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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulations (DWER) aims to lead and excel in the sustainable management and protection of Western Australia’s water and environment.

As the public sector agency responsible for assisting the ministers for Environment and Water to administer a range of legislation pertaining to the State’s water and environment, DWER has wide-ranging statutory and regulatory responsibilities aimed at achieving improved outcomes for public health, the environment and our water resources.

The Compliance and Enforcement Policy details our approach to ensuring compliance with the legislation we administer, and responding to breaches of the law to deter and punish offenders and rehabilitate damage caused to the environment.  

We are seeking submissions from stakeholders and the general public on the draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy. Submissions will help us to finalise the policy.

Policy for consultation

We are asking for feedback on the draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

Consultation duration

The consultation period will run from 27 May 2019 to 20 September 2019.

All submissions must be received by 5pm (WST) 20 September 2019.

How to make a submission

You can make a written submission by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (our preferred option) or mail a hard copy to:

Compliance and Enforcement Policy Consultation

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

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About making a submission

By making a submission, you are consenting to the submission being treated as a public document and being published on the department’s website. Your name will be included but your contact details will be withheld for privacy.

If you do not consent to your submission being treated as a public document, you should mark it confidential, specifically identify those parts which you feel need to be kept private, and include an explanation. The department may request that a non-confidential summary of material is also given. It is important to note that even if your submission is treated as confidential by the department, it may still be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 1992 or any other applicable written law.

The department reserves the right before publishing a submission to delete any content that could be regarded as racially vilifying, derogatory or defamatory to an individual or an organisation.

Please take careful note of the deadline for comment, as no late submissions will be accepted.