Environmental codes of practice for industry
Industry codes of practice have been developed to help businesses comply with their general environmental duty and the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Codes are usually prepared by industry bodies and advise members on how to prevent or minimise environmental harm.
Complying with an approved code of practice is voluntary but, by proving your compliance, you can defend a charge of unlawfully causing environmental harm.
Approved environmental codes
The following industry codes of practice have been approved by the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef.
In some instances, the code of practice has expired. Where expired codes of practice are anticipated to be replaced, the expired code remains beneficial as guidance material and will remain available online until new codes of practice have been developed by industry bodies and finalised. Where no replacement codes are being developed, archived code of practice documents will be available through the Library Catalogue.
Concrete batching industry code of practice (ESR/2015/1715) (PDF, 327KB)
Expires 19 February 2030
Developed by Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia and the Queensland Government
Mosquito management code of practice (ESR/2016/3089) (PDF, 2.1MB)
Expired 11 December 2021
Prepared by the Local Government Association of Queensland
Mareeba Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme algal management code of practice
Mareeba Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme algal management code of practice (PDF, 930KB) and explanatory guide and monitoring program (PDF, 1.2MB)
Expires 2 October 2027
Developed by Queensland Government and Sunwater
Queensland Murray-Darling Basin Store and Release
Queensland Murray-Darling Basin Store and Release code of practice (PDF, 574KB) and explanatory guide (PDF, 504KB)
Expires 17 December 2023
Developed by the Queensland Government and Cotton Australia
Transport noise management – Volume 2 – Construction noise and vibration
Transport noise management code of practice (ESR/2016/3084) (PDF, 1.4MB)
Expires 28 July 2023
Developed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads
Developing a code of practice
To develop an environmental code of practice for your industry, you need to be a:
- leading Industry or government association for Queensland (e.g. Queensland Farmers' Federation or Local Government Association of Queensland)
- leading business for your industry (e.g. Queensland Rail).
To develop a code of practice, you can download the:
- developing codes of practice information sheet (ESR/2015/1695) (PDF, 47KB)
- code of practice template (ESR/2015/1687) (DOCX, 185KB).
- Find out about complying with an environmental authority.
- Learn about the general approach to enforcement guidelines (PDF, 421KB).
- Read the codes of practice for work, health and safety.
- Last reviewed: 3 Mar 2023
- Last updated: 3 Mar 2023
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