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

Covering comprehensive DETAILS of the proposed and new Contaminated Land Laws for Victoria; Update of changes to Contaminated Land laws for the Commonwealth, NSW, QLD, SA & WA; and Best practice options for managing contaminated land 

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 proposed 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, Peter J Ramsay & Assoc, have developed this Seminar to bring you up to speed with the latest details on the NEW and proposed Victorian contaminated land laws – from a Regulatory and comprehensive legal perspective; Update of the changes to Contaminated Land laws for the Commonwealth, NSW, SA, QLD and WA; and the experts will provide best practice options for managing contaminated land. The Seminar will provide a regulatory, legal and contaminated land management experts’ perspective to assist you in understanding your obligations and 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 expert- MinterEllison Lawyers, and Workshop Partner and contaminated land management experts – Peter J Ramsay & Assoc.



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

  • Tina Khoury – CEO, Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
    Welcome and Introduction of the Day

  • Sam Johnson – Senior Policy Officer, Vic Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) AND 
    Alysha Holland – Transformation Subject Matter Expert, EPA Victoria –
    • The Regulators:  Details of the proposed new Victorian Environment Protection Act and Regulations, Standards…as it relates to Contaminated Land 

  • Josh Dellios – Partner, MinterEllison Lawyers AND
  • Amanda Johns – Special Consultant, MinterEllison Lawyers
    • Overview of the change to Contaminated Land Laws in the Commonwealth, NSW, QLD, SA & WA over the past 12 months, including –
      • PFAS National Environment Management Plan – update
      • Emerging issues

    • A comprehensive legal perspective of the details of the proposed 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 considerations and implications for –
      • Property owners
      • Tenants and occupiers of land
      • Developers
      • Buyers
      • Sellers
      • Councils

    • A legal perspective on Managing your Contractors

  • 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

  • Case Study:  Management and Development of Contaminated Land 

  • 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)
October 5, 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
Public Transport:
Train: Southern Cross is the closest; Tram: Tram run along Collins Street to Cnr Collins & King Street Melbourne
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