Meeting environmental authority conditions

Use our forms and fees finder for information on applying for a new environmental authority (EA) or managing your existing EAs.

Your environmental authority (EA) will contain conditions that you must comply with. These conditions will generally state what is permitted as part of your EA's activity.

The conditions of your EA will relate to the operation of the Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) and, in some instances, may also cover rehabilitation requirements.

There may also be a need for a condition to expressly prohibit an action based on the level of environment risk posed by the activity or if a 'no release' requirement is necessary. For example, contaminants must not be released to land.

Your EA may include conditions from a code of environmental compliance or ERA standard. You can find copies of these conditions in the following documents:

Prescribed ERAs

Codes of environmental compliance (eligibility criteria and standard conditions)

ERA standards (eligibility criteria and standard conditions) for approvals from 6 December 2013 to 29 September 2015

Repealed ERA standard (eligibility criteria and standard conditions) for approvals from 29 September 2015 to 30 June 2019

Superseded ERA standard (eligibility criteria and standard conditions) for approvals from 29 June 2018 to 30 June 2019

These conditions do not apply for new EA applications for these activities.

You can read the eligibility criteria and standard conditions for new operations.

Requirement to complete a work diary

If you operate a mobile and temporary environmentally relevant activity (ERA), other than regulated waste transport, you are required to maintain a work diary. You must:

  • use the approved form for a work diary (DOCX, 139KB)
  • keep the work diary records for 2 years after the last entry
  • inform the administering authority within 7 days of the work diary being lost or stolen
  • record the information required in the work diary for each location within 1 day of leaving the location.

Enforcement of environmental obligations

To ensure that operators comply with their EA, and do not cause unlawful environmental harm, the Environmental Protection Act 1994 provides a range of tools to help your administering authority enforce environmental obligations. These include:

  • environmental protection orders
  • environmental evaluations
  • transitional environmental programs
  • penalty infringement notices.

If the Department of Environment and Science (DES) is your administering authority, you can find more information on the range of compliance actions and management tools in DES' compliance and enforcement guideline (ESR/2016/2514) (PDF, 687KB).

Transitional environmental programs

A transitional environmental program (TEP) is a specific program that sets out actions, requirements and conditions in relation to a particular activity, that would otherwise contravene the Act. When complied with, an approved TEP achieves compliance with the Act, by doing 1 or more of the following:

  • reducing environmental harm caused by the activity
  • detailing the transition of the activity to an environmental standard
  • detailing the transition of the activity to comply with
  • a condition of an environmental authority (EA), whether it is standard or site specific
  • or
  • a development condition
  • or
  • a prescribed condition for carrying out a small scale mining activity
  • or
  • an agricultural ERA standard that applies to an agricultural ERA.

For more information, visit compliance guidelines.

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