Compliance audits completed during 2011 - Summary of findings
About the summaries
This document is a summary of findings for compliance audits completed during 2011 by the EPBC Act Compliance Auditing Programme.
The projects audited were:
EPBC 2005/2315 – Location 423/11 Coconut Grove, Christmas Island - Addition of verandah to block of four units.
A compliance audit of Location 423/11 Coconut Grove, Christmas Island was conducted by the department in late March 2011.
There are two particular manner requirements set out in the decision notification and VC Management Pty Ltd acted in a manner consistent with requirement 1 by not constructing crossed timber balustrades on the verandah addition.
VC Management Pty Ltd were found to have acted in a manner consistent with requirement 2 which related to the design of the verandah balustrades by either vertical timber railing or 6-strand stainless steel wire. VC Management had self reported that the horizontal stainless steel wire used was 7x7 instead of 6. The use of a slightly different wire and the failure to advise the department of that decision has been addressed to the satisfaction of the department in line with the department's Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
The audit found that there were no impacts on the heritage values of the specified building located within the Settlement Precinct on Christmas Island.
A compliance audit of the Browns Oxide Project, which involves the mining and processing of oxide ore to produce copper, cobalt and nickel, was conducted by the department on 4 May 2011.
There are 6 conditions attached to the approval and HNC (Australia) Resources Pty Limited, the current operators of the project, demonstrated compliance with the conditions relating to implementation of the Biological and Land Management and Fire Management plans.
Two non-compliances were found relating to the submission of annual compliance reports and an independent audit not being carried out within the required timeframe. The non-compliances have since been addressed to the satisfaction of the department in accordance with the department's Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
A compliance audit of the Banksia Beach Water Treatment Plant and Borefield, Bribie Island, Queensland, was conducted by the department between 30 March and
1 April 2011.
There are 8 approval conditions attached to the approval and SEQWaterdemonstrated compliance with conditions 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 relating to yield limits, monitoring and record keeping. Condition 8 relating to Ministerial requests for revised plans was not applicable at the time of audit as no such request had been made.
Two non-compliances were found relating to timing of submission of the Environment Management Plan (EMP) for approval and non-submission of revised versions of the Banksia Beach Borefield Operating Management Plan (BOMP) and the EMP for approval prior to their implementation.
The non-compliances have been addressed to the satisfaction of the department with the provision and subsequent approval of revised plans. SEQWater was not the approval holder at the time of submission of the original EMP for approval and no compliance action has been taken by the department in this instance.
The audit also examined the implementation of the approved BOMP and EMP. Two non-conformances were identified regarding auditing and provision of a charter of functions for the Community Reference Group. Both of these non-conformances have now been addressed to the satisfaction of the department.
A compliance audit of ActewAGL 132kV Sub-transmission line, Williamsdale to Theodore, ACT was conducted by the department on 2 September 2011.
There are four conditions attached to the approval. Condition 1 relates to a Biodiversity Offset Strategy (BOS) covering the matters protected which include the White box-Yellow box-Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grasslands. Conditions 2, 3 and 4 are administrative and were not applicable at the time of audit.
Two non-compliances were found in relation to condition 1 & 1(b). The BOS was not submitted to the Minister within the required timeframe and did not include a stocking regime as specified in condition 1(b). The audit process has provided an opportunity to revisit, revise and improve the BOS to ensure the matters are better protected.
The non-compliances have been addressed to the satisfaction of the department, consistent with the department's Compliance and Enforcement Policy.