The Responsible Authority is required to make a referral decision for all planning permit, certification or joint applications submitted in SPEAR. This is initially displayed as a mandatory action once the application is at a status of 'Lodged with Responsible Authority'.
The Responsible Authority must determine the referral requirements for their statutory referrals, however may also include (non-statutory) internal departments in their referral request.
The mandatory action to 're-check referrals' will invoke the same process, following a plan or application change. The Responsible Authority has the option to opt out of re-referring an application if it is not appropriate to do so, leaving the initial referral request unchanged.
Referral requirements can be modified up until authentication using the 'modify' option alongside the referral request.
Once authenticated, notifications are sent to each referral authority and to the applicant contact advising them that the application has been referred. If you require further information, see User Guide 3 - Referrals.