The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) audits compliance with the conditions of Ministerial Statements and undertakes enforcement action as appropriate.
The DWER uses a variety of proactive and reactive methods to monitor compliance including audits of proposals, reviews of compliance assessment reports, onsite inspections, and stakeholder engagement.
The results from the compliance audits identify areas to improve proponent’s compliance, and help in improving future compliance programs and the environmental impact assessment process.
When non-compliance with an implementation condition or proponent commitment of a Ministerial Statement is identified the proponent is issued with a Notice of Non-Compliance, detailing actions required to rectify the issue and regain compliance.
The Minister for Environment is informed of each non-compliance, which enables a range of actions to be undertaken if required.
Note: With the amalgamation of the Department of Water, the Department of Environment Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority, an interim Compliance and Enforcement Policy has been established to guide the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation from 1 July 2017. The policy is an interim measure and the DWER will undertake further work including consultation with stakeholders in order to finalise the policy.