CONTAMINATED LAND SEMINAR: New laws and managing the risks – October 18, 2019

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CONTAMINATED LAND SEMINAR:  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 VICTORIAN Contaminated Land laws 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 for Victoria and provide an update of the contaminated land legal framework for NSW, SA, QLD, WA, TAS.  The Seminar will provide a regulatory, legal and contaminated land management experts’ perspective to assist you in understanding your obligations and provide options for preventing and managing contaminated land to prevent the pitfalls.

Troubleshooting session:   Participants are encouraged to bring along challenging issues for troubleshooting with the experts.

The Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) wishes to sincerely thank Principal Partner and contaminated land legal experts – MinterEllison Lawyers, and Workshop Partner and contaminated land management experts – Peter J Ramsay & Assoc.



  • 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 Environment Protection Act and recently released Regulations, Standards…as it relates to Contaminated Land 

  • Josh Dellios – Partner, MinterEllison Lawyers –
    • Legal perspective and detailed analysis of the NEW VICTORIAN contaminated land management laws and obligations including –
      • 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 –
      • Property owners
      • Tenants and occupiers of land
      • Developers
      • Buyers
      • Sellers
      • Councils
    • Key updates on contaminated land regulatory frameworks for NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, NT, WA over the past 12 months
    • A legal perspective on Managing your Contractors
    • 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 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 Environment Protection 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.



CONTAMINATED LAND SEMINAR: New laws and managing the risks – October 18, 2019
October 18, 2019 8:45 AM
October 18, 2019 5:00 PM
Presented by:
Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
July 20, 2019
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L23, Rialto Tower, 525 Collins Street, MELBOURNE, Select a Country:
$485 AEBN Member, MinterEllison and Peter J Ramsay & Assoc clientele
$560 early bird to 20 Sept 2019; $590
Early bird parking surrounds the venue
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Train: Southern Cross is the closest; Tram: Tram run along Collins Street to Cnr Collins & King Street Melbourne
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