Feedback sought on draft Guidance Statement: Land use planning
Feedback is sought on the Department of Environment Regulation’s draft guidance statement on land use planning. As DER’s core statutory roles and functions under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 often intersect with the land use planning functions of state and local government, it is important that the extent of DER’s roles and responsibilities in relation to land use planning is clearly understood.
Assessment bilateral agreement commenced
The Commonwealth and Western Australian Assessment Bilateral Agreement now includes the clearing permit assessment process under Part V Division 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and commenced on 1 January 2015.
The Department of Environment Regulation has updated its information and application forms to assist applicants and more information is available at www.der.wa.gov.au/nvp.
Publication of material guidelines
The Department of Environment Regulation's final material guidelines for construction products and clean fill were published on 2 January 2015. These seek to encourage the use of waste-derived materials in circumstances where their use does not cause an unacceptable risk to the environment, to divert waste from landfill and reduce the demand for raw materials and fossil fuels.
Feedback sought on draft Guidance Statement: Setting Conditions
Feedback is sought on the Department of Environment Regulation’s draft guidance statement on setting conditions. The guidance statement builds on DER’s high level principles of good regulatory practice by providing greater detail on how DER will determine conditions on works approvals and licences.
Review of Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007
Section 99 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act) requires that the Minister carry out a review of the WARR Act after the fifth anniversary of its commencement and table a report on the review in both houses of Parliament within 12 months of the fifth anniversary. The Department of Environment Regulation is carrying out the review on behalf of the Minister for Environment.
Licence duration guidance statement
The Department of Environment Regulation’s Licence duration guidance statement provides guidance on the duration of licences issued under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. The guidance statement supports licences being granted for up to 20 years.
The Commonwealth and Western Australia sign the Assessment Bilateral Agreement
The Commonwealth of Australia and Western Australia have entered into a bilateral agreement under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwth) (EPBC Act) relating to environmental assessment (assessment bilateral agreement). Specifically, the bilateral agreement covers the clearing permit assessment processes under Part V Division 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act), among others.
The assessment bilateral agreement allows the State to conduct environmental assessments on behalf of the Commonwealth, removing duplication including the need for a separate Commonwealth assessment.
The assessment bilateral agreement will commence on 1 January, 2015.