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Compliance and Enforcement Policy

The department is committed to being a responsive and credible regulator. Our 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.

The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the following environmental legislation:

DER has adopted a multi faceted approach to delivering its regulatory role, which broadly fits into three main functions:

  1. Approvals and licensing.
  2. Monitoring, audit and compliance inspections.
  3. Enforcement including complaint and incident investigation.

As a regulator, DER has an enforcement role, providing major environmental investigative capability and single-point accountability for regulatory complaints to achieve state-wide enforcement outcomes.  This helps to ensure compliance with the legislation the Department administers through deterrence.

Enforcement sanctions may include formal letters of warning, infringement notices, modified penalty fines or court prosecution.

Environmental Enforcement Summary (1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016)

Notices, orders and directions



The pdfRegulatory Function Complaints Policy (1.64 MB) is designed to provide guidance and direction to DER staff regarding receiving, interpreting, processing, recording and managing regulatory complaints received from external sources and the associated resolution process.