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Social Impact Assessment

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) refers to the evaluation of the social consequences of a proposed decision or action (such as development proposals, plans, policies, and projects) on affected groups of people and on their way of life, life chances, health, culture and capacity to sustain these.

Required SIA

A detailed SIA is required for the following development applications (DA's):



Type of Development Size scale
Residential flat building (for projects located outside of the CBD only) > 100 units
Affordable housing (does not apply to secondary dwellings) > 20 units
Group Homes All
Social Housing All
Boarding Houses > 10 rooms

Liquor and Gaming

Type of development Size scale
Extended trading hours,
wholesale licence sale, liquor
retail outlet and licensed
Pubs (LEP definition) Bottle Shops/Registered Club/Nightclub/Licence Public Entertainment Venue All
Gaming/poker machine licences > 10 machines or licenses


Type of development Size scale
Educational Establishments (includes schools, TAFE and Universities) New or major

Religious Facilities

Type of development Size scale
Places of Public Worship > 250 patrons


Type of development Size scale
Major Shopping Centre New or expansion by 20, 000 sqm
Sex Services premises
Restricted premises
All sex-service premises


Type of development Size scale
Passenger transport
Major public utility undertaking
SIA for responding to proponent applications and where City of Parramatta is not the consent authority

health Services

Type of development Size scale
Health Services Facilities New or major

Urban Development

Type of development Size scale
Planning proposals that seek
major (major complexity)
Recreation Facility Major

Qualified practitioners

A SIA should be conducted by a suitably qualified person with a social science background, training and/or extensive experience in the field of community needs analysis and community consultation. The qualified practitioner should also be familiar with the types of information and may work in a range of fields including social planning, sociology, human geography, anthropology and town planning.

SIA report content

When lodging a SIA the following level of information and analysis is required:


Description of the proposed development including geographic location.


Pre–change demographics of the suburb that the development is located in.


Description of the key stakeholders affected by the proposal. Consider:

  • individuals and organisations
  • any specific communities of interest relevant to the area/ activity (e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders).

Consultation Processes

Explanation of processes used to collect and consider feedback from key stakeholders.

Proposed Changes

Identify the key changes (physical and demographic) likely to occur from the proposed development/activity.

Probable Impacts

Analysis of how the proposed changes are likely to impact on key stakeholders. Give consideration to the following areas (pick those that are relevant):

  • health
  • housing
  • earning ability
  • safety
  • neighbourhood identity
  • belonging and connection to community
  • access to and usage of community facilities and services
  • social Equity (needs of disadvantaged groups/displacement etc).

Download the Social Assessment Guidelines for more information on scoping questions.


Summary of report findings:

  • key changes as a result of the proposed development
  • key probable positive impacts
  • key probable negative impacts
  • mitigation strategies / plan to manage the probable negative impacts.

SIA Author

Description of the report author, their qualifications and capacity to complete the assessment.

SIA review

City of Parramatta staff will review the SIA report and consider the following:

  • data/research validity
  • whether the critical impacts have been satisfactorily identified
  • whether the mitigation and monitoring measures are appropriate and support positive social outcomes for the community.

A report will be provided to Council on the planned development activity, including the social impacts. Conditions of Consent for Council’s consideration will be identified and suggested, as well as any gaps within the report. Council will evaluate the SIA data as part of its consideration of the DA, which it will then decide to approve (with or without conditions of consent) or refuse.

More information

Download the full Social Impact Assessment Guidelines below. 


Contact City of Parramatta's Duty planner.

e: council@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au
p:  9806 5000
In person at City of Parramatta, 126 Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2150