Environment Online

One-stop-shop for environmental assessments, approvals and compliance
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Latest news and events

March 2022

On 16 March, Director General Michelle Andrews provided external stakeholders with an update on the first release of Environment Online, together with a summary of the recent co-design workshop.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is working towards 16 August 2022 as the ‘go live’ date of Environment Online. This will provide proponents with online access to key parts of the environmental impact assessment process.

The first release work will be completed by mid-year, followed by six weeks of user acceptance testing, bug fixes and training before ‘go live’.

The project will continue to be released in stages over coming years to fully automate and simplify our business and increase transparency and accountability. The $28 million Environment Online project will transform our business and introduce greater efficiency in assessments and approvals.

If you didn’t receive the external stakeholder email please contact us at environment.online@dwer.wa.gov.au to be added to the mailing list.

Alternatively, if you are keen to reduce the number of emails you receive, we will post regular updates here - so simply watch this space.

December 2021

The Environment Online team held an event on 15 December 2021 to showcase progress of the online platform. Watch a recording of the showcase.

If you would like more information, please contact environment.online@dwer.wa.gov.au.

What is it? 

Environment Online will be a single online platform bringing together all aspects of water and environmental assessments, approvals and compliance. 

This one-stop-shop will allow users to submit, monitor and review submissions and approvals related to native vegetation clearing, industry licences, water licences and permits, waste, and environmental impact assessments.

Consolidating these functions into one easy-to-use, digital location will shorten turnaround times and ensure quicker assessment processes for joint State and Australian Government projects, helping to create jobs and support the economy. 

Who can use it? 

Environment Online will be available to industry, developers, government officers, consultants, external partners and the Western Australian community. 

When will it be live?

The Environment Online platform will be rolled out over the next three years.

We are working towards 16 August 2022 as the ‘go live’ date of Stage One. 

 Environment Online Roadmap as at 10 March 2022
Environment Online Roadmap as at 10 March 2022


Environment Online will offer:

  • a dashboard for users to submit and track the status of applications, comments and activities; send and receive correspondence; notify incidents; and pay and manage fees 
  • the ability to login anytime, anywhere on mobile devices
  • a user profile storing all related information
  • modern case management in one platform 
  • transparent data and knowledge sharing for all users
  • consolidation of current Geographic Information System (GIS) data  
  • ‘chatbots’ for responsive customer service.

Access and training

Users will access the platform via a separate URL or through the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation or EPA websites. 

Environment Online is being developed as an intuitive, user-friendly platform. 

Training and support will be available via self-serve guides, videos and online support. More information will be available as the roll out progresses.

Partnership with other agencies

Environment Online is one of several initiatives to enhance partnerships and working relationships between State Government agencies and the Australian Government. Other reforms include: 

Page reviewed 16 March 2022