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Suitable operator register

A suitable operator is a person or corporation who has been registered by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection as being suitable to carry out an environmentally relevant activity (ERA). This suitable operator register is required under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

If you wish to apply for an environmental authority to operate an ERA and are not already a registered suitable operator you must become one before you apply for an environmental authority. You can search this register to obtain your suitable operator reference number or to see if you are already registered. Once registered as a suitable operator, you will not need to be assessed again unless the registration is cancelled.

You can apply to become a registered suitable operator by:

  • completing an application online through Connect or
  • requesting the form Application to be a registered suitable operator—ESR/2015/1771—available by emailing or phoning 1300 130 372 (and selecting option 4). Submit the form to the Department of Environment and Science using the postal details supplied in the form.

If you do not know the reference number or ABN/ACN for the suitable operator that you're looking for you can list all suitable operators.

Information contained within the suitable operator register is current as of 12 August 2019.

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To update information on this register

Contact the Permit and Licence Management team at .

Last updated:
12 August 2019