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Programs

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) programs include:

Authorised Officer Program

The Authorised Officer Program involves the appointment of Authorised Officers under the following legislation:

  • Environmental Protection Act 1986;
  • Litter Act 1979;
  • Contaminated Sites Act 2003; and
  • Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007.

Light Industry Program

The Light Industry Program is a joint initiative by DWER and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions aimed at reducing contaminants from light industrial activities, entering the Swan and Canning Rivers. 

BurnWise

DWER’s BurnWise program promotes the efficient operation of domestic wood heaters to minimise smoke emissions (or particle pollution). The program has been designed to support local governments to manage domestic wood smoke in their areas.

Burrup Rock Art Monitoring Program

The Burrup Rock Art Monitoring Program involves annual field measurements of selected rock art to measure changes to colour or colour contrast of the images and changes to surface mineralogy of the rocks from exposure to air pollutants.

CleanRun

CleanRun is a DWER program aimed at improving air quality in Western Australia by reducing vehicle emissions and is implemented through three components:

Fertiliser Partnership

The Fertiliser Partnership establishes a cooperative partnership between the Western Australian Government, the fertiliser industry, users groups and the community to reduce nutrient loss into aquatic ecosystems from fertilisers. 

Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Fund projects

The LEED Fund supports innovative technology projects at the commercial demonstration, commercialisation and local adaptation stages in Western Australia. The Fund is administered by DWER. Decisions on funded projects are made jointly by the Ministers for Environment and Energy.

National Pollutant Inventory

The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is a publicly accessible internet database (www.npi.gov.au) designed to provide community, industry and government with information on the emissions of 93 selected substances from industry, transport, household activities and commercial premises to air land and water in Australia.

WA Container Deposit Scheme

The Western Australian Government is introducing a statewide container deposit scheme. Western Australia’s container deposit scheme is expected to start on 1 January 2019.