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The latest issue of the Local Government Law Journal (Volume 21 Part 4) contains the following material:

The New South Wales Joint Expert Report Policy – reflections of an SIA practitioner Alison Ziller

While concerns about the likely effects of developments on human welfare are the core business of land-use planning, social impact assessments (SIAs) – the formal documentation of these inquiries – are less consistently used. SIAs are more likely to be prepared by a proponent than a consent authority, except when a refusal is appealed in court. The New South Wales Land and Environment Court’s Joint Expert Report Policy imposes a structure on this somewhat lopsided practice environment. This article explores some of the consequences of that policy on SIA expert witness reports and makes recommendations to improve the process.


  • Victoria – Lawrie Groom
  • Western Australia – Ross Fletcher and Shona Shah


For the PDF version of the table of contents, click here: LGLJ Vol 21 No 4 Contents.

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