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Compliance policies and guidelines

The compliance team carries out a range of activities to make sure companies are meeting the strict conditions placed on their projects. This includes:

  • carrying out spot checks and unannounced visits to projects, including surveillance;
  • carrying out audits;
  • meetings with the community and industry to understand issues; and
  • investigating complaints.

If a company is found to have breached its conditions, our compliance officers take enforcement and other actions including:

  • prosecution for the most serious offences;
  • issuing fines;
  • issuing official cautions; and
  • negotiating practical solutions

Our compliance policy and associated guidelines provide information about how we go about our work and help to guide the work of our compliance officers.


Download Compliance Policies and Guidelines


Post Approval Timeframes Monthly Tracking*

The Department has introduced a system to record the time taken to review and approve post approval documents. This is in response to feedback from agencies, proponents, community and other stakeholders involved in the post approval phase of State Significant Projects. This feedback has highlighted the need to improve certainty around post approval timeframes.

The Department will publish a monthly summary of the average number of days it takes to review and approve post approval documents. This will allow all stakeholders in the post approval phase of State Significant Projects to better understand the Department's timeframes.

The following table lists the average number of days taken to review and approve these documents each month since June 2018.


May 2019 45 55
April 2019 53 81
March 2019 34 60
February 2019 53 72
January 2019 46 44
December 2019 36 87
November 2019  31 100
October 2018 36 107
September 2018  19 140
August 2018  29 118
July 2018  31 70
June 2018  30 95

*Results as of 8 July 2019

You can also find a summary of the team’s past and present activities under Compliance Activity.

Page last updated: 16/07/2019