> The assessment process

The CEIP is subject to two assessment and three decision-making processes for the MP and EIS:

  1. Mine: A mining lease application, including a comprehensive mining proposal (MP) has been submitted for assessment under the Mining Act 1971. A decision on this application will be made by the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy or his delegate.
  2. Infrastructure: An environmental impact statement (EIS) for the infrastructure components (including a port, rail line, borefield, power and accommodation village), all of which have been declared a Major Development under s46 of the Development Act 1993, has been submitted for assessment. A decision on this application will be made by the South Australian Governor with advice from Cabinet.
  3. Matters of national environmental significance: Content addressing potential impacts on Southern Right Whales from shipping movements in the Spencer Gulf has been submitted in the EIS for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth). A decision on this component of the application will be made by the Commonwealth Minister for Environment or his delegate.

The following flowchart shows the process of assessment to be conducted for the CEIP:

The assessment process

More information on the processes under each Act

Mining Act

Information on the mining proposal and assessment process for Iron Road's application under the Mining Act:

Development Act

Information on the development assessment process for Iron Road's application under the Development Act 1993:

Further information on the section 46 Major Development provisions of the Development Act 1993:

Guidelines released in November 2014 by the Development Assessment Commission for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement Cape Hardy deep sea port, infrastructure corridor and long term employee village:

EPBC Act

Iron Road referred the actions to be undertaken for the mining and infrastructure components of the CEIP to the Commonwealth Department of the Environment under the EPBC Act.

These referrals were published and public comment was invited ahead of the decision on whether the proposed actions would impact Matters of National Environmental Significance under the EPBC Act and be controlled or not.

The Commonwealth determined that the infrastructure referral was a 'controlled action' and required assessment.

The Matters of National Environmental Significance will be assessed under a bilateral agreement between the South Australian and Commonwealth Governments.

The bilateral agreement allows the South Australian Government to undertake the assessment of the actions controlled under the EPBC Act. The Commonwealth Minister for Environment or his delegate can then rely on this assessment in making his decision on whether to approve the action or not.

Further information on the bilateral agreement