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  • Draft State waste infrastructure plan

    Long-term planning for waste infrastructure at a state level is the basis of headline strategy 6 in the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 Action Plan. It supports the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 vision for the state to become a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy in which human health and the environment are protected from the impacts of waste. The draft state waste infrastructure plan has been developed to provide a long-term information... More
    Closes 23 June 2023
  • Container deposit scheme – Expanding the scope of eligible beverage containers

    Discussion paper: Seeking public feedback on plan to increase recovery and recycling The Western Australian container deposit scheme (CDS), Containers for Change , started on 1 October 2020. It delivered a commitment of the McGowan Government to increase recycling, reduce litter, provide benefits for community groups and charities, and create employment opportunities for people living with disability, Aboriginal people and long-term unemployed people. The Department of... More
    Closes 1 June 2023
  • Planning Scheme Regulations 2023

    We are seeking public comment on the exposure draft of amendment regulations and discussion paper, Environmental Protection Amendment Regulations 2022 . Changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) being made by the Planning and Development Amendment Act 2020 (PD Amendment Act) will enable the making of regulations to streamline scheme assessments. Currently, all local and regional planning schemes must be referred to the Environmental... More
    Closed 14 April 2023
  • Ban on e-waste disposal to landfill in Western Australia

    The State Government is committed to a ban on e-waste disposal to landfill by 2024 . Banning e-waste from disposal to landfill supports our vision for a low-carbon Western Australia with a healthy environment and secure water resources for future generations. The ban also supports the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 vision for the state to become a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy in which human health and the environment are protected... More
    Closed 31 March 2023
  • Environmental Regulation Reform

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) is seeking public comment on the discussion paper, Environmental Regulation Reform: A strategic review of regulatory delivery and fees for industry regulation . The passing of the Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020 (EP Amendment Act) in November 2020 resulted in the most significant reform of Western Australia’s environmental legislation in 30 years. Implementation of these reforms requires the amendment of... More
    Closed 16 December 2022
  • Plan for Plastics - Stage 2 regulations - consultation survey for individual community members

    On 13 June 2021 the State Government announced Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics . The plan includes introducing regulations to ban single-use plastic items in a two-stage approach. Stage 1 regulations came into effect on 1 January 2022. The scope of the proposed Stage 2 regulations includes: barrier/produce bags, EPS packaging, EPS cups, coffee cups/lids, microbeads, cotton buds with plastic shafts, lids for bowls/cups/take-away food containers, and... More
    Closed 18 November 2022
  • Plan for Plastics - Stage 2 regulations - consultation survey for businesses

    On 13 June 2021 the State Government announced Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics . The plan includes introducing regulations to ban single-use plastic items in a two-stage approach. Stage 1 regulations came into effect on 1 January 2022. The scope of the proposed Stage 2 regulations includes: barrier/produce bags, EPS packaging, EPS cups, takeaway coffee cups/lids, microbeads, cotton buds with plastic shafts, lids for takeaway bowls/cups/food containers, and... More
    Closed 18 November 2022
  • Plan for Plastics - Stage 2 regulations - consultation survey (government agencies & organisations)

    On 13 June 2021 the State Government announced Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics . The plan includes introducing regulations to ban single-use plastic items in a two-stage approach. Stage 1 regulations came into effect on 1 January 2022. The scope of the proposed Stage 2 regulations includes: barrier/produce bags, EPS packaging, EPS cups, coffee cups/lids, microbeads, cotton buds with plastic shafts, lids for bowls/cups/take-away food containers, and... More
    Closed 18 November 2022
  • Draft Procedure for environmental offsets metric inputs

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is seeking public comment on the draft Procedure for environmental offsets metric inputs. Once finalised, this procedure will form part of the department’s policy framework. This procedure is for use with the WA environmental offsets metric ( calculator and guideline ). Additional guidance is needed to help users understand the ranges of metric inputs and their rationale. ... More
    Closed 8 July 2022
  • Draft guideline: Spring exemptions

