Guideline: Regulatory principles

How the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation applies good regulatory principles to our regulatory functions under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
Last updated: 23 May 2023

We undertake environment regulation functions, mostly under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, of licensing, approvals, compliance and enforcement for:

  • emissions and discharges
  • waste
  • noise
  • clearing of native vegetation.

Licences and approvals allow activities that may otherwise be unlawful. When we grant such approvals, we are responsible to ensure the activities do not pose unacceptable risks to public health or the environment.