Licences and approvals

Iluka Resources works approval

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has completed its assessment of Iluka Resources’ application for a works approval to continue disposing mineral sands waste at Pit 23 of its Douglas mine site. EPA has found that neither pollution nor environmental hazard has occurred, nor is likely to occur in the future as a result of current and proposed Pit 23 disposal activities.

As a result of this assessment, EPA has determined the company does not require a works approval or licence for these activities.

You can read more about EPA's decision in this report: Decision on proposed waste by-product disposal at Douglas Mine Pit 23 (publication 1626)

We have also published the works approval application assessment report (PDF 39MB – very large file). The assessment report includes the Independent Desktop Review report (PDF 2.6MB).

Read EPA's media statement about the decision

Iluka will still require a planning permit from Horsham Rural City Council (HRCC) and the radiation management licence in place for the site. The radiation management licence is issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Further information

If you would like to speak to someone about the works approval application or planning permit application, please phone Richard Hook, Project Manager, Works Approval, on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or send an email.

To speak to someone about the planning permit application currently before HRCC, please phone Adam Moar, Statutory Planner on 03 5382 9798 or email

For media enquiries please contact the EPA media hotline on 03 9695 2704. This phone line is diverted to an on-call officer after hours.

Note: Persons whose interests are affected by the matter may seek review through an application to the Supreme Court. EPA is unable to provide legal advice to the applicant or any other person regarding rights of review and recommends that anyone uncertain of their rights seek independent legal advice.

For older developments on this application, see the Iluka Douglas mine site archive.

Page last updated on 24 Mar 2017