Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 No 203
75J Giving of approval by Minister to carry out project
(a) the proponent makes an application for the approval of the Minister under this Part to carry out a project, and
(b) the Director-General has given his or her report on the project to the Minister,
the Minister may approve or disapprove of the carrying out of the project.
(2) The Minister, when deciding whether or not to approve the carrying out of a project, is to consider:
(a) the Director-General’s report on the project and the reports, advice and recommendations (and the statement relating to compliance with environmental assessment requirements) contained in the report, and
(b) if the proponent is a public authority—any advice provided by the Minister having portfolio responsibility for the proponent, and
(c) any findings or recommendations of the Planning Assessment Commission following a review in respect of the project.
(3) In deciding whether or not to approve the carrying out of a project, the Minister may (but is not required to) take into account the provisions of any environmental planning instrument that would not (because of section 75R) apply to the project if approved. However, the regulations may preclude approval for the carrying out of a class of project (other than a critical infrastructure project) that such an instrument would otherwise prohibit.
(4) A project may be approved under this Part with such modifications of the project or on such conditions as the Minister may determine.
(5) The conditions of approval for the carrying out of a project may require the proponent to comply with any obligations in a statement of commitments made by the proponent (including by entering into a planning agreement referred to in section 93F).