Evaluation reports


Review of the effectiveness of advice for planning schemes and scheme amendments that are not assessed under section 48A of the Environmental Protection Act 1986
Summary:

This report outlines the methodology and key findings of an evaluation into the effectiveness of advice issued under section 48A of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

When the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) decides not to assess a referred scheme or scheme amendment (described collectively as ‘schemes’) under section 48A, it may provide advice to the responsible authority about environmental issues and management.

Seven local schemes referred to the EPA in the past five years (between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2015), and four region scheme amendments referred in the past ten years (between 1 July 2005 and 30 June 2015) were evaluated.

Case information from internal files was reviewed and collected from discussions with Department of Planning (DoP) and local government. Advice considered to be impractical was also reviewed as a practice-improvement measure.


Status: Final
Release Date: 12 October 2016
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Review of the effectiveness of public advice for proposals that are not assessed under section 38 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986
Summary:

This report outlines the methodology and key findings of an evaluation into the effectiveness of public advice issued under section 39A of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

When the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) decides not to assess a proposal referred under section 38, it may provide to any person or authority advice about the environmental aspects of the proposal under section 39A.

Over the past decade the EPA has given public advice for approximately 300 proposals. Of these, six were chosen for this evaluation project based on a prescribed selection process. The proposals selected included a sample from a variety of industry groups and geographical regions in Western Australia.

A qualitative evaluation methodology was applied, which included: desktop analysis of information held by the EPA; public information and reports obtained from the proponent and decision making authorities (DMAs); proponent and DMA interviews; and site visits.

Each proposal evaluated was measured against five criteria: proponent awareness of the public advice issued by the EPA; application of the public advice by the proponent; application of the public advice by relevant DMAs; the appropriateness of the public advice in relation to the environmental outcomes sought; and an analysis of the effectiveness of the public advice in achieving environmental outcomes.


Status: Final
Release Date: 12 October 2016
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