SEMINAR: CONTAMINATED LAND: New Laws and Managing the Risks – 18 OCTOBER 2019





New laws and managing the risks

Presented by the 
Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

In association with

Proud Principal Partner – MinterEllison Lawyers

Proud Workshop Partner – Peter J Ramsay & Associates

Peter J Ramsay & Assoc

18 October 2019 – 1 DAY

Venue:  Conference Rooms, MinterEllison Lawyers, Rialto Towers, L23, 525 Collins Street Melbourne

Site contamination remains a significant legal and commercial issue for landowners, occupiers, developers, sellers, purchasers, councils and those dealing with the management of contaminated land. 

The introduction of new Contaminated Land laws in Victoria will add to the complexity of contaminated land management and will increase obligations on landowners and occupiers…

The Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) together with Principal Partner – MinterEllison Lawyers and contaminated land management experts have developed this Seminar to bring you up to speed with the latest information on new contaminated land laws in Victoria and your obligations for managing contaminated land in all Australian states and territories.  The Seminar will provide a regulatory, legal and contaminated land management experts perspective to assist you in understanding your obligations and will provide best practice options for preventing and managing contamination land – to prevent the pitfalls.

Troubleshooting session:   Participants are encouraged to bring along certain issues to discuss with leading lawyer and experts.

Please note:  During this Seminar, there will be opportunity for delegates to ask specific questions of all presenters.



Facilitator:  Nina Vordonas, Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

Sam Johnson – Senior Policy Officer, Vic Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) AND 
EPA Victoria (senior management TBA)

  • Details of the new Victorian Act and Regulations as it relates to Contaminated Land 

Josh Dellios – Partner, MinterEllison Lawyers

Legal perspective on the laws and obligations relating to contaminated land management for VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, including –

  • Detailed analysis of new Victorian contaminated land laws and obligations
    • Waste and Contaminated Land – dealing with contaminated soil in the new waste framework, e.g. categories; requirements relating to stockpiling; transport and disposal
    • Statutory notices
    • Considerations of the General Environment Duty (GED) for undertaking site remediation or site works and assessment
    • Third party enforcement of contaminated land laws
    • Changes to the audit system
    • and much more…
  • Key implications for VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, WA, TAS as it relates to –
    • Property owners
    • Tenants and occupiers of land
    • Developers
    • Buyers
    • Sellers
    • Councils
  • Key updates on contaminated land regulatory frameworks in all States and Territories over the past 12 months
  • PFAS National Environment Management Plan – update
  • Emerging issues

Peter Ramsay – Principal Consultant and Managing Director, Peter J Ramsay & Assoc

Key Risks – a contaminated land management experts’ perspective

  • New obligations under the Victorian Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018
  • Identifying liabilities prior to acquisition or divestment
  • How to avoid pitfalls when management contaminated land 
  • Case studies to prevent the pitfalls – “when things go wrong”

Preventing the pitfalls by contaminated land experts  

  • Preventing the pitfalls when managing contaminated land

Buying, Selling, Assessing, Auditing, Remedial Options:

  • Buying and selling contaminated land –
    • The process of due diligence
    • Review of contract/Section 32 and environmental reports
    • Reliance on previous environmental reports
    • Undertaking an independent environmental investigation
  • Assessing and auditing contaminated land –
    • Preliminary site investigation
    • Detailed site investigation
    • Risk assessment
    • Environmental audit (including Audits under the Victorian EP Act 2018)
    • Remediation and Cleanup to Extent Possible (CUTEP)
    • Capping and containment
    • Environment Management Plans

Mark Van Schoten – Associate, Peter J Ramsay & Assoc

  • Options for managing land impacted by contaminated –
    • Mitigating risks
    • Managing contaminants such as PFAS (including NEMP guidelines) and Asbestos in soil
    • Other remedial options
      • Remediation technologies
      • Alternative land use
      • Other remedial/management options

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia

  • Case Study: Understanding the challenges and dealing with a range of stakeholders associated with contaminated land management 

and more…

Networking Opportunities

A comprehensive set of course notes will be provided to all delegates.

AEBN Networking refreshments breaks (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) will be provided during the course of the day.



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