Update 18 December 2020

The Public Hearing for the Crib Point Gas Import Jetty and Crib Point-Pakenham Gas Pipeline Project concluded on 17 December 2020. The joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) and Panel must submit its report by 22 February 2021, in accordance with the Terms of Reference.

The final version 47 document list (PDF) has been published.

The Committee will no longer accept any further documentation from parties or submitters.

All documentation presented to the Committee during the pre-hearing and hearing stages including tabled documents and submissions will be removed from this webpage three months after the IAC submits its report.


The joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) was appointed to consider the Environment Effects Statement (EES), draft Planning Scheme Amendments (PSA), and Works Approval Application (WAA) prepared for the project to advise the Minister for Planning. The IAC is also appointed as a Panel to consider and advise the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on the pipeline license application. The IAC comprises Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair), Jacquelle Gorski, Chris Harty and Trevor McCullough. See the IAC member biographies here.

The IAC will:

  • hear submitters in an independent forum through video conferencing
  • be relatively informal and not like a court
  • give fair, unbiased advice to the Minister for Planning about the EES and draft planning scheme amendment, the Environment Protection Authority about the works approval application, and the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change about the pipeline.

The proposal includes two components:

  • Gas Import Jetty Works comprising a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at Crib Point Jetty, jetty infrastructure including marine loading arms and gas piping on the jetty, and the Crib Point Receiving Facility on land adjacent to the jetty.
  • Pipeline Works consisting of an underground gas transmission pipeline approximately 57 kilometres long to transport gas from the Crib Point Receiving Facility to the Victorian Transmission System east of Pakenham, and associated infrastructure such as the Pakenham Delivery Facility to monitor and regulate the gas, two above-ground mainline valves to enable isolation of the pipeline in an emergency and a facility to enable in-line inspections of the pipeline.

The project was on public exhibition between 2 July and 26 August 2020.

You may inspect the EES, draft Planning Scheme Amendments, Works Approval Application, Pipeline Licence and any related documents free of charge on the joint AGL and APA Gas Import Jetty and Gas Pipeline Project webpage.

Inquiry and Committee Process

Directions Hearing

The IAC convened a Directions Hearing on Thursday 17 September 2020 by videoconference.

Public Hearing

The Hearing allows for:

  • The Proponent to set out its case in full and provide evidence in support of the Project
  • Municipal Councils, agencies, community groups and submitters to speak to their submissions and call evidence if required.

The Hearing will commence at 10.00am on Monday 12 October 2020 and run for ten weeks. The Hearing is open to the public at all times, and anyone can view the proceedings.

The Proponent will provide an opening submission on Day 1, and Minister for Planning, Councils (Mornington Peninsula, Cardinia and Bass Coast), Environment Protection Authority Victoria, the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and two key community groups (Save Westernport and Environment Victoria) will provide a brief opening on Day 2. The Proponent will then commence its case in full on Day 3.

The parties and submitters will be scheduled in the following general order:

  • AGL and APA Group (the Proponents)
  • The Minister for Planning
  • Municipal Councils
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Municipal Councils
  • Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Industry/business groups
  • Key community groups (Environment Victoria and Save Westernport)
  • Other community groups
  • Individual submitters.

All submitters who have requested to be heard will be allocated a time to present to the IAC. The IAC will consider all written submissions when preparing its report, including those from sububmitters who do not wish to be heard.

What will attending and speaking at the Hearing be like?

There is a guide on what to expect when presenting at the Public Hearing. This can be found in the Document Library.

The IAC has issued the following documents which can be viewed below:

  • Notification Letter, issued on Friday 4 September outlining the arrangements for the hearing process.
  • Request for Further Information, issued on Wednesday 16 September, outlining matters for response by the Proponent.
  • Preliminary Directions, issued on Friday, 18 September, outlining preliminary Directions for the hearing process
  • Directions and Timetable Version 1, issued on Wednesday 23 September, outlining Directions and Timetable before the Hearing commencing on 12 October
  • Timetable Version 2, Issued on Thursday 8 October, outlining the Timetable for the first seven weeks of the Hearing
  • Further Directions, Issued on Thursday 8 October, outlining expert witness instructions
  • Timetable Version 3, Issued on Friday 16 October, outlining to the Version 2 Timetable
  • Timetable Version 4, Issued on 29 October, outlining changes to the Version 3 Timetable
  • Timetable Version 5, Issued on 4 November, outlining the presentation times of individual, community and industry submitters
  • Timetable Version 6, Issued on 12 November, outlining changes to the Version 5 Timetable

Please note that your submission will be treated as a public document in accordance with the Privacy Collection Statement (which can be accessed through Document Library) which may include provisions to other parties and display in the Hearing. You should not include any other personal information in the submission, such as email and phone details, unless that information can be made publicly available. You can request access to your personal information held by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning by contacting the Freedom of Information Unit on (03) 9637 8186 or FOI.unit@delwp.vic.gov.au


For questions about the Inquiry and Advisory Committee process and making a submission please contact:

Name Planning Panels Victoria
Phone 136 186
Email cribpoint.IAC@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions about the Minister's Assessment and EES process, please contact:

Name Impact Assessment Unit, DELWP
Phone (03) 8392 5503
Email environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions about the Crib Point AGL Gas Import Jetty Project, EES documentation, and accessibility requirements please contact:

Name AGL Gas Import Jetty Project
Phone 1800 039 600
Email AGLcommunity@agl.com.au
Website gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/

For questions about the Crib Point-Pakenham Gas Pipeline Project, EES documentation, and accessibility requirements please contact:

Name APA Crib Point-Pakenham Gas Pipeline Project
Phone 1800 531 811
Email cribpointpakenham@apa.com.au
Website gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/

For questions about the Works Approval Application, please contact:

Name EPA Victoria
Phone 1300 372 842
Website www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-approvals

For questions about the Pipeline License Application please contact:

Name Pipeline Regulator Victoria
Phone 136 186
Email pipeline.regulation@delwp.vic.gov.au
Website gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/