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Introduction

The Chief Executive Officer of the Department responsible for administering the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act), currently the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), may appoint authorised persons and inspectors under sections 87 and 88 of the EP Act respectively (collectively termed Authorised Officers).

Authorised Officers are provided authority to exercise specified regulatory powers and functions in the administration of environmental legislation which includes monitoring compliance, investigating alleged breaches and undertaking regulatory action.

The DWER Authorised Officer program training requirements aim to ensure that officers have an appropriate understanding of their powers and responsibilities under the legislation administered by DWER and the fundamental skills and knowledge relevant to their appointment. The training resources for applicants for appointment as an Authorised Officer (Applicants) are detailed below.

Authorised Officer Powers and Responsibilities: Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act Manual)

This manual provides officers an understanding of the appointment of an Authorised Officer, the powers and responsibilities of an Authorised Officer and the limitations of an Authorised Officer.

  • All new applicants are requested to review the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and complete and submit the assessment at Appendix A to the EP Act Manual.

Unauthorised Discharges Regulations – Authorised Officers (UDR Manual)

The purpose of this manual is to inform Authorised Officers about the provisions of the Unauthorised Discharges Regulations 2007 (UDRs), how they work, what discharges into the environment breach the UDRs, how to identify the elements of the offence and what options are available for appropriate regulatory action against non-compliant discharges into the environment.

  • New applicants who will be investigating breaches of the UDRs are requested to review the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and complete and submit the assessment at Appendix A to the UDR Manual.

Noise Regulation Training

The DWER Noise Regulation Training (Noise Training) is delivered face-to-face, by DWER. The Noise Training runs over 2 full days and is provided at no cost to local government officers. A pre-requisite to the Noise Training is a fundamental understanding of the physics of sound.

Officers wishing to enrol in the Noise Training will be asked to outline the training or education they have undertaken covering the physics of sound, such as a DWER recognised environmental noise training or tertiary studies covering the physics of sound, and be able to provide documentation of completion of this study. Where a potential attendee does not meet the pre-requisite they will be directed to an appropriate DWER endorsed physics of sound course.

  • New applicants investigating breaches of the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 are requested to provide evidence of physics of sound and completion of the DWER 2 day Noise Regulation Training.

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Queries regarding physics of sound should be forwarded to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steps to complete

DWER local government and other agency officers who are seeking authorisation under the EP Act are required to complete the following steps.

  1. Undertake to complete the training relevant to your requirements as specified above.
  2. Submit the completed assessment/s and/or evidence requirements relevant to your application for appointment.
  3. Download and complete the Application for appointment as an Authorised Officer form and provide a passport sized photograph (local government and other agency photographs require manager signature for validation of true identity).
  4. Submit your completed application form, passport sized photo (jpeg) and relevant assessment/s and/or evidence requirements relevant to your application for appointment This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Training Resources - available on request

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