Cost Recovery for Part IV Environmental Protection Act, 1986

Closed 22 Oct 2021

Opened 20 Sep 2021


The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) is seeking comment on the implementation of cost recovery for Part IV activities.  

The Department has developed a pricing model to implement fees and charges for the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process.  The pricing model will apply to the referral, assessment and implementation of all proposals under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act, 1986 (EP Act).  

The proposed model is designed to enable Government to better meet the expectations of industry and the community in protecting the environment. The funding received will be used by DWER to provide a timely and effective service while ensuring that there remains strong environmental protection.

The Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020 includes a head power under s.48AA to allow for fees and charges to be prescribed or determined and are payable by proponents whose projects are assessed through Part IV of the EP Act

Feedback through consultation on the proposed approach to cost recovery will be used to inform and finalise the cost recovery model. 

A copy of a discussion paper and consultation draft Regulations can be accessed via the link below:



Why your views matter

Feedback on the fees payable by proponents who have projects assessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will be used to inform and refine the cost recovery model. 

What happens next

This Consultation has now closed. For further information please contact


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