Common conditions

Model operating conditions


Assessment guidelines

Composting guidelines

Technical guidelines

A Receiving Environment Monitoring Program (REMP) may be required for an activity that releases contaminants to waters. The aim of a REMP is to monitor and assess the potential impacts of contaminants releases to the environment. A REMP will help evaluate whether the conditions on the licence are effectively maintaining or protecting environment values over time.

The document, which is largely of a technical nature, provides guidance for implementing a REMP where a proponent is required to do so by the administering authority.

The guideline will be subject to review and improvement to ensure it appropriately addresses Industry needs.

For waste management guidelines and information sheets

Recognised entity reports

Section 215(2)(l) of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) provides the department with the discretionary power to amend existing environmental authorities (EAs) on the basis of a report made by or for, or approved by, a recognised entity (i.e. a recognised entity report). Following the approval of a recognised entity report, the department may choose to amend applicable EAs. If the department determines that this approach is necessary, the department would engage with affected EA holders and relevant industry representative associations prior to making any amendments. The procedure for amending an EA is provided for under sections 216 to 221 of the EP Act.

Critical Evaluation of Composting Operations and Feedstock Suitability Report

In response to a Queensland Government commitment to commission an independent report to review EA waste acceptance criteria for composting operations, the department engaged Arcadis Australia Pty Ltd to deliver the Critical Evaluation of Composting Operations and Feedstock Suitability Report.

The department has recognised this report as a recognised entity report under section 215(2)(l) of the EP Act. A copy of the report is provided below. All enquiries in relation to this report should be emailed to Please do not contact the report’s author in relation to the report contents or how the department may use the report.

Phase 1 – Odour issues

Phase 2 - Contamination


Noise Measurement Manual—ESR/2016/2195 (PDF, 559.4KB)

Noise monitoring is undertaken by the Queensland Government for a variety of reasons; including the provision of information to government for policy and investment decision-making, to underpin environment management decisions by government and industry, and to assess impacts on the community and environment.

This manual explains how to:

  • Plan a noise measurement
  • Take on-site source and background noise measurements
  • Determine component levels by removing ambient noise
  • Make adjustments to account for tonal and impulsive characteristics
  • Report noise measurements.

The Noise Measurement Manual facilitates consistency and reliability of noise measurement.