Environmental compliance news for business

Environment law and policy tracker

Highlights include marine pollution statutory developments, an audit of the Hazelwood power plant site, construction waste guides and more. Jobs include posts with Woodside, Tronox and Lendlease.

Tracker is a free, open-access service and we encourage you to forward it to other carbon and sustainability professionals, who can register to receive Tracker here.

Subscribers to our premium paid service receive detailed daily news and analysis and full access to all Tracker links. Non-subscribers can trial the premium service here.

Featured Opportunity - Environment Manager, NSW/ACT

Your chance to build something great.

Boral seeks an Environment Manager to provide technical advice, assist with strategy and direction, and support operational leaders to achieve our environmental objectives.

You will have a small team to lead as well as coaching from senior business unit leaders, and we encourage people-centric, strategic environment managers who possess personal drive to apply.

Environmental management experience in construction, extractive/mining or manufacturing is essential.

Your responsibilities and opportunities to succeed will include:
assisting in the development, delivery and review of the National HSE Strategy and Product Line Action plans.

educating directors and officers in their due diligence duties.

implementing the HSEQ Management System in collaboration with the Central HSE team.

ensuring assurance audits are completed in line with the Audit and Assurance Program and corrective actions are tracked effectively and closed out in a timely manner.

providing information as required to the Central HSE team to meet reporting obligations.

developing effective relationships with key environmental regulator representatives.

maintaining industry association links to stay abreast of environmental and sustainability risks.

reporting, investigating and managing environmental incidents and complaints.

Boral welcomes your application.

To promote your environmental vacancies or events contact Footprint.

Upcoming events:

  • New environmental laws, obligations and funding from across Australia
    A September 20 conference in Melbourne, hosted by the Australian Environment Business Network.

  • Healthy hospitals forum 2019: Integrating quality, OHS and environmental sustainability
    A September 23 and 24 conference in Melbourne.
  • Australia's national hydrogen strategy
    A September 24 lunchtime event in Adelaide, hosted by CEDA, with speakers including chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel.
  • Investor Group on Climate Change summit
    An October 14 and 15 summit in Sydney.
  • Energy efficiency expo
    An October 23 and 24 event in Melbourne, hosted by the Energy Efficiency Council.
  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand annual conference
    A November 4 to 6 conference in Adelaide.
  • Launch of the ResponsibleSteel standard and certification scheme
    A December 1 to 3 forum in Wollongong.


  • Statutory development: The government has introduced the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Air Pollution) Bill.

  • Have your say – last chance!: The Department of Environment and Energy is inviting comments by September 30 on draft national light pollution guidelines for wildlife.
  • The Clean Energy Regulator has approved the first ERF project that will earn credits using the ERF industrial equipment upgrades method (see background here).
  • The federal government has released the final report of the review of the GEMS equipment energy efficiency and labelling scheme (see background here).
  • The Senate environment committee will conduct a lengthy inquiry into a Greens-proposed Bill on product stewardship, which will focus packaging and plastic (see background here).
  • The Clean Energy Regulator has released information on the performance of the Emissions Reduction Fund in August.
  • After the federal government conceded a previous EPBC assessment was inadequate, Adani has again made an EPBC referral for water infrastructure for its Carmichael coal mine.
  • Neoen Australia has submitted an EPBC referral for its 900MW Kentbruck wind farm and 500MW/1,000MWh hours battery storage facility in south-west Victoria.
  • InfraBuild, formerly Liberty OneSteel, has submitted an application for a hazardous waste permit to export up to 30,000 tonnes of zinc-containing electric arc furnace dust to South Korea for reclamation.
  • Have your say!: The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper on its review of resources sector regulation, with comments due by October 31.
  • The House of Representatives standing committee inquiring into nuclear energy is conducting a hearing in Canberra today and has released transcript of its August 29 hearing.
  • New resource: The NZ government today released a new framework for assessing climate change risks.


  • Statutory development: Parliamentary debate is under way this week on the Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) And Other Legislation Amendment Bill, which aims to improve water quality entering the Reef.

  • Grant opportunity – last chance!: Applications for recycling infrastructure grants of between $50,000 and $5 million will be accepted until September 22, under round two of the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program.
  • Have your say!: Comment closes October 25 on a draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commercial fishing development policy.


  • The Independent Planning Commission has refused consent for a coal mine and rejected claims by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment that NSW's climate policy was an irrelevant consideration (see background here).

  • Statutory development: The NSW government is conducting a statutory review of the Marine Pollution Act 2012. Comment closes October 16.
  • The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is proposing changes to the Biodiversity Assessment Method. Comment closes on October 16.
  • The EPA has released a waste management toolkit on the tender, contract and project management phases of construction projects.
  • The EPA has also released an owner's guide to the lawful disposal of construction waste.
  • Have your say!: IPART, which regulates water and energy utilities, has released issues papers on prices charged by Sydney Water and Hunter Water. Comments on discussion papers are due by October 21.


  • The ACT government has released a new climate change strategy for 2019 to 2025 to reach net zero by 2045 (see background here).


  • Have your say!: Comment closes November 10 on the EPA's draft charter of consultation.

  • The state's Planning Minister will decide whether to grant consent for any solar farm or battery with a capacity of at least 1MW, under a new planning amendment (see background here).
  • The EPA has released the report of a contaminated sites audit of the Hazelwood power station site.
  • Recovered Energy Australia Pty Ltd, the proponents of a waste to energy project proposed for Laverton North, have until tomorrow to provide a response to an EPA request for further information.
  • Have your say!: Comment closes October 31 on a regulations, standards and protocols that will support the state's new environmental law, due to take effect in mid-2020 (see background here).
  • Have your say!: A total of five renewable energy roadmaps are now open for consultation.
  • Have your say – last chance!: Parks Victoria is inviting
    comments by September 29 on its plans to develop a land management strategy for the parks estate.
  • Have your say – last chance!: Comment closes September 30 on the draft Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations and a regulatory impact statement.


  • Have your say!: Comment closes October 4 on a draft bill that would crack down on what constitutes clean fill and make company environmental monitoring data more accessible to the public (see background here).

  • Have your say!: Comments are due by October 7 on a draft waste plan that proposes the introduction of a waste levy (see background here).

South Australia:

Western Australia:

  • The air pollution condition applying to Yara Pilbara's ammonium nitrate plant on the Burrup Peninsula should be updated and tightened, the EPA has recommended (see background here).

  • Grant opportunity: Applications are due by October 30 for a share of $9 million in renewable hydrogen grants on offer from the state government. A further $1 million will fund work by the government's Renewable Hydrogen Unit.
  • Western Australia's appeals convenor has rejected an appeal against a Department of Water and Environmental Regulation decision to allow a landfill to accept PFAS waste (see background here).
  • Have your say – last chance!: Comment closes October 2 on a new discussion paper on carbon farming and the resource industry (see background here).
  • Have your say!: Comment closes November 29 on a discussion paper about the state's proposed climate policy (see background here).
  • Grant opportunity – last chance!: Applications close September 23 for grants of up to $250,000 under a $1.17 million funding round for waste and recycling infrastructure.

Jobs and appointments:

Promote your job opportunities to a wide but targeted readership! Either book a competitively-priced display ad, or arrange a free mini-listing. Contact here for details.

Court cases, fines, Federal, ACT, NSW, Queensland, SA, Tasmania, Victoria, WA, Tracker, Renewables, low emissions

Compliance news by jurisdiction

AustMap Tasmania Victoria South Australia New South Wales Australian Capital Territory Queensland the Northern Territitory Western Australia Federal