Guidance Statements


Guidance Statements are the predecessors of Environmental Assessment Guidelines and will remain current unless the EPA decides otherwise. They provide advice to proponents and the public generally on the procedures and minimum environmental requirements that the EPA expects to be met during the environmental impact assessment process.

Guidance Statements are not statutory documents. However, a proponent wishing to deviate from the minimum level of performance set out in a Guidance Statement would be expected to put a well-researched and clear justification to the EPA arguing the need for the deviation. An argument to deviate from the requirements in a Guidance Statement should demonstrate that all practicable endeavours have been made to meet the intent of the Statement.

Please note that a number of Guidance Statements previously published by the EPA are obsolete. If you are unable to find them on this list, contact the Office of the EPA for advice.


Index For Guidance Statements for the Assessment of Environmental Factors
Interim Guidance
8 Environmental Noise
This Guidance Statement has been superseded by Environmental Assessment Guideline 13 Consideration of
environmental impacts from noise
, as of 18 September 2014. 
54a Sampling methods and survey considerations for subterranean fauna in Western Australia 
(Technical appendix to Guidance Statement 54)

 

Final Guidance
1 Protection of Tropical Arid Zone Mangroves along the Pilbara Coastline
3 Separation Distances between Industrial and Sensitive Land Uses
6 Rehabilitation of Terrestrial Ecosystems
7 Protection of the Western Swamp Tortoise Habitat, Upper Swan/Bullsbrook
10 Level of Assessment for proposals affecting natural areas within the System 6 region and Swan Coastal Plain portion of the System 1 Region
17 A Site Remediation Hierarchy for Contaminated Soil
This Guidance Statement has been superseded by the introduction of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 and accompanying Regulations. The DER Contaminated Sites Branch should be contacted for further information.
18 Prevention of Air Quality Impacts from Land Development Sites
This Guidance Statement has been superseded by guidance from the Department of Environment Regulation, A guideline for managing the impacts of dust and associated contaminants from land development sites, contaminated sites remediation and other related activities (2011), which is available at the DER website at www.der.wa.gov.au
20 Sampling of Short Range Endemic Invertebrate Fauna for Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia
28 Protection of the Lake Clifton Catchment
29 Benthic Primary Producer Habitat Protection for Western Australia's Marine Environment
This Guidance Statement has been superseded by Environmental Assessment Guideline 3 Protection of Benthic Primary Producer Habitat in Western Australia's Marine Environment, as of 1 December 2009.
33 Environmental Guidance for Planning and Development
40 Management of Mosquitoes by Land Developers
This Guidance Statement is no longer current and has been withdrawn. The Department of Planning and Department of Health are the lead agencies for mosquito management for new and existing land developments.
41 Assessment of Aboriginal Heritage
49 Assessment of Development Proposals in Shark Bay World Heritage Property
51 Terrestrial Flora and Vegetation Surveys for Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia
54 Consideration of subterranean fauna in groundwater and caves during Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia
This Guidance Statement has been superseded by Environmental Assessment Guideline 12 Consideration of subterranean fauna in environmental impact assessment in Western Australia, as of 30 June 2013.
55 Implementing best practice in proposals submitted to the environment impact assessment process
56 Terrestrial Fauna Surveys for Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia
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20

Sampling of Short Range Endemic Invertebrate Fauna for Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia

Summary: This Guidance Statement specifically addresses the general standards and a common framework including risk-based assessment for the sampling and assessment of SRE invertebrate fauna for EIA in Western Australia. It also sets out the EPA's current expectations in respect of the quality and quantity of information derived from these surveys, and the consequent analysis, interpretation and reporting. The Guidance recognises and discusses limitations on current knowledge in respect to this fauna, and how this may affect the EPA's consideration of development proposals.
Status: Final
Release Date: 25 May 2009
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33

Guidance Statement 33 - Environmental Guidance for Planning and Development

Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released Guidance Statement No. 33 Environmental Guidance for Planning and Development. A draft of the guidance statement was released in 2005 for public comment. This final document incorporates comments from the public and necessary changes resulting from the creation of the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Department of Water.
Status: Final
Release Date: 26 May 2008
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54

54a - Sampling methods and survey considerations for subterranean fauna in Western Australia

Summary: This document outlines the EPA's position in relation to what are acceptable sampling efforts and methodologies for subterranean fauna. A framework is provided for determining whether an area is likely to have significant subterranean faunal values.
This Guidance Statement has the status "Draft" which means that it has been endorsed by the EPA for release for stakeholder and public review use and comment for 12 months.
Status: Final
Release Date: 27 July 2007
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6

Rehabilitation of Terrestrial Ecosystems

Summary: This guidance: (a) applies to terrestrial habitats and wetlands, excluding aquatic ecosystems such as lakes, estuaries and marine habitats; (b) concerns land clearing where natural ecosystems will be reinstated; (c) focuses on effective use of completion criteria to measure biodiversity in rehabilitation projects; and (d) addresses general principles only. Additional consultation is required for project specific advice.
Status: Final
Release Date: 26 June 2006
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7

