We prepare Social and Economic Impact Assessments for government, community and business clients for proposed policy changes and for a range of development proposals such as major urban release areas, public housing estate redevelopments, community services and facilities, aged and affordable housing developments and natural resources proposals.

We provide business clients with assessments that support development applications and planning proposals to meet local government and other consent authority requirements.

New Generation Boarding House, Social Impact Assessment
Holmes by Design

We prepared an assessment for a proposed 66 room new generation boarding house in an accessible area of Auburn close to transport, shops and services. This included assessment against the NSW State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 and the relevant provisions of the Boarding House Act 2012 (NSW). As with all such assessments, we considered the suitability of the locality in terms of transport and facilities for future residents, the need for affordable housing in the locality, the amenity of the proposed design for future residents and neighbours, as well as providing the applicant with a draft Plan of Management, Occupancy Agreement and House Rules to ensure that the development is well managed.

New Generation Boarding House, Social Impact Assessment
Dreamscapes Architects Pty Ltd

We prepared a social impact assessment for a proposed new generation boarding house in the heart of Wollongong within walking distance to a range of transport, shopping, service, educational and employment opportunities. The assessment considered the need and demand for smaller, affordable accommodation in central Wollongong; the proximity of the site to transport options; and the amenity of the proposed development for both future residents and neighbouring land uses.

New Generation Boarding House, Social Impact Assessment
Evolve Housing, Pacific Link Housing

We provided an assessment to accompany a Community Housing Provider led development application for a new generation boarding house on the NSW Central Coast. The assessment considered the need for affordable housing in the locality; the internal and external amenity of the proposed design; the character of the locality; access to local services, transport and facilities for future residents; support for the local economy and the proposed management plan for the development. The proposal would provide genuinely affordable, secure and well managed accommodation for very low and low income households in an area with unmet need for this type of housing.

NDIS Provider Group Home, Social Impact Assessment
Sunnyday Carers Pty Ltd

We delivered a social impact assessment for the proposed development of a group home for people with a disability in an existing four bedroom dwelling in the Blacktown City Council area by an NDIS approved provider. The assessment considered the community need for a group home for people with a disability in the locality; the proposal’s demographic context and accessibility to transport and services; safer design aspects of the proposal and its environs; the impact of the proposal on local services and facilities, as well as the potential impact on the cultural and religious values of the local community. The assessment also considered the economic effects of the proposal including employment opportunities in the locality; and the proposed plan of management for the facility.

Purpose Built Child Care Complex, Social Impact Assessment
D & G Preschool Pty Ltd

JSA undertook a comprehensive assessment for the proposed development of a purpose built complex at Rouse Hill in Sydney’s northwest that would include a child care centre, aquatic centre, gym and café. The project considered the need for a child care centre in the locality, transport access to the site, possible conflicting land uses and an assessment of the proposal against relevant planning documents.

Middleton Grange, Social Impact Assessment
The Manta Group Pty Ltd

We mapped baseline community demography and service provision, predicted future population, estimated additional demand for a range of community services and facilities. We undertook consultation with community & stakeholders to understand local issues and further identify impacts. We provided recommendations for mitigations and enhancements to the proposal.

Human Rights Impact Assessment
BHP/Illawarra Coal

We conducted a comprehensive Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) for Illawarra Coal in relation to its direct and indirect operations in Australia and the potential upstream and downstream impacts in Australia and in other countries. We developed a HRIA Framework in accordance with the operating environment of Illawarra Coal, relevant company policy, procedures and human rights commitments, relevant international human rights instruments and principles, and legislation in host countries.

In accordance with BHP Billiton’s procedures, JSA engaged peer review services from an expert human rights specialist at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University. JSA’s HRIA Framework and HRIA Report received highly favourable comments from an expert peer reviewer.

Economic Cost Benefit Analysis of Community Legal Centres
National Association of Community Legal Centres

We prepared an evaluation of the national economic impact of Community Legal Centres using a Cost Benefit Analysis evaluation framework involving a detailed quantitative and qualitative assessment of the value of activities undertaken by diverse Centres in three Australian States.  Results showed that the economic benefits of the national CLC sector exceeded costs by a factor of 18 on average. The work has been highly influential at the national level and was the subject of an invited paper at Oxford University at the Legal Services Research Centre International Conference in 2012.

Exploring the relationship between community resilience and irrigated agriculture in the Murray Darling Basin
Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre

We worked closely with the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC to assess the relationship between community wellbeing, resilience and irrigated agriculture, and to quantify the likely social and economic costs and benefits of changes in water availability proposed at the time under the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Dr Stubbs & John Storer presented our findings to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia’s inquiry of the socio-economic impact of the Proposed Basin Plan on regional communities.

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