Policy and compliance

Our Environmental Sustainability Policy frames the University's commitment to sustainable actions and responsible environmental management practices.

The policy underpins our commitment to action as a signatory to the Talloires Declaration

We are bound by several Commonwealth, State and local government statutes including:

  • Protection of the Environment Operations Act, 1997 and its regulations
  • Contaminated Land Management Act, 1997
  • Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999
  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act, 2007

Environmental Protection Licence

The University holds Environment Protection Licence No 122495 in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 3 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act, 1997. The licence was issued by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to regulate the research activities of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment for remediation of contaminated groundwater. The University is required to report annually to the EPA on the level of compliance with the licence conditions. At this point in time, the University is fully meeting its licence obligations.

The POEO Act requires that all Environment Protection Licence holders develop, implement and maintain a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PDF 2.9MB).