The OEPA audits compliance with the conditions of Ministerial Statements and undertakes enforcement action as appropriate.
The OEPA uses a variety of proactive and reactive methods to monitor compliance including audits of proposals, reviews of compliance assessment reports, onsite inspections, and stakeholder engagement.
The results from the compliance audits identify areas to improve proponent’s compliance, and help in improving future compliance programs and the environmental impact assessment process.
When non-compliance with an implementation condition or proponent commitment of a Ministerial Statement is identified the proponent is issued with a Notice of Non-Compliance, detailing actions required to rectify the issue and regain compliance.
The Minister for Environment is informed of each non-compliance, which enables a range of actions to be undertaken if required.