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Public exhibition of Sydney Opera House Renewal plans under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)

Sydney Opera House Building Renewal Program - Safety, Accessibility and Venue Enhancements (2016/7825).

The Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy (DEE) administers the EPBC Act, under which the Sydney Opera House is protected by Part 3, World & National Heritage Properties.

The Opera House’s current Renewal plans include a package of works which the DEE has determined to be a controlled action requiring assessment under the EPBC Act. The works include:

  • Accessibility and venue upgrades to the Joan Sutherland Theatre;
  • New eastern office accommodation;
  • Replacement of the existing function centre (external marquee) with a new facility inside the building; and
  • A new, secondary ballet rehearsal room.

The controlling provisions under Part 3 of the EPBC Act are ‘World Heritage Properties’ (sections 12 & 15A) and ‘National Heritage Places’ (section 15B & 15C). In accordance with Section 95A(3) the documents related to the proposal are available for viewing and comment for a period of 10 business days.

The preliminary documentation is available at:

  • Sydney Opera House – Stage Door, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000
  • State Library of NSW – Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000 (outside the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room)
  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment – Level 2, 320 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Department of the Environment and Energy – 51 Allara St, Canberra City ACT 2601

It can also be viewed electronically by clicking on the links below:

Preliminary Documentation Report
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4
Appendix 5
Appendix 6
Appendix 7
Appendix 8
Appendix 9

Interested persons and organisations are invited to submit comments in writing to:
Renewal Public Exhibition, Sydney Opera House
GPO Box 4274, Sydney, NSW, 2001
Or by Email:
Comments are to be received by close of business on Wednesday 26 April.

Persons with special needs (i.e. for whom English is a second language or who has a vision impairment) may contact Sydney Opera House by email: or phone: 02 9250 7559 for assistance accessing the material, without charge.