    On 17 December 2021, the department released the Draft guideline: Spring exemptions under Part III section 5(1)(a) of the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 for public comment . The public consultation period closed on 31 May 2022. We thank all respondents who provided feedback on the draft guideline. All feedback was considered in finalising the spring exemptions guideline. A consultation summary report capturing the main feedback themes... More
    Closed 31 May 2022
  • Aligning domestic garden bore sprinkler roster with the scheme water roster

    Across Perth and Mandurah, domestic garden bores collectively abstract around 90 GL (gigalitres, or billion litres) which is equivalent to 90 Optus Stadiums full of water per year, or 22 per cent of all water abstracted from our groundwater systems. Currently, domestic garden bores are able to be used for garden watering three days a week in spring, summer and autumn. As a necessary measure to protect our groundwater resources, there is a proposal to reduce the domestic garden bore... More
    Closed 28 February 2022
  • Draft Gnangara groundwater allocation plan

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is seeking submissions on the Gnangara groundwater allocation plan: draft for public comment. The draft plan addresses the impact that climate change is having on Perth’s northern groundwater resources and their dependent ecosystems, including caves, wetlands and bushland. Developed in consultation with stakeholders and based on scientific research and groundwater modelling, the 10-year plan proposes reductions... More
    Closed 28 February 2022
  • Draft Guideline: Dust emissions

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) is seeking public comment on the draft Guideline: Dust emissions. This guideline is part of a series of technical documents aimed at providing applicants guidance on the department's requirements for the assessment of emissions under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). The guideline sets out the department's information requirements for the analysis of dust emission impact from activities... More
    Closed 5 November 2021
  • Native vegetation policy for WA: Draft for consultation

    Public consultation on the Consultation draft: Native vegetation policy for Western Australia has closed. For more information, or to subscribe to receive updates visit wa.gov.au/nativeveg More
    Closed 25 October 2021
  • Cost Recovery for Part IV Environmental Protection Act, 1986

    On 20 September 2021, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation released the discussion paper Implementing cost recovery for Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 , and consultation draft of the Environmental Protection (Cost Recovery) Regulations 2021 . The paper and draft regulations outlined a draft pricing model to implement fees and charges for the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process. Fees were proposed for the referral, assessment and implementation... More
    Closed 22 October 2021
  • Bilateral Agreements Regulations

    Amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) provide for a person to apply for a matter to be considered a ‘bilateral matter’. In broad terms, this is a process for a person who is potentially covered by a bilateral agreement to opt in to being dealt with under that bilateral agreement. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) sought feedback on the draft Environmental Protection (Bilateral Agreements) Regulations 2021 which set out... More
    Closed 14 September 2021
  • Draft Guideline: Assessment of environmental noise emissions

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) is seeking public comment on the draft Guideline: Assessment of environmental noise emissions. This guideline is part of a series of technical documents aimed at providing applicants guidance on the department's requirements for the assessment of emissions under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). The guideline sets out the department's information requirements for the analysis of noise... More
    Closed 10 September 2021
  • Publication and Confidentiality Regulations

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) sought feedback on the draft Environmental Protection Regulations Amendment (Publication and Confidentiality) Regulations 2021 . The Publication and Confidentiality Regulations improve and streamline the materials that the State Government can publish and hold in confidence, provide greater transparency on the matters that can be held confidential and those matters that the community can expect to be published. ... More
    Closed 7 September 2021
  • Managing water in the Fitzroy River Catchment

    The Government of Western Australia has released the Managing water in the Fitzroy River Catchment: Discussion paper for stakeholder consultation and is seeking feedback on the options and approaches being considered to protect the Fitzroy River and manage the use of water to support sustainable economic development in the Fitzroy River Catchment. The McGowan Government is working collaboratively to deliver a suite of election commitments to: create the Fitzroy River National... More
    Closed 31 August 2021
  • Guideline: Native vegetation referrals

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) released the Draft Guideline: Native vegetation referrals on 30 June 2021 for public consultation for one (1) month. The consultation period ended on 30 July 2021. This guideline was developed to inform stakeholders about the new clearing referrals process. Prospective applicants will be able to refer proposed clearing with very low environmental impacts to the relevant department, for a decision on... More
    Closed 30 July 2021
  • Derby groundwater allocation plan

