Training Course - Environmental Impact assessment (EIA) with a focus on the WA and Commonwealth processes 

October 23rd 2019, 9am to 4:30pm


The WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) carries out assessments of major projects - including iron ore mines, major roads, marinas, LNG plants, and airports – where environmental impacts are significant. These assessments, and any subsequent approval by the Minister for the Environment, often have significant implications for other decision making processes, for example Planning, and for affected stakeholders. 

This one-day training course will give participants a working understanding of the principles and practices of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process, and the skills and knowledge to be better involved in future assessments. The Commonwealth assessment process under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Actwill also be covered.

This is the third time Garry has run this course.

Course purpose

The course has two parts:

1.    The morning session - where the EIA processes are described, and significant case studies discussed;

2.    The afternoon session - where participants workshop specific cases studies to get a better understanding of how assessments are carried out and the complexities involved in doing an EIA. 

This course is aimed at professionals, decision makers and community members who want a working understanding of these two processes.

Key topics covered in the morning session 

1.    An introduction to best practices of EIA;

2.    The WA EIA process in detail

a.    Key legislation, regulations and policies

b.   Details of the assessment process;

c.    Appeals;

d.   Post assessment - follow-up;

e.    Key issues/factors;

f.     Policies;

g.   Current issues, including offsetting.

3.    The EPBC Act assessment process

a.    Details of the process

b.   Bilaterals and the WA context

4.    Important case studies.

5.    Opportunities for questions and answers.

Details of the afternoon session

This session is ‘hands on’ in that participants will work through some case study assessments, working in groups as an “EPA” to complete exercises in:

1.     Screening;

2.     Scoping;

3.     Assessing a proposal as an EPA;

4.     Condition setting; and

5.     Understanding EPA policies.

Course materials

Attendees will receive a compressive set of notes that support the material provided in the course, as well as a hard copy of the full set of slide used in the course.

Course date and costs

The course will be held on Wednesday 23rdOctober at Cliftons training centre,Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Cost for the course is $440 (incl GST), which includes catering and course material.

Number for each session are limited to 25.

Registration and payment

Click HERE to download and information and enrolment sheet.

Or, to register and pay on-line, click HERE.