Environment information services

Environmental matters including weather information, prescribed burns, bushfire alerts and air quality.

Alcoa Wagerup Alumina Refinery

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is conducting two assessments relating to Alcoa of Australia Limited’s (Alcoa) Wagerup Alumina Refinery.

Banksia Grove odours investigation

Odour complaints have been received from Banksia Grove, Carramar and Tapping residents. The complaints have mainly occurred through winter months when there are frequent light winds from the north.

Bio-Organics Pty Ltd Oakford

Bio-Organics operated a licensed compost manufacturing facility at Lot 36 Abernethy Road from 2002 to June 2014.

Clean Energy Future Fund

The Clean Energy Future Fund was launched in April 2020 and supports the implementation of innovative clean energy projects in Western Australia.

Clearing permit forms

The following information will help you determine when a permit is required, and which form to complete based on your proposed clearing activity.

Clearing permits

Clearing of native vegetation regulated under Part V Division 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986

Climate Science Initiative

Equipping Western Australians with the latest climate science and knowledge to respond to our changing climate

Cockburn Air Quality

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) continues to investigate and respond to complaints of dust and odours impacting the suburbs of Munster, Beeliar and Yangebup in the City of Cockburn to ensure that the health and amenity of the community is protected.

Cockburn Sound Management Council

The Cockburn Sound Management Council provides advice to the Minister for Environment on the environmental management of Cockburn Sound, in particular the protection and maintenance of water quality and associated environmental values of the Cockburn Sound marine area.

Consultation: Climate change in Western Australia

In September 2019, the Government of Western Australia commenced a 12-week public consultation period to seek feedback on climate change issues and opportunities for the state outlined in the Climate change in Western Australia – Issues paper.

Consultation: Compliance and Enforcement Policy

Following the creation of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on 1 July 2017, development of a Compliance and Enforcement Policy commenced to replace the policies of the three former departments.

Consultation: Single use plastic issues paper

The State Government sought your input on approaches to reduce single-use plastic items and their associated impacts in 2019 during a 13-week consultation period for the Let’s not draw the short straw – reducing single-use plastic issues paper.

Containers for Change

From 1 October 2020, Western Australians will be able to cash in their eligible drink containers for a 10 cent refund at any of the more than 200 authorised Containers for Change refund points across the State.

Dardanup Waste Precinct

A number of waste facilities are located in close proximity in the Dardanup area. DWER has received a number of complaints from the community in relation to odour and dust emissions and the method of operation of some premises within the Precinct.

DWER Policy Framework

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) has implemented a Policy Framework to ensure all documents across our business areas are classified into a clear and structured document hierarchy and governance model

DWER Regulatory documents

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) has implemented a Policy Framework initiative to classify all documents across our business areas into a clear and structured document hierarchy and governance model.

Electric Vehicle Strategy

The State Government has developed an Electric Vehicle Strategy to prepare for the transition to low and zero-emission electric vehicles and maximise the benefits to our state.

Emergency alerts and warnings

Emergency WA provides the best available emergency information for a range of hazards including bush fires, floods and storms.

Enhancing our climate resilience

Safeguarding the health and resilience of our community, economy and environment requires an understanding of the ways our climate will change, and strategies to enhance our preparedness.

Environment Online

One-stop-shop for environmental assessments, approvals and compliance

Find a known contaminated site

Search for sites that have been identified under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 using the Contaminated Sites Database interactive map.

Graph rainfall for grain-growing seasons

Rainfall to date graphs show the rainfall accumulated from the start of the grain growing season and can be used as a tool in the seasonal decision-making process.

Live coastal cameras

Access our coast cameras to view current conditions of key coastal locations in Western Australia.

Low carbon transition

Western Australia’s aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050 will ensure business well placed to thrive in a low-carbon world and Western Australians can look forward to a secure, sustainable future.

Mandurah Area Odours

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has received and is responding to odour complaints from residents in the Mandurah area.

Newman Air Quality

The WA Government acknowledges that dust levels in the Pilbara region can be higher than other areas in the State and will be taking a whole-of-Government approach in Newman in particular to ensure that the impacts of dust are well understood and regulated to the appropriate levels.

PFAS Investigations in Western Australia

The PFAS (per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances) National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP) establishes a practical basis for nationally consistent environmental guidance and standards for managing PFAS contamination.

Plastics and tyres processing infrastructure fund

The Western Australian and Australian Governments are working together to transform Western Australia’s waste and recycling industry through the Recycling Modernisation Fund. This closed on 17 August 2020 and proponents were shortlisted for more detailed evaluation which concluded in January 2021.

Port Hedland Air Quality

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges that dust levels in the Pilbara region can be higher than other areas in the state.

Sectoral Emissions Reduction Strategies

The Minister for Climate Action has launched the development of the sectoral emissions reduction strategies, a core commitment of the Western Australian Climate Policy

Site planning meetings start

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has processed more than 130 Authority to Act forms as part of the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program.

Stanley Road Waste Management Facility

The Stanley Road Waste Management Facility is operated by the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council and is licensed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

Wooroloo clean-up starts by stabilising asbestos

Asbestos stabilisation work has been completed and residents who have submitted an Authority to Act form will be contacted in the next week (week starting 22 March) to start scheduling individual site clean-up planning meetings.