Resource developers

Validation assessment process

You only need to undertake an on-ground assessment where you want to refine the extent of strategic cropping land (SCL). If you accept that land is SCL, you do not need to undertake an on-ground assessment.

Step 1:

Is your proposed development on land shown as potential SCL on the trigger map?

Step 2:

Identify which zone the land is in:

Step 3:

Consult the appropriate SCL criteria 

Step 4:

Are you satisfied that the trigger map is correct and do you accept that the land meets the SCL criteria?

Assessment process A

  1. Different development assessment rules apply in the protection and management areas:

    Protection area:  If the land is within a protection area, you will be required to avoid and minimise to the maximum extent possible, any temporary or permanent impacts on SCL.

    If SCL cannot be avoided, temporary development may proceed if SCL can be restored to its pre-development condition. If SCL cannot be avoided and will be permanently impacted, the development can only proceed in limited exceptional circumstances.

    Submit an exceptional circumstances application if necessary (you may wish to submit this application before you lodge an SCL protection decision application). If your project is determined to be an 'exceptional circumstance', you will still be required to make all efforts to avoid and minimise any temporary or permanent impacts on SCL and mitigate any permanent impacts.

    Management area: If the land is within the management area, you must also accept that the land has a history of cropping.

    You will be required to avoid and minimise to the maximum extent possible, any temporary or permanent impacts on SCL. Where this is not possible, you will be required to mitigate any permanent impacts.

  2. Submit an SCL compliance certificate application to comply with the standard conditions code or an SCL protection decision application for resource activities that cannot comply with the standard conditions code.

Assessment process B

  1. Conduct an on-ground assessment using the appropriate criteria and guidelines.

  2. Different development assessment rules apply in the protection and management areas:

    Protection area:
      If the land is within a protection area, submit Part A and C of the SCL validation form to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) to confirm the status of the land. If DNRM decides the land is SCL, you will be required to avoid and minimise to the maximum extent possible, any temporary or permanent impacts on identified SCL.

    If SCL cannot be avoided, temporary development may proceed if SCL can be restored to its pre-development condition. If SCL cannot be avoided and will be permanently impacted, the development can only proceed in limited exceptional circumstances.

    Submit an exceptional circumstances application if necessary (you may wish to submit this application before you lodge an SCL protection decision application). If your project is determined to be an 'exceptional circumstance', you will still be required to make all efforts to avoid and minimise any temporary or permanent impacts on SCL and mitigate any permanent impacts.

    Management area: If the land is SCL and within the management area, the land will also need to be assessed for a history of cropping, unless you accept that it has a history of cropping.

    Submit Part A, B and C of the SCL validation form to DNRM to confirm the status of the land. If DNRM decides the land is SCL and meets the cropping history test, you will be required to avoid and minimise to the maximum extent possible, any temporary or permanent impacts on identified SCL. Where this is not possible, you will be required to mitigate any permanent impacts.

  3. Submit an SCL compliance certificate application to comply with the standard conditions code or an SCL protection decision application for resource activities that cannot comply with the standard conditions code.

Please note: From 30 January 2012, any undecided environmental authority applications for resource activities on SCL or potential SCL will be subject to the requirements of the Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011. If your proposed development is considered to be a transitional project, you will be required to avoid and minimise any temporary or permanent impacts on SCL, and mitigate any permanent impacts.

Application fees

The SCL fee structure is incorporated into the Strategic Cropping Land Regulation 2011.

Temporary and permanent impacts

Impacts on SCL will be assessed as temporary or permanent.

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SCL standard conditions code

The standard conditions code simplifies the SCL compliance framework for certain resource activities that have a temporary impact and pose a relatively low risk of adversely impacting SCL.

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Mitigation arrangements

The objective of mitigation arrangements is to address the loss of agricultural productive value that occurs where a development results in permanent impacts on SCL.

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Transitional arrangements

Transitional arrangements apply to proposed resource development projects that have met certain milestones in the assessment process.

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State Planning Policy

The single State Planning Policy ensures that development assessment under local government planning schemes includes appropriate consideration of SCL. See the Urban developers page for more information on this assessment process.

Frequently asked questions

For more information or further clarification on a particular issue, refer to the frequently asked questions.

More information

For more information email sclenquiries@dnrm.qld.gov.au or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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Last updated 2 December 2013

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