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[Webinar] CONTAMINATED LAND: Managing Risk Associated with Potentially Contaminated Land – A legal and Practical Approach

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


July 24, 2024

@ 10.00AM – 3.00PM (AEST)

Member fee: $345

Non-member fee: $445

[Interactive Webinar] CONTAMINATED LAND:
Managing Risk Associated with Contaminated Land – A
legal and Practical Approach


Site contamination has remains a significant legal and commercial risk for landowners, occupiers, developers and those buying, selling and managing property.

To assist you, the Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) together with Australia’s leading contaminated land experts have developed this interactive Webinar to provide legal guidance and details of contaminated land obligations and solutions including a practical approach to managing potentially contaminated land.

You will hear an all-round perspective by the experts to assist you in understanding HOW and WHEN actions are required to manage contaminated land risk in order to remain compliant.

The webinar will conclude with an Open Forum to allow delegates to troubleshoot their contaminated land concerns with the experts.

Please refer to the PROGRAM (tab above) for details.


  • 10.00am – 10.05am
    Tina Khoury, CEO, Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

    • Welcome
  • 10.05am – 10.10am
    Facilitator:  Kim Maxwell, Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

    • Introduction

Legal update on contaminated land laws for CTH, NSW, SA, QLD, WA, TAS

  • 10.10am – 10.50am
    Gabrielle Guthrie, Principal, Guthrie Legal

    • National update on contaminated land laws for the CTH, NSW, SA, QLD, WA, TAS
      • Recent and proposed changes to the regulatory framework
      • Insight into important cases on contamination, incl. contamination enforcement
      • Recent examples of Asbestos contamination in Parklands in Sydney and Melbourne
    • Q&A
  • 10.50am – 11.00am (10 min) – Tea Break

PART 1, 2 & 3:  Preventing the Pitfalls – Buying, Selling, Assessing, Auditing and Remediating Contaminated Land

  • 11.00am – 11.30am
    Peter Ramsay (Leading Auditor)
    Principal Consultant and Managing Director
    Environment Protection Authority Victoria appointed Environmental Auditor (Contaminated Land and Industrial Facilities)

    Peter J Ramsay & Associates Pty Ltd

    • PART 1:  Buying and selling contaminated land

      • Introduction
      • Identifying liabilities
      • Obligations under the Environment Protection Act 2017 relevant to property transactions
      • The process of environmental due diligence (EDD)
      • Deriving value from EDD
      • Review of Sale of Contract/Section 32 Statement
      • Reliance on previous environmental reports
      • Case study
      • Q&A
  • 11.30am – 1.00pm
    Andrew Green – Senior Associate
    Peter J Ramsay & Associates Pty Ltd

    • PART 2:  Assessing and Auditing Contaminated Land –
      • Undertaking an independent assessment
      • Engaging consultants and environmental auditors
      • Desktop review
      • Conceptual site model
      • Preliminary and detailed site investigations
      • Preliminary risk screening assessments and environmental audits
      • Risk assessment
      • Implementing control measures
      • Case study
      • Q&A
  • TEA BREAK (announced by presenter) – 10 min

    • PART 3:  Options for Managing Land Impacted by Contamination –

      • Remediation and management options
      • Environment management plans
      • Ongoing management and monitoring
      • Check controls
      • Case studies
      • Q&A

Legal perspective: Guidance for property owners, developers, occupiers, sellers, purchasers, councils

  • 1.10pm – 1.50pm
    Stefan Fiedler, Principal, Russell Kennedy Lawyers

    • Legal guidance for buying, selling, preventing and managing potentially contaminated land, including –
      • Legal perspective on the laws and obligations
      • Overview of the Victorian regulatory framework for contaminated land, including –
        • Key legal issues with the Victorian contaminated land duties (general environmental duty, duty to notify, duty to manage…)
        • Other aspects of the framework including waste management, permissions, pollution, auditing, sanctions and enforcement
      • Legal liabilities to consider when buying and selling potentially contaminated land
    • Q&A
  • 1.50pm – 2.10pm (20 min) – Tea Break

Using Spatial Mapping Tools as part of your site investigation

  • 2.10pm – 2.30pm
    Howard Waldron, Director, Lotsearch

    • Helping to identify environmental hazards and risk using spatial intelligence and industry leading reporting solutions
    • Q&A

Q&A Open Forum

  • 2.30pm – 3.00pm
    Q&A OPEN FORUM with presenters and delegates
    Note:  Participants are encouraged to discuss matters with our experts for troubleshooting.



  • Stefan Fiedler – Principal, Russell Kennedy Lawyers
  • Gabrielle Guthrie – Principal, Guthrie Legal
  • Peter Ramsay – Principal Consultant, Managing Director and Environment Protection Authority Victoria appointed Environmental Auditor (Contaminated Land and Industrial Facilities), Peter J Ramsay & Assoc (Auditor)
  • Andrew Green – Senior Associate, Peter J Ramsay & Assoc (Auditor)
  • Howard Waldron – Director, LOTSEARCH

Presented by the

Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)


In association with PARTNERS –

Peter J Ramsay & Assoc
Russell Kennedy Lawyers
Guthrie Legal

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