Consultants reporting on contaminated land: Contaminated Land Guidelines

The NSW EPA is reviewing its guidance for consultants reporting on the management of contaminated land to make sure it fully explains what information consultant reports need to contain. The aim is to ensure that reports prepared by consultants on contaminated land contain the right information in a suitable format to allow efficient review by regulators, site auditors, and other interested parties.

When assessing contaminated land in Australia and reporting on those assessments consultants follow the nationally consistent approach set out in the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999. This is to ensure sound environmental management practices by the community. The EPA is seeking to make sure its Contaminated Land Guidelines support the national framework where appropriate, and further strengthen contaminated land management by reflecting industry best practice.


Draft guidelines for consultants reporting on contaminated land


The EPA has released the paper - Consultants reporting on contaminated land: Contaminated Land Guidelines, for public consultation.

These guidelines:

  • describe the stages of reporting on the management of contaminated land and the objective of the reports for each stage
  • provide checklists of reporting requirements for consultants to use when reporting on contaminated sites.

The EPA invites feedback on the draft guidelines to ensure they:

  • adequately achieve its purpose
  • contain up-to-date and relevant information
  • are useful and user-friendly.

The final version of the guidelines will replace the current Guidelines for consultants reporting on contaminated sites (PDF 428KB).

Download the draft guidelines for consultants reporting on contaminated land (PDF 2.8MB)


Consultation process

Consultation is closed

The consultation was open for six weeks, from 27 August until midnight 8 October 2019.

If you have any questions on the consultation, please see the FAQs or contact the EPA by emailing CLM.Consultation@epa.nsw.gov.au.

The NSW EPA is reviewing its guidance for consultants reporting on the management of contaminated land to make sure it fully explains what information consultant reports need to contain. The aim is to ensure that reports prepared by consultants on contaminated land contain the right information in a suitable format to allow efficient review by regulators, site auditors, and other interested parties.

When assessing contaminated land in Australia and reporting on those assessments consultants follow the nationally consistent approach set out in the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999. This is to ensure sound environmental management practices by the community. The EPA is seeking to make sure its Contaminated Land Guidelines support the national framework where appropriate, and further strengthen contaminated land management by reflecting industry best practice.


Draft guidelines for consultants reporting on contaminated land


The EPA has released the paper - Consultants reporting on contaminated land: Contaminated Land Guidelines, for public consultation.

These guidelines:

  • describe the stages of reporting on the management of contaminated land and the objective of the reports for each stage
  • provide checklists of reporting requirements for consultants to use when reporting on contaminated sites.

The EPA invites feedback on the draft guidelines to ensure they:

  • adequately achieve its purpose
  • contain up-to-date and relevant information
  • are useful and user-friendly.

The final version of the guidelines will replace the current Guidelines for consultants reporting on contaminated sites (PDF 428KB).

Download the draft guidelines for consultants reporting on contaminated land (PDF 2.8MB)


Consultation process

Consultation is closed

The consultation was open for six weeks, from 27 August until midnight 8 October 2019.

If you have any questions on the consultation, please see the FAQs or contact the EPA by emailing CLM.Consultation@epa.nsw.gov.au.