Key steps in the EES process

In 2018 and 2019, we’ve been working on the technical studies needed for planning approvals, including to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES).

An EES is Victoria’s most stringent and transparent impact assessment process. It gives decision makers such as the Planning Minister and EPA Victoria the information they need to determine whether planning approvals should be granted and what conditions should apply.

Key steps in the EES process

Early 2018 – North East Link referred the project to the Minister for Planning. Read the project outline here.

2 February 2018 – Minister decided that an EES is required. Read the declaration here.

22 May 2018 – Minister issued draft Scoping Requirements for public comment.

24 June 2018 – Minister issued final Scoping Requirements. Read the Scoping Requirements here.

Wednesday 10 April 2019 – The EES went on display for 40 days and was open for public submissions

Friday 7 June 2019 – EES submissions closed at 5 pm

Friday 21 June 2019 – Directions Hearing held to make arrangements for and answer questions about the Public Hearing

Mid 2019 – The Minister for Planning appointed an independent panel to review the EES and public submissions received and make recommendations.

Thursday 25 July 2019 – The Public Hearing commences and continues until Friday 13 September.

Late 2019 – The Minister for Planning will prepare an assessment of the EES.

Late 2019 – Planning approvals following Ministerial assessment.

Construction for North East Link is expected to start in early 2020 with the road opening to traffic in 2027.