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Amendments to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Regulations 2008 (WARR Regulations) were gazetted on 28 June 2019.

The amended regulations require 'liable persons' to report waste and recycling data annually to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in accordance with approved procedures. 

The amendments introduced the following changes:

• defining liable persons for the purposes of the WARR Regulations (regulation 18B).

• requiring liable persons to make and lodge annual returns to the CEO in an approved form (regulation 18C).

• requiring the department's CEO to publish a description of the information required to be reported by liable persons and the procedures to be followed by liable persons when making the records and calculating or estimating the information (regulation 18D).

• requiring liable persons to keep records made for the purposes of the annual return, for at least five years (sub regulation 18D(1)(B)(i)).

• creating offences (regulation 18E).

CEO notices and approved procedures

The CEO has gazetted the information required to be reported under regulation 18D of the WARR Regulations, and the procedures to be followed in reporting that information.

If you are a liable person, you are required to submit an annual return to us in accordance with the relevant 'CEO notice'. You can find the information you need in the relevant notice below:

The gazetted CEO notices are also available.

Further guidance

For further guidance, please see the following fact sheets.

To help clarify aspects of the reporting requirements, you can also see our list of frequently asked questions.

Key dates

The first year of reporting began on 1 July 2019 and ends on 30 June 2020 with reports due by 1 October 2020.

We are developing an online reporting system for the lodgement of annual returns.

The department will provide further information on the online reporting system before 30 June 2020.

We are developing further guidance to assist liable persons with reporting.

Please email any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 08 6364 6954.