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Update of the licence management guidelines
Following the consultation on the changes to the Licence management guidelines (publication 1322), comments on the publication are now closed. Publication 1322 helps to clarify licence conditions and how to demonstrate compliance with them.
EPA’s response to the comments on this publication can be found in this document (publication 1675). Publication 1322 is now updated.
Periodic licence reviews
In 2015, EPA began reviewing the licences of all EPA-licensed sites. To prioritise the review, we have developed a framework based on our Licensed Operator Risk Assessment model.
The review comes after the Approvals review final report (publication 1521), released in 2013, identified a need to ensure licences are kept up to date with changing science, environmental conditions and community standards (Recommendation H). EPA’s periodic reviews will involve updating conditions, licence limits and administrative details. They will ensure premises plans are of good quality (see guidelines to prepare premises plans – landfill [Word 98KB], other types of premises [Word 106KB]).
The reviews will also assess the adequacy of existing conditions to produce the intended result.
EPA initiated a licensing reform program in 2010 to transform how we interact with business and ensure improved compliance. The program resulted in environmental licences that: are more accessible, set clear and standardised responsibilities for both the licence holder and EPA, and are outcome-focused. For more information, see Licensing reform 2010.
Licence review 2016
EPA identified landfill licences as a priority in 2015–16.
In consultation with the landfill sector, we developed a set of new landfill licence conditions. The implementation of these conditions onto landfill licences is under way. For more information on the landfill licence review, see Landfill Improvements Program.
2017 standard conditions review
Following multiple internal and external consultations, EPA has updated its set of standard licence conditions. The updated conditions, as well as response to submissions received during the public consultation period can be found in this document (Word 142KB).
The Licence management guidelines (publication 1322) have also been updated following a recent consultation on proposed changes. The guidelines clarify licence conditions and how to demonstrate compliance with them. The implementation of the updated standard conditions will not take place before November 2017. EPA’s response to the comments on this publication can be found in this document (publication 1675).
For more background information, watch the introductory webinar EPA ran on 16 February 2017. The webinar consisted of a presentation introducing the periodic reviews in more detail, a discussion of an example to demonstrate what reviewing standard conditions looks like, and 15 minutes of question time.
Watch the recording of the webinar below.
2017 sector licences review
In 2017, the licence review will focus on the following scheduled category sectors:
- G02 (Coal Processing)
- K01 (Power Stations)
- C01 (Extractive Industry and Mining)
The scope of the licence review is indicated below (click image for large version; text description of figure):
Future sector licence review
The proposed planning for the following years is as follows:
- 2018 – waste year – A01, A02, A04, A07, G05, premises
- 2019 – air year – A06, A08, A09, D01, D02, D03, D05, D06, D07, D08, E01, F02, F03, G01, G03, G04, H01, H03, H05, I01, I02, I03, I05, I06, J01, L01, L03
- 2020 – water year – A03, B03, K04
How can licence holders get involved?
EPA will continue to engage with licence holders regarding the reviews of standard conditions and sector licences.
We will seek input into both the reviews using surveys, calls for submissions and direct emails to licence holders. We will put details of proposed engagement activities on this page.
EPA will contact individual licence holders for the 2017 sectors to discuss the review of their licences. We will require updated administrative data and active involvement in the review of air, water and waste discharge tables.
What is the timeline for the review program?
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If you would like further information about the licence reviews, please contact the Licence Review team by emailing email@example.com
For general information, please contact:
GPO Box 4395
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
T: 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC)
Q&A from the webinar