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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation implements national environmental policy initiatives such as Product Stewardship Schemes accredited under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Cth) and National Environmental Protection Measures made under the National Environmental Protection Council Act 1994 (Cth). Implementing national policy can require amendments to legislation administered by the Department.

National Policy Factsheet:

Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand:

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation participates in the Heads of EPAs (HEPA) forum which is a high level forum for the heads of environment protection regulators in Australia and New Zealand to share knowledge and experiences, create and promote greater jurisdictional coherence in regulatory practice and policy, and identify opportunities and priorities for improved approaches to nationally consistent or harmonised regulation.

National Certification of Environmental Practitioners Working Group

The HEPA National Certification of Environmental Practitioners Working Group was established in 2015 with the task of developing a framework to improve confidence in the quality, reliability and accountability of environmental reports and documentation provided to government agencies by environmental practitioners.
The Working Group investigated existing certification schemes and standards in Australia, New Zealand and internationally to identify the most effective criteria and process for certification of environmental practitioners, and developed a set of principles to guide environmental practitioner certification bodies. These principles were endorsed by HEPA in 2017 and are available for download.

Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand: