Process for offshore wind in Australia
We engage with various government agencies to understand risks to environment, shipping, aviation and defence when mapping out a proposed area.
Public consultation is open for a minimum of 60 days. We advertise the proposal so you know how to provide your feedback.
The Minister considers all submissions and makes a decision to declare all of the proposed area, some of the proposed area or to not declare the area at all.
Proponents apply for feasibility licences. Applications are assessed against the merit criteria, before the Minister grants feasibility licences to successful proponents. A feasibility licence lasts for 7 years.
Feasibility licence holders begin studies on the area. Environmental and other approvals are acquired during the feasibility licence period. Public consultation is required as part of environmental approvals under the EPBC Act.
Feasibility licence holders develop management plans that must address workplace health and safety, conditions or requirements of other approvals, and coexistence with other marine users and industries. Management plans must be approved by the Offshore Infrastructure Regulator before a proponent can apply for a commercial licence.
Proponents apply for commercial licences. The Minister grants commercial licences only if all required criteria have been met
Once a commercial licence is granted, proponents can begin construction. Consultation with directly impacted marine businesses is required throughout construction and operation. Projects must be decommissioned at the end of their life.