Local government can apply an environmental audit overlay (EAO) to a site under the Victoria Planning Provisions. It signals that a site is potentially contaminated and requires an environmental audit before any works commence on that site. However, the audit can be delayed until the site is ready to be redeveloped.
An EAO does not prevent an assessment and approval of a planning scheme amendment. However, it does prevent planning permits being issued until a 53X audit is completed and a certificate or statement of environmental audit is produced. A 53V audit should not be carried out to address requirements of an EAO, as it does not relate directly to assessing the condition of a contaminated site.
An EAO can only be removed by an audit occurring or by a planning scheme amendment.