Administrative changes implemented within the Department of Environment Regulation
In response to issues with timeframes and a lack of consistency and transparency with the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) decision making processes for works approvals and licences, the Department has implemented a number of administrative changes.
The changes apply to DER’s Licensing and Approvals (Industry Regulation) function, which administers:
- works approvals under s 54; and
- licences under s. 57,
of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
Strategic Outline 2015–16
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) Strategic Outline 2015–161.22 MB is a keystone guiding document, that sets out the framework for DER operation in 2015–16 and beyond in areas of reform, legislative amendments/review, policy, programs and organisational direction.
Additionally, DER’s goal, our focus and how we do business paired with agreed Key Efficiency Indicators and Key Effectiveness Indicators articulate core operation and performance measures required of functional areas, individual officers and the Department as a whole.
The Strategic Outline also summarises major DER achievements in the 2014-15 year, outlining how far we have come and what we have achieved in that 12-month time frame.
Request for feedback on draft Licence documentation
Feedback is sought on the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) draft Licence documentation, for the licensing and conditioning of prescribed premises under Schedule 1 to the Environmental Protection Regulations 1987 (EP Regulations).
Refer to the Consultation paper: Licence documentation288.81 KB.
Draft Licence documentation:
- draft Application form: works approval / licence161.39 KB;
- draft Guideline for applications - to assist in completion of the application form296.06 KB;
- draft Licence template189.5 KB; and
- draft Conditions library (sample)343.97 KB.
The closing date for submissions is 30 October 2015.
WALGA and DER to work collaboratively on Environmental Standards for Rural Landfills
Based on feedback from Local Government, the Department has prioritised the development of Environmental Standards for Rural Landfills.
To ensure a consultative and practical approach is taken in the development of these Environmental Standards, the Department has invited WA Local Government Association (WALGA) to be part of the process. WALGA is putting together a Rural Landfill Working Group with representatives from Local Government and the Waste Management Association of Australia. This Working Group will aim to facilitate a consultative approach in the development and implementation of the Environmental Standard.
The Environmental Standard for Rural Landfills (draft) is scheduled for release in September/October 2015 (see upcoming consultations).
Request for feedback on the draft Guidance Statement: Separation Distances
Feedback is sought on the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) draft Guidance Statement: Separation Distances. See:
- draft Guidance Statement: Separation Distances 442.43 KB; and
- Consultation paper for draft Guidance Statement: Separation Distances229.4 KB.
The draft Guidance Statement: Separation Distances applies to the risk assessment of DER’s works approvals, licensing and compliance functions relating to prescribed premises under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
The closing date for submissions is 19 October 2015.
Balga man fined $24,000 for illegal dumping
A 41 year old Balga man has this week been found guilty of six counts of illegally dumping demolition waste into bushland.
Travis Ian Petricevich was convicted and fined in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on 18 August 2015 under Section 49(A)(3) of the Environmental Protection Act (1986).
Between 12 May 2013 and 27 March 2014, the accused drove his truck to Mariginiup and Pinjar and emptied loads of demolition waste into bushland.
Mr Petricevich was identified by information supplied by a member of the public.
Request for feedback on the draft Environmental Standard: composting
Feedback is sought on the Department of Environment Regulation’s draft Environmental Standard for composting. See:
- Draft Environmental Standard: composting531.62 KB;
- Consultation paper: Environmental Standard for composting302.71 KB; and
- Draft Guidance Statement: Environmental Standards294.64 KB.
In response to requests for an extension of consultation period for the draft Environmental Standard for Composting, DER has extended the closing date to 18 September 2015. DER will also be hosting a series of focused stakeholder workshops to discuss the draft Environmental Standard.
Request for feedback on the draft Guidance Statement: Environmental Standards
Feedback is sought on the Department of Environment Regulation’s (DER’s) draft guidance statement on Environmental Standards294.64 KB.