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is responsible for managing the availability and quality of water. Developing water allocation plans is one of the ways we manage the state’s water resources. We are seeking feedback on the Derby groundwater allocation plan . The plan outlines how much water can be taken from groundwater resources in the Derby region and what local policies and conditions will be applied to water licences issued under the... More
    Closed 31 May 2021
  • Draft Policy: Applications for amendments to clearing permits

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) is developing new guidance to provide external stakeholders with further information on how the department carries out its regulatory functions under Part V Division 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). We are currently seeking feedback on the draft Policy: Applications for amendments to clearing permits. The draft policy provides guidance on matters that the department considers when making a... More
    Closed 28 May 2021
  • Waste not, want not: Valuing waste as a resource: Discussion paper

    The Government of Western Australia has released the discussion paper Waste not, want not: Valuing waste as a resource, and is seeking feedback on the proposed legislative framework for waste-derived materials. The proposed legislative amendments will provide certainty about when waste-derived materials are no longer waste, meaning that licensing under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 would not be required and waste levy requirements would not be triggered where relevant. ... More
    Closed 18 December 2020
  • Review of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007

    In September 2020, the Government of Western Australia released a discussion paper seeking feedback on the review of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007, the principal legislation for waste management in Western Australia. The Act requires that the legislation be reviewed every five years. The review sought to consider the effectiveness of the legislation in meeting its objectives for reducing waste and encouraging resource recovery and its alignment to... More
    Closed 25 November 2020
  • Draft Guideline: Better Practice Composting

    Overview The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) is producing a series of industry specific guidelines to provide external stakeholders further information on how the department carries out its regulatory functions under Part V Division 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. The draft Guideline: Better practice composting is the first guideline developed in this series. The guideline was developed by the department in... More
    Closed 25 November 2020
  • Review of the waste levy

    In 2020, the department called for public comments on the Review of the Waste Levy Consultation Paper. The consultation paper sought the input of key waste stakeholders as part of the evidence to inform the review. The issues canvassed by the paper included: waste levy rates, including a future schedule of rates the geographical area of the waste levy, and whether it should be expanded applying the waste levy to other waste management methods, such as energy recovery... More
    Closed 15 July 2020
  • Closing the loop: Waste reforms for a circular economy

    The waste reform paper Closing the loop contains detailed legislative proposals to improve waste management and the waste levy in Western Australia, and has been published as a consultation regulatory impact statement. The consultation paper follows a 2017 discussion paper published by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation that outlined legislative proposals to improve the waste levy framework and environmental protection regime. During that process, respondents... More
    Closed 15 July 2020
  • Guideline: Reduction waiver or refund of clearing permit application fees

    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) is developing new guidance to provide external stakeholders with further information on how the department carries out its regulatory functions under Part V Division 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. We are currently seeking feedback on the draft Guideline: Reduction, waiver or refund of clearing permit application fees . The draft guideline provides information on when and how the... More
    Closed 1 April 2020
  • Managing amplified music noise in entertainment precincts

    The Government of Western Australia and the City of Perth are working together to engage the community in discussions about how to manage noise from amplified music. The proposed reforms are aimed at balancing the competing needs of entertainment venues, other businesses and residents in vibrant entertainment precincts such as Northbridge. We are seeking feedback on the issues and questions outlined in the consultation paper: Managing amplified music noise in entertainment... More
    Closed 14 February 2020
  • Environmental Protection Act 1986 amendments consultation

    The Government of Western Australia sought public comment on proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and released a discussion paper and an Exposure draft Bill . The amendments aim to improve regulatory efficiency and effectiveness and facilitate the implementation of the bilateral agreements under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to deliver better environmental protection and sustainable development outcomes. The... More
    Closed 28 January 2020
  • Climate change issues paper - consultation

    The Government of Western Australia is seeking public comment on climate change issues and opportunities and has released an issues paper. You are invited to share your views by making a submission to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. We are seeking your feedback on the issues and questions outlined in the Climate Change in Western Australia – Issues Paper to help inform the development of WA’s new state climate policy. ... More
    Closed 29 November 2019
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