Transporting regulated waste interstate

Before transporting regulated waste either into or out of Queensland there are legal obligations that must be met. The consignment authorities (interstate/territory movement of wastes) guideline (PDF, 230KB) provides specific detail about what is required.

To transport regulated waste into Queensland, you must complete and submit an application for consignment authorisation (PDF, 80KB) to the Department of Environment and Science (DES). If approved, you will be assigned a consignment number which must be recorded on interstate waste tracking documentation while the waste is being transported.

An consignment number for trackable waste transported into Queensland, assigned by DES, is a legal requirement under section 81X of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2019 (EP Regulation). Transport of trackable waste into Queensland without a consignment number is an offence under sections 81J and 81N of the EP Regulation.

A paper interstate waste transport certificate (WTC) issued by the state where the waste was generated must be completed and submitted to the relevant destination state.

Interstate transport of regulated waste is guided by the provisions of the National Environment Protection (Movement of Controlled Waste between States and Territories) Measure 1998, which have been included in the Regulation.

More information

DES Waste Tracking Unit
(07) 3330 5677