Social Impact Assessments and Social Plans

Social Impact Assessments

Utilising her experience in social policy and social planning, Ms Casey has developed expertise in undertaking social impact assessment reports for the private sector.

A Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is concerned about the anticipated and unanticipated social consequences of development. An SIA can help to identify points of interaction and conflict between social, economic, environmental and structural considerations and clarify the co-ordination and consultation process necessary to ensure that the concerns of all the participants involved in or affected by the outcome of the planning process are recognised.

Real Options has prepared multiple social assessments for large scale developments and planning applications for material change of use across New South Wales and Queensland.

Samples of Social Impact Assessment reports


Social Impact Assessment Reports: Goonellabah; Hervey Bay; Palm; Ballina Fair; Pineapple Rd; Nimbin; Evans Head Retirement Village.

Social, Regional and Community Capacity Building Plans

Additionally Ms Casey has prepared a published Research Report for the University of Queensland on Establishing standards for community infrastructure” and been responsible for developing social plans, regional plans and community capacity building plans for local and state government agencies and for regional networks of community providers. These have included:

  • Community Capacity Building Plan for Pine Rivers Shire, which was awarded southeast Queensland’s Community and Local Government Partnership Award.
  • Commissioned by the Queensland Department of Communities to undertake Regional Planning process – Ipswich/Logan Sub-regional service integration project for homeless services.
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety Plan for Logan City Council
  • Community Recovery Plan for Redland City Council
  • Seniors Action Plan for Logan City Council