Are you confident that you are complying with environmental laws? Can you demonstrate compliance to the regulators?
With the change of focus of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Planning Regulator to strict compliance, it is now imperative that industry, business and councils understand their obligations and are able to demonstrate compliance.
The Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) has developed this practical one day Workshop to provide you with the tools and procedures to enable you to comply and demonstrate compliance to the regulator. Environmental lawyers will take you through the legal framework and explain your legal obligations under Environmental and Planning laws; with environmental experts demonstrating how to access and understand the environmental requirements and legislation applicable to your site and business. The Workshop will include a practical session on developing your own compliance assurance tool kit. The Workshop will also address how compliance is managed across other states.
Legal framework –
Understanding Environmental and Planning laws –
structure of legislation
who are the regulators; what do they cover; what are their powers and what does the law say
sanctions and penalties – typically applied and maximum
case examples of how non compliance is being interpreted and enforced
Environmental Acts: Overview of principal components of pollution based legislation and policy and guidelines relating to Water, Land, Air, Waste, Noise, Climate Change
Case study illustrating how EPA is interpreting their responsibilities and enforcing the Act
Planning permission to operate:
What the law states;
What the planning Scheme permits;
What approval conditions typically look like and how long they are enforced for
Planning non compliances: Breaching sanctions and penalties
Case study illustrating how Regulators and Courts are enforcing the law, e.g. amenity issues, non conformance use rights
Overview of other Acts with Environmental consequences:
Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act triggers and when does this act apply
Case study on how these can influence industrial, commercial and property developments or interfere with existing operations.
How to access and understand the environmental rules/legislation applicable to your business and site
Derivation of standards and permissible limits for your situation
Risk based monitoring programs
Case study to illustrate obligations
Monitoring and Reviewing:
Extent and frequency of monitoring, review and verify compliance
Compliance standards maintenance and audit
Reporting processes to the Environmental Regulator required
Developing your own Compliance Assurance Tool Kit:
Components, skill set, scheduling, interpretation
Tools to assist verification and reporting
Techniques to integrate compliance outcomes, records and training into your Environmental Management System (EMS)
Review of particular issues captured during the day
Group discussion of Key Outcomes.
Facilitator – Tina Khoury, CEO Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
Jeremy Hill – Partner, Minter Ellison Lawyers SA
Stephen Jenkins, Director, EnviroRisk Management
Lok Nethercott – Regional Manager SA, EnviroRisk Management
A comprehensive set of course notes will be provided to all delegates as well as the opportunity to Network with presenters and delegates during AEBN’s Networking refreshment breaks.