Reserve Activity Assessment Process Reform - Statutory Environmental Impact Assessment Process Consultation Paper

​​​​​​​​​​​​Consultation​ Paper open for public comment

NRE Tas invites submissions on the Consultation Paper: National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 - Reserve Activity Assessment Process Reform – Statutory Environmental Impact Assessment Process.​


 RAA Process Reform Consultation Paper (PDF 2Mb)

This paper is designed to facilitate a conversation with all interested stakeholders on the proposal for amendments to the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002  (NPRMA) to establish the key components and phases of a proposed statutory environmental impact assessment process on reserve land. 

The paper addresses some key issues:

  • What criteria could assist in determining whether a proposed use or development on reserve land requires assessment under the proposed statutory assessment process.

  • Establishment and composition of an Independent Assessment Panel.

  • Transparency of process and decision making.

  • Appeal rights.

  • Recovery of costs.

  • Publication of leases and licences.

The paper is structured around these key issues and presents information on how proposed amendments to the Act could be developed. 

A supplementary Information Sheet discusses the existing management planning process for reserve land under the NPRMA and proposes some additional process for consideration. One of these processes utilises the proposed statutory RAA process. 

 Information Sheet - Proposed Management Plan Planning Processes (PDF 218Kb)

Submissions on the consultation paper are open from 11 January to 29 March 2024.

How to have your say ​

​The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development of Government policy and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania is seeking your input on the consultation paper. 

All written submissions on the consultation paper must be received by 11:59 pm on 29 March 2024.

Submissions can be made:

  • Online - using the online form below
  • by email -, or
  • ​by post -  GPO Box 44, Hobart, TAS 7001

In addition to seeking written feedback on this paper, we will also be supporting direct engagement with key stakeholders. 

For more information please contact

Making an online submission

Please fill in the following information. 

You can upload a submission file in the 'Upload a file here' section below.

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Accessibili​​ty of submissions

The government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring that government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs. 

Please contact NRE Tas at if you require assistance with making a submission. 

The government cannot take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.​

Privacy and copy​​right information

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website.

No personal information other than an individual's name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

Important infor​​mation to note

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise. 

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, place the confidential comments into the ‘Confidential comments’ box on the submission form. Your submission should also explain the reasons why you wish for all or part of the submission to remain confidential. 

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), NRE Tas will treat the submission as public.

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.

NRE Tas will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals, then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Right to info​​rmation

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish for all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to disclose the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide your views on the disclosure of the information.​​

N​ext steps

We will continue to work closely with Tasmanian Aboriginal people, non-government organisations, local government, reserve users, tourism proponents, developers and the Tasmanian community to ensure we get this right. Your input to the paper will help ensure we continue to protect and manage Tasmanian reserves.

The submissions received on this paper will be used to inform the drafting of the legislation amendments, which will be released in the form of a draft Bill for further consultation. 

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​Consultation Paper to facilitate engagement and stakeholder meetings held​​
11 ​Jan - 29 March 2024
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Summary report on issues identified by Government, Key Stakeholders, and other stakeholders​​

May 2024
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​Public consultation on the draft Bill 

​Mid 2024
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​Delivery of draft Bill to Government
 Late 2024


RAA Reform
Strategic Projects and Policy Branch
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001