Instructions on how to prepare Environmental Protection Act 1986 Part IV Environmental Management Plans

The purpose of these instructions is to assist proponents to prepare Environmental Management Plans that may be provided at referral, required during an assessment by the EPA, or required as an implementation condition under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

For some of the EPA’s environmental factors there is additional guidance on the development of Environmental Management Plans. Refer to the relevant technical guidance in the EPA’s Framework for environmental considerations in EIA.

This guidance does not cover the preparation of Mine Closure Plans. Refer to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Statutory Guideline for Mine Closure Plans (March 2020) and Mine Closure Plan Guidance – how to prepare in accordance with the Statutory Guidelines (March 2020) when preparing mine closure plans. These documents are available at

The template attached to these instructions provides the structure of the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and the minimum requirements that the EPA/DWER needs to assess and/or approve the plan. The EPA expects that proponents follow the EMP template (unless otherwise agreed with the DWER), so that the EMP is concise.

Version 1.1 - 6 April 2017