Statutory guidelines

The EPA can make or approve guidelines under section 105 of the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 for the purposes connected with the objects of the Act.

Statutory guidelines must be considered by 

  • the EPA
  • accredited site auditors
  • contaminated land consultants
  • those responsible for land contamination with a duty to notify the EPA.

Guidelines made by the EPA

Note: The EPA's contaminated sites guidelines refer to

Guidelines approved by the EPA

Australian and New Zealand Government (ANZG)

EnHealth publications (formerly National Environmental Health Forum monographs)

National Environment Protection Council publications

The NEPM consists of a policy framework for the assessment of site contamination: Schedule A (Recommended General Process for the Assessment of Site Contamination) and Schedule B (Guidelines).

Schedule B guidelines include

  • Guideline on investigation levels for soil and groundwater
  • Guideline on site characterisation
  • Guideline on laboratory analysis of potentially contaminated soils
  • Guideline on site-specific health risk assessment methodology
  • Guideline on ecological risk assessment
  • Guideline on methodology to derive ecological investigation levels in contaminated soils
  • Guideline on ecological investigation levels for arsenic, chromium(iii), copper, DDT, lead, naphthalene, nickel and zinc
  • Guideline on the framework for risk-based assessment of groundwater contamination
  • Guideline on derivation of health-based investigation levels
  • Guideline on community engagement and risk communication
  • Guideline on competencies and acceptance of environmental auditors and related professionals

The ASC NEPM was amended on 16 May 2013. 


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