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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 (the department) in accordance with approved procedures.

The amendments introduced the following changes:

  • defining liable persons for the purposes of the WARR Regulations (r.18B).
  • requiring liable persons to make and lodge annual returns to the CEO in an approved form (r.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 (r.18D).
  • requiring liable persons to keep records made for the purposes of the annual return, for at least five years (subregulation 18D(1)(B)(i)).
  • creating offences (r.18E).

Notification of liability under the WARR Regulations

Regulation 18B(5) of the WARR Regulations requires liable persons to inform the CEO of the department in the approved form of their liability.

 Please register with Waste Data Online using the ‘Notification of Liability’ form to inform the CEO if you or your facility is a liable person.

CEO notices and approved procedures

The CEO has gazetted the information required to be reported under r.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’.

The CEO notices for the 2019-20 reporting year are at the links below. The information required by these notices must be lodged to the department through the approved form by 1 October 2020 (see ‘Key dates’ section):

You can access the CEO notices for the 2020-21 reporting period at the links below:

The gazetted CEO notices are also available at the links below:

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.

Lodging your annual return

The first year of reporting began on 1 July 2019 and ended on 30 June 2020. Annual returns are due by 1 October 2020.

Please use Waste Data Online to lodge your annual return.

The department is currently developing training materials for Waste Data Online.

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.