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Publications archive - Ecologically Sustainable Development


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Prepared by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Steering Committee
Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments
December, 1992
ISBN 0 644 27253 8

Environmental Impact Assessment
Part 3 Intersectoral Issues - Chapter 15


To minimise the environmental damage associated with human activity by improving environmental impact assessment processes, particularly their consistency, transparency and comprehensiveness.

Strategic Approach

Governments will focus on improving the coverage and effectiveness of the EIA process and subsequent decision making process. In addition they will improve, by coordinated effort, the quality and use of the existing knowledge base in assessing the acceptability of environmental impacts in relation to the possible economic benefits and cultural, social and community values and services.

Objective 15.1

Governments will:

Objective 15.2

Governments will: