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Activities of the compliance teams

We are committed to carrying out our compliance activities in a transparent way. As part of this, we provide monthly reports on our compliance activities. 

 

The map below and the following table include compliance activities from July 2018 to June 2019.

 

The above map shows the number of projects sites visited in a selected time period. Note that some sites can be the subject of multiple compliance activities in any selected time period. Sites inspected that relate to projects approved by agencies other than the Department are not reported on the map. This map is best viewed in Internet Explorer.

 

Compliance monitoring activities

2018/2019 Total

Inspections and surveillance carried out

674

Investigations completed

326

Review of compliance documentation

1162

Subtotal compliance monitoring

2162

 

Enforcement activities

2018/2019 Total

Official cautions issued

18

Orders imposed

22

Enforceable undertaking 1

Penalty notices

21

Prosecutions

2

Total 

64

 

Compliance Reports

We prepare regular reports highlighting the work undertaken by the compliance team.

 

July 2019 formal enforcements

 

Enforceable undertakings 

Under Section 9.5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979, the Secretary of the Department is responsible for accepting Enforceable Undertakings on behalf of the Department and NSW Councils. Below is a list of enforceable undertakings accepted by the Secretary on behalf of the Department or the relevant NSW Council since the enactment of the provision on 1 March 2018. For more information, please refer to the department’s guideline.

 

August enforceable undertakings accepted by the Secretary on behalf of the Department of Planning and Environment

 

August enforceable undertakings accepted by the Secretary on behalf of NSW Councils

 

Previous compliance reports

Compliance audits and reports

As part of our ongoing investigation and enforcement functions, the compliance team conducts audits and other activities throughout the year. Recent audits and reports are listed below.

Dendrobium Coal Mine Report (2015)

In 2015, the Department prepared a report on its investigation into the impacts of longwall mining at the Dendrobium Coal Mine.

 

Bulga Village Noise Audit (2016)

In 2015, the Department commissioned an independent noise assessment of the Mt Thorley and Warkworth coal mines around Bulga Village.

 

Leard Forest Coal Mines (2015 - 2017)

The Leard State Forest coal mining complex is located near the township of Boggabri in north western NSW and is made up of the Maules Creek, Boggabri and Tarrawonga coal mines.

 

In February 2015, the Department conducted an audit of biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage management at the Leard Forest coal mines. The audit led to $12,000 in fines being imposed on the three mines due to breaches of consent conditions.

In 2016, the Department conducted an audit of vegetation clearing activities at Leard Forest coal mines.

In 2016, the Department and the EPA jointly commissioned Katestone Environmental Pty Ltd to assess the Maules Creek mine's compliance with air quality management conditions.

 

2017/18 Inspections

Since 2017, the Department has undertaken 78 inspections of wind and solar farms to monitor compliance with conditions of approval. A Fact Sheet outlining the program can be found below:

 

2015 Review

In 2015, the Department conducted a review of visual impact mitigation works at four wind farms. A summary report can be found below:

2015 Visual Impact Compliance Audit

2013

In 2012, the Department conducted an audit of conditions of consent at four operational wind farms in the NSW southern tablelands.


The NSW government has announced the outcomes of an independent compliance audit of three wind farms - Cullerin Range, Capital and Woodlawn - located in the local government areas of Upper Lachlan, Palerang and Goulburn-Mulwaree.

 

It has also released a report on the outcomes of community consultation in regard to this audit.

 

The audit found the wind farms met noise limits but breached approval conditions on a range of other issues. We would like to thank all community members and the wind farm operators who assisted with this audit.

Sand quarry audits (2015)

In 2015, the Department audited 19 of the 28 approved sand quarries in New South Wales. The summary report and fact sheet can be found below.

 

Mid Central West Region hard rock quarries (2015)

In 2015 the Department inspected four quarries in the mid central west region, to evaluate compliance with the conditions of approval. A fact sheet outlining the program can be found below.

 

Southern Tablelands hard rock quarries (2016)

In 2016 the Department inspected four quarries in the Southern Tablelands to evaluate compliance with the conditions of consent. A fact sheet outlining the program can be found below.

 

In 2016 and 2017 the Department audited political donations disclosure statements associated with State Significant Development (SSD) applications. A fact sheet about the program can be found below.

State Heritage items – Strategic Activity Program (2018)

In 2018, the Department conducted an inspection program of State Significant Development (SSD) projects to monitor heritage-related conditions. A fact sheet about the program can be found below.

 

Southern NSW Industries Audit (2015)

In 2015, the Department inspected four different industry operations in the Wollongong region to monitor compliance against conditions of approval. A fact sheet about the audit can be found below.

 

Potentially hazardous industries audit (2015)

In 2015, the Department inspected 25 facilities that handle, store or process potentially hazardous substances. A fact sheet about the audit can be found below.

 

Waste and Resource Recovery Industry

In 2017/18, the Department undertook a program of inspections and document review of State Significant waste and resource recovery facilities. A fact sheet about the program can be found below.

 

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Page last updated: 03/09/2019