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EPA is transforming to a modern, risk-based regulator. The Licensed Operator Risk Assessment (LORA) model is a key part of our transformation. It provides a consistent and transparent approach to prioritise our planned licence compliance inspections based on the risk of each site.
Since launching in July 2012 every licensed site has been inspected to collect up-to-date information and validate the risk ratings that have been assigned to individual sites.
LORA applies to all premises that hold an EPA licence. These may include:
The operations on these types of sites are licensed because of the risk they pose to the environment and are scheduled under the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions) Regulations 2007.
In addition to planned licence compliance inspections (informed by LORA), EPA also inspects licensed sites as part of:
The LORA model represents both ‘risk or harm to health and the environment’ and ‘likelihood of non-compliance’. It assesses licensed sites on six different criteria, including:
A LORA risk rating is calculated using information EPA currently holds and gathers across these six criteria. An operator with a low risk rating can expect fewer planned licence compliance visits, while those with a higher risk rating can expect more.
The LORA rating will be comprised of the following six criteria:
Page last updated on 29 May 2015