We have some fantastic news. Alyson has been appointed as an auditor in Victoria. She applied via mutual recognition in NSW and was swiftly accepted, no interviews, no questions, no extra details. Alyson has over 20 years experience and to complement her auditor status she is also a reputable risk assessor. This is a huge acknowledgement of respect the EPA has for Alyson as they have gotten to know her over the past few years. We are thrilled to open up the Vic market to another great AEA auditor in this State. On behalf of all the AEA team, congratulations to you Alyson on your appointment!
BREAKING NEWS: Commencement of the new Victorian Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 has been postponed until 1 July 2021. Read the details here.
As you may or may not be aware, as of the 1st of July 2019, EPA Victoria no longer accepts paper waste transport certificates for the movement of Prescribed Industrial Waste (PIW) in Victoria; this includes licensed receivers (e.g. landfills, treatment facilities) for contaminated soil. The Directors and staff at Australian Environmental Auditors (AEA) feel it is our duty to inform our stakeholders, and particularly those that may be effected by this new system, that you are now required to submit waste transport certificates electronically. The new system will enable EPA to monitor the movement of waste more efficiently and accurately. This will help to prevent potential harm to human health and the environment. Here’s what you need to know: Every producer, transporter and receiver using waste transport certificates must register. Electronic certificates are free of charge until 30 June 2020. Forms are only accessible/compatible using Internet Explorer from a desktop only. Save time and create a template when needing numerous, similar certificates. There are three parts to a waste transport certificate: Here’s what to do: Create an account on the EPA Interaction Portal (register on behalf of a business) or Log In if you already have an account. If you are producing waste, select ‘Waste transport certificates’ on the left-hand side and create the appropriate certificate (you can also save time and set up a template for future use). Note EPA require submission on the day of works, not prior to. Once completed, click ‘view and print’. Watch the video tutorial here. Or read the user guide here. There is also a Q&A section on the EPA website that may be helpful. On behalf of all of us at AEA, thanks, kind regards and good luck with the new system.
Wow! What an achievement. Congratulations to Richard Wolfe for 25 years of service to the Victorian environment. A rewarding milestone in itself. Your team at AEA are privileged to work with you and learn from you.
EPA Victoria have been working with DELWP on a searchable contaminated land database called Victoria Unearthed. This new online tool, launched on Thursday 14th of March, will help Victorians identify and investigate the quality of land and groundwater on their properties. Victoria Unearthed includes data about land and groundwater that’s been brought together in the one place for the first time, delivering new levels of transparency for information relating to past land use. This a great tool for our property development clients prior to purchasing properties. If your property has an Environmental Audit Overlay (EAO), one of our auditors would be pleased to chat about this planning restriction and how to tackle it.