Industry environmental codes
Codes of practice for activities that cause, or are likely to cause, environmental harm, have been approved under s. 318E of the Environmental Protection Act. These codes of practice list ways of achieving compliance with the general environmental duty. Industry or industