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Environment Protection Authority

Procedures for land managers

This information is for managers working for a public authority (e.g. local council or state government agency) or public corporation who are responsible for managing public land.

Public land managers are responsible for the management of a large proportion of land in NSW. These large land portfolios are likely to have a range of land tenures and historic uses which may have resulted in land contamination. Public land managers have obligations under the contaminated land management framework to ensure any human health and environmental risks associated with land contamination are appropriately managed.

Procedures for the identification and management of contaminated sites

The EPA, in consultation with key landholding agencies, has developed a set of model procedures for the identification and management of contaminated sites. The EPA acknowledges that a number of agencies have, or are in the process of, developing their own contaminated land management procedures. Rather than being prescriptive, these procedures provide a framework for dealing with contaminated land. This allows a public land manager to follow a consistent process in the management of contaminated land while incorporating their own compliance needs, strategic or corporate objectives, due diligence procedures and commercial drivers.

The procedures for land managers consist of a decision tree (PDF 182KB) highlighting the key decision points, stages in management and the resources available at each stage. The resource sheets detail the key considerations for a land manager at each stage in the management process, legislative obligations, guidelines and other tools.

Resource sheets

Page last updated: 20 October 2015