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Environment regulation framework

Following the release of the Guidance Statement: Regulatory Principles, the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) is undertaking strategic and prioritised reform activities in the area of environmental regulation, to ensure DER is providing:

  • clear regulatory policy and process;
  • efficient and effective application and assessment processes;
  • valid and effective regulatory instruments; and
  • consistency in regulatory activities and outcomes.

Application of foundational reform deliverables

The below table states reform deliverables in the context of DER's regulatory functions:

 Assessment stageDetermination stageConditioning stage
Guidance statements—principles Regulatory principles
Guidance statements—process Assessment framework
Separation distances
Environmental standards 
Environmental risk assessment Framework (refuse or grant) Regulatory controls framework
Guidelines
Guide to licensing and works approvals
Guideline for applications Guideline for environmental management
Process documents Application form Decision document Licence template
Conditions library

Deliverables status

DeliverableStatusDate*
Guidance statement on regulatory principles Finalised Published
22 July 2015
Draft guidance statement on setting conditions Closed

Closed
20 March 2015

Draft guidance statement on environmental standards Current Open until
18 September 2015
Draft environmental standard on composting Current Open until
18 September 2015
Guidance statement on separation distances Current Open until
19 October 2015
Licence template Current Open until
30 October 2015
Conditions library Current

Open until
30 October 2015

Licence and works approval application form Current Open until
30 October 2015
Guideline: applications Current Open until
30 October 2015
Guidance statement on publication of annual audit compliance reports required under Part V licence Upcoming Release date
September 2015
Guidance statement on regulatory controls Upcoming Release date
September 2015
Environmental standard on point source air emissions Upcoming Release date
October 2015
Environmental standard on rural landfills*
Upcoming Release date
October 2015
Guidance statement on assessment framework Upcoming Release date
October 2015
Guidance statement on environmental risk assessment framework Upcoming Release date
October 2015
Environmental standard on metropolitan landfills Upcoming Release date
November 2015

*Release dates updated 3 September 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.  

For more information on the WALGA Working Group please visit the WasteNet Website www.wastenet.net.au or contact Rebecca Brown: 9213 2063, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..