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Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 No 63
Current version for 1 July 2019 to date (accessed 20 September 2019 at 15:28)
Part 7 Division 5
Division 5 Preparation of species impact statements
7.20   Form and content of species impact statement
(1)  A species impact statement for the purposes of this Part must be in writing signed by the principal author of the statement and by the applicant for development consent or the proponent of the activity proposed to be carried out (as the case requires).
(2)  A species impact statement must include a full description of the proposed development or activity and the information as to matters relating to the impact on threatened species or ecological communities as is required by the regulations.
(3)  A species impact statement must include details of the qualifications and experience in threatened species conservation of the person preparing the statement and of any other person who has conducted research or investigations relied on in preparing the statement.
(4)  The requirements of this section in relation to information concerning the State-wide conservation status of any species or ecological community are taken to be satisfied by the information in that regard supplied to the principal author of the species impact statement by the Environment Agency Head.
(5)  The regulations may make further provision for or with respect to the form and content of species impact statements.
7.21   Environment Agency Head’s requirements for species impact statements
(1)  The applicant for development consent or the proponent of the activity proposed to be carried out (as the case requires) must, for the purposes of the preparation of a species impact statement under this Part, request the Environment Agency Head to provide (and must comply with) any requirements notified to the applicant or proponent by the Agency Head concerning the form and content of the species impact statement.
(2)  The Environment Agency Head must notify any such requirements within 28 days after having been requested to provide them.
(3)  The Environment Agency Head may notify requirements that apply generally to the preparation of species impact statements or may notify separate requirements that apply to the particular species impact statement.
(4)  Despite anything to the contrary in this Part, the Environment Agency Head may:
(a)  vary the matters otherwise required to be included in a species impact statement in a particular case, or
(b)  dispense with the requirement of a species impact statement to assess the impact on biodiversity values that are required to be assessed in a biodiversity development assessment report submitted with the species impact statement, or
(c)  dispense with the requirement for a species impact statement in a particular case if the Agency Head is satisfied that the impact of the action concerned will be trivial or negligible.