Environmental assessment and approvals

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The Star of the South project is going 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.

Licensing and regulation

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

A further licence will be needed to construct, operate and decommission an offshore wind farm.

Australia does not currently have legislation to support the full development of offshore renewable energy projects like the Star of the South. The Australian Government is developing a regulatory framework which would provide a pathway to apply for a licence.

The framework will recognise all users and balance competing interests. Formal government consultation will take place before a site is declared suitable for offshore wind development.

The responsible Minister will make licensing decisions under the framework, including the granting of licences.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is proposed to operate as the Offshore Energy Regulator.

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 Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment's website.

The Star of the South project is going 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.

Licensing and regulation

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

A further licence will be needed to construct, operate and decommission an offshore wind farm.

Australia does not currently have legislation to support the full development of offshore renewable energy projects like the Star of the South. The Australian Government is developing a regulatory framework which would provide a pathway to apply for a licence.

The framework will recognise all users and balance competing interests. Formal government consultation will take place before a site is declared suitable for offshore wind development.

The responsible Minister will make licensing decisions under the framework, including the granting of licences.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is proposed to operate as the Offshore Energy Regulator.

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 Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment's website.