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SSUD12-212: Environmental and Economic Impact Assessment


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the lynchpin of development approvals for public and private sector projects in Australia and many developed and developing countries. No large project in Australia proceeds without an EIA, although the form of EIA can differ. Environmental Impact Assessment is a dedicated statutory process where the environmental, economic and social impacts of projects are assessed by government. Demand for professionals with practical knowledge of EIA is very high in both the public and private sector. In this subject you will gain a detailed understanding and practical knowledge of the EIA processes in Queensland and other states and territories, and internationally. You will learn the skills necessary to be in a professional in the field of EIA through a focus on contemporary real world examples including LNG (liquefied natural gas) development, large scale property developments, port projects and bauxite mining. A specific focus on economic impact analysis is also included.

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FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the principles and practice of EIA, in general and as it is applied in Australia and selected other countries. 2. Comprehend the inter-relationships between the ecologocal, economic and social impacts of proposals/projects. 3. Learn how to scope an assessment with the objective of determining the critical issues to be analysed and identify the irrelevant ones. 4. Be able to determine when high-level expert advice is required in the preparation of an EIA and draft the terms of reference for consultants. 5. Write parts of an EIA where you have the expertise; edit the total EIA in a professional manner.

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