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Under section 53 of the Environment Protection Act 1970, there are two types of environmental audits, called 53X and 53V audits.

Audits can be a complex process, depending on your site or activity.

A 53X audit finds out if a site is suitable for industrial, commercial or residential use. These are the most common type of environmental audit. 

A 53V audit measures an industrial activity's risk to the environment. It can also verify if the land or groundwater is contaminated and needs to be cleaned up.

While the process for both types of audits is the same, the outcomes can differ. An audit can result in a set of recommendations or conditions. This may involve actions the owner of the site needs to take. 

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53X audit process

53V audit process 

Reviewed 28 October 2019