigation activities are not a controlled action if undertaken in a particular manner.

The referral is published on the Department of Environment and Energy's website.