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Guidelines under the CLM Act

Section 105 of the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (CLM Act) allows the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to make or approve guidelines for purposes connected with the objects of the Act. These guidelines must be taken into consideration by the EPA whenever they are relevant and by accredited site auditors when conducting a site audit. They are also used by contaminated land consultants in undertaking investigation, remediation, validation and reporting on contaminated sites.

A current list of guidelines made or approved by the EPA under the CLM Act appears below. To obtain hard copies of the guidelines, contact Environment Line on 131 555.

Guidelines made by the EPA

Note: All references in the EPA's contaminated sites guidelines to:

subject to the same terms.

Guidelines approved by the EPA

ANZECC publications

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

More details on the amended NEPM and the transitional arrangements for its implementation

Other documents

  • 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)
  • Further guidance webpage
Page last updated: 13 October 2015