Regulation Differences

The majority of Australian states and territories have developed legislation, regulations and guidelines for the management of contaminated sites in accordance with the Commonwealth framework.

This includes a requirement to undertake environmental audits on certain projects to meet the standards of the regulator (e.g. EPA) or council.

The environmental audit system for contaminated land provides a mechanism for assuring planning and responsible authorities (eg. local councils), landholders and other stakeholders, that a potentially contaminated site is suitable for use. This is particularly relevant when a development occurs or if a change in land use is proposed.

Although each jurisdiction follows a different system, the same principals of ‘protecting human health and the environment’ apply to all.

AEA’s team of experienced auditors and technical experts are able to provide auditing services in all states and territories in Australia.