Regulatory Strategy

    Fundamental to the department’s vision of a healthy and resilient environment for a sustainable and prosperous Queensland, the Regulatory Strategy (PDF, 291.4KB) outlines the department’s regulatory approach to fulfill its vision.

    By implementing the regulatory strategy the department has shifted its regulatory focus from setting and applying the standards (our assessment function) to monitoring and responding to performance (our compliance function).

    This regulatory refocus is assisted by our business model, which includes a business centre for each major industry sector, each dedicated to assessing and deciding permit applications; and compliance centres distributed across the state, delivering compliance activities and priorities identified through a compliance planning framework, and increasing our ability to work with customers to achieve compliance.

    This change in focus continues to deliver the following benefits for:

    Industry

    • More certainty and consistency in approval conditions.
    • Quicker approvals.
    • More opportunities to innovate and deliver more efficient environmental solutions.
    • Reduced compliance costs.

    The environment

    • Adoption of best practice environmental management by industry.
    • Assessment based on risk.
    • Increase proactive compliance.
    • Greater understanding of environmental management.

    Implementation of the Regulatory Strategy ensures industry is able to prosper while Queensland’s unique environment and heritage places are well-managed and protected now and into the future and the department has made improvements to the way we operate to give our customers and the community a better service.

    • This video explains how implementation of the Regulatory Strategy affects your operation.

      This video explains how implementation of the Regulatory Strategy affects your operation.

    How the department is setting and applying the standards

    How the department is monitoring and responding to performance