Environmental auditing

53X audit process


  1. Engage an environmental auditor. (Find lists of appointed auditors on Role of an environmental auditor.)
  2. If the site is suitable for intended use (i.e., not contaminated), the auditor will commence investigations (sampling and analysis).
  3. If site contamination is suspected, the auditor will instruct a qualified and experienced professional (an environmental consultant) to be engaged to undertake a site assessment.
  4. If an environmental consultant is engaged, they must liaise with the auditor to:
    • ensure that the assessment undertaken will meet the auditor’s requirements and state and national standards
    • identify exactly what information they need to provide to the auditor.
    (The auditor and consultant must be independent of one another – i.e., not come from the same company or be affiliated.)
  5. If the site is polluted, then a cleanup program should be developed. The consultant must liaise with the auditor to ensure an acceptable standard is reached.
    (The auditor must not be involved in the design or implementation of the cleanup.)
  6. When the cleanup is completed, the site is assessed to ensure the cleanup was effective.
    (The auditor or consultant may undertake this.)
  7. After assessing the cleanup works, the auditor will prepare an environmental audit report and determine whether a certificate or statement will be issued.
  8. The auditor must provide EPA (in accordance with Environmental auditor guidelines – Provision of environmental audit reports, certificates and statements, publication 1147) and the relevant planning authority a copy of the environmental audit report and certificate or statement within seven days of completing the report.

Page last updated on 21 Dec 2015