Better environment plans are designed to allow EPA to formally endorse an innovative way of complying with the Act.

A group of organisations may also use better environment plans to show how they’ll collectively address an environmental issue.

We’ll support you to understand when a better environment plan can be used and how to design a plan to prevent harm to human health and the environment.

When you’re proactive in understanding your environmental obligations, you can do a better job of managing your environmental performance.

Better environment plans are voluntary

Better environment plans are voluntary. Proposed plans will need to be provided to EPA for assessment. To have legal effect, a plan will need to be accepted by EPA and the commitments in it followed. Putting together a better environment plan may help build your confidence and knowledge in managing your environmental challenges.

Everyone must meet their obligations under the Act. Better environment plans are not an alternative to or a way of avoiding those obligations.

Examples of a better environment plan

EPA will soon give information on the types of proposed plans it will accept.

In the future, better environment plans could cover a range of situations:

  • Businesses in an industrial estate working together to manage their collective dust impacts.
  • A business cleaning up contaminated sites seeking EPA's approval of a plan that manages the cleanup over an agreed time to address the main risks first.

Read more about tools to support and manage risk

Managing low-risk activities to comply with environmental protection laws

Managing medium to high-risk activities to comply with environmental protection laws

Industry guidance

Subordinate legislation tools to support the new Act

Reviewed 28 October 2019