Protection of the Western Swamp Tortoise Habitat, Upper Swan/Bullsbrook

Summary: The Western Swamp Tortoise is the one of the most endangered tortoises on earth and one of Australia's most endangered species. The EPA therefore emphasises through this guidance statement and the existing Environmental Protection (Western Swamp Tortoise Habitat) Policy 2002 that protection of the Western Swamp Tortoise and its habitat are critical. The small remnant population of Western Swamp Tortoise (110 individuals in 2001) in this policy area is hanging on precariously to existence.
Status: Final
Release Date: 26 June 2006
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Level of assessment for proposals affecting natural areas within the System 6 region and Swan Coastal Plain portion of the System 1 Region

Summary: This Guidance outlines the EPA's approach to environmental assessment of proposals involving the clearing of natural areas within the System 6 region and Swan Coastal Plain portion of the System 1 region. The EPA places great importance on protecting natural areas and expects that proponents will conduct a thorough appraisal of all development options and site selection options that would avoid direct or indirect impacts on natural areas in the first instance, prior to presenting a proposal for Environmental Impact Assessment.
Status: Final
Release Date: 6 June 2006
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3

Separation Distances between Industrial and Sensitive Land Uses

Summary: This document provides advice on the use of generic separation distances (buffers) between industrial and sensitive land uses to avoid conflicts between incompatible land uses.
Status: Final
Release Date: 27 June 2005
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56

Terrestrial Fauna Surveys for Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia

Summary:

The primary purpose of this Guidance Statement is to provide direction and information on general standards and protocols for terrestrial fauna surveys to environmental consultants and proponents engaged in EIA activities. The generic process for the writing of Guidance Statements is set out in Appendix 1.

This Guidance Statement should be read in conjunction with the Technical Guide - Terrestrial Vertebrate Fauna Surveys for Environmental Impact Assessment.


Status: Final
Release Date: 28 June 2004
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51

Terrestrial Flora and Vegetation Surveys for Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia

Summary: The primary purpose of this Statement is to provide guidance and information on expected standards and protocols for terrestrial flora and vegetation surveys to environmental consultants and proponents. This Guidance should be used when preparing documentation for referral of proposals, planning schemes and their amendments to the EPA, as well as for formal assessment and audit.
Status: Final
Release Date: 21 June 2004
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41

Assessment of Aboriginal Heritage

Summary: This Guidance considers 'Aboriginal heritage' as a relevant environmental factor in circumstances where they are linked directly to physical and biological attributes of the environment, and when the protection and management of those attributes are threatened as a result of a proposed development.
Status: Final
Release Date: 19 April 2004
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55

Implementing Best Practice in Proposals Submitted to the Environmental Impact Assessment Process

Summary: This Guidance Statement specifically outlines the EPA's position on what it means by ‘best practice’ in the context of EIA. It aims to provide to proponents, stakeholders and other participants in the EIA process, including the community, an indication of the EPA’s position on the use of best practice to protect the environment, and the approach which the EPA will take when assessing best practice implementation in proposals. While best practice is particularly relevant to industrial process design, and especially the avoidance or minimisation of waste discharges, the principle can also be applied more widely to encompass project site selection, project configuration and technology or procedures for the protection of the environment.
Status: Final
Release Date: 22 December 2003
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54

Consideration of Subterranean Fauna in Groundwater and Caves during Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia

Summary: This Guidance Statement was superseded by Environmental Assessment Guideline 12 Consideration of subterranean fauna in environmental impact assessment in Western Australia (EAG 12) on 30 June 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 December 2003
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Guidance Statement for Protection of Tropical Arid Zone Mangroves Along the Pilbara Coastline

Summary: The EPA recognises the intrinsic value of these tropical arid zone mangroves and the need to protect distribution and function along the Pilbara coastline. The EPA has prepared this Guidance Statement in response to the need to protect mangroves from the potential impacts associated with further industrial or other development of the region.
Status: Final
Release Date: 23 April 2001
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Guidance Statement for Assessment of Development Proposals in Shark Bay World Heritage Property

Summary: This Guidance Statement deals with environmental impact assessment of development proposals within and adjacent to the Shark Bay World Heritage Property.
Status: Final
Release Date: 20 November 2000
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Prevention of air quality impacts from land development sites

Summary: This Guidance Statement has been superseded by guidance from the Department of Environment Regulation, A guideline for managing the impacts of dust and associated contaminants from land development sites, contaminated sites remediation and other related activities (2011), which is available at the DER website at www.der.wa.gov.au
Status: Final
Release Date: 31 March 2000
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Protection of the Lake Clifton Catchment

Summary: The guidance and management criteria presented in sections 4 and 5 of the document will be used by the EPA in considering any proposal within the Lake Clifton catchment. Where proposals meet the guidance and criteria it is unlikely that they will require formal assessment by the EPA.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 May 1998
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Guidance Statements

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