DPIPWE Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Procedures

​Compliance and enforcement are critical components of the diverse work that DPIPWE undertakes.

DPIPWE has 12 Divisions that along with four Ministers are responsible for the implementation of almost 100 pieces of primary legislation. This means our work in delivering compliance and enforcement is broad: from conducting audits for food safety, issuing permits for browsing wildlife management, issuing leases and licences for Crown land, issuing infringement notices for littering, and to preparing files to support court prosecutions, for example under Aboriginal heritage legislation.

It’s important that we are consistent in how we apply the law. DPIPWE’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Procedures document comprises a principles-based policy and a procedure that guides all Divisions in the approach used to interact with the community and industry.

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The Policy sets out the objectives by which we undertake our compliance and enforcement activities and includes as a key consideration that we will ensure that information is readily available to the community so they can voluntarily meet their compliance obligations. It is based on principles of effective community engagement and of accountability; describes the Department’s risk-based approach to the allocation of resources, and directs us to strive to ensure we effectively manage information and that we have the capacity and appropriate training required to deliver our responsibilities.

The Procedure describes how staff will be supported to undertake compliance and enforcement, how we respond to non-compliance, and the types of enforcement actions that we may take.

DPIPWE’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Procedures were developed by the Policy Branch with assistance from an Agency-wide Working Group.

It will be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis.


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