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
- Guidelines for the vertical mixing of soil on former broad-acre agricultural land (PDF 148KB) (reprinted June 2003)
- Sampling design guidelines (PDF 2MB) (September 1995)
- Guidelines for assessing banana plantation sites (PDF 586KB) (reprinted August 2003)
- Guidelines for consultants reporting on contaminated sites (PDF 428KB) (reprinted August 2011)
- Guidelines for assessing former orchards and market gardens (PDF 172KB) (June 2005)
- Guidelines for the NSW Site Auditor Scheme, 3rd edition (PDF 999KB) (October 2017)
- Guidelines for the assessment and management of groundwater contamination (PDF 604KB) (March 2007)
- Guidelines on the duty to report contamination under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (PDF 412KB) (September 2015)
Note: The EPA's contaminated sites guidelines refer to
- the Australian Water Quality Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Waters (ANZECC, October 2000), are replaced as of 29 August 2018 by the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (ANZG, August 2018), subject to the same terms with the exception of the Water quality for primary industries component which still refer to the ANZECC 2000 guidelines
- the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999 (NEPC 1999) are replaced as of 16 May 2013 by the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999 (April 2013), subject to the same terms.
Guidelines approved by the EPA
Australian and New Zealand Government (ANZG)
- Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality, published by ANZG (August 2018)
- Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality - Water Quality for primary industries (ANZECC 2000)
EnHealth publications (formerly National Environmental Health Forum monographs)
- Composite sampling, Lock, W. H., National Environmental Health Forum Monographs, Soil Series No.3, 1996, SA Health Commission, Adelaide. Email enHealth.Secretariat@health.gov.au for an electronic copy of this publication.
- Environmental health risk assessment: Guidelines for assessing human health risks from environmental hazards, Department of Health and Ageing and EnHealth Council, Commonwealth of Australia (2012)
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.
- Guidelines for the Assessment and Clean Up of Cattle Tick Dip Sites for Residential Purposes, NSW Agriculture and CMPS&F Environmental (February 1996)
- Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, NHMRC and Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council of Australia and New Zealand (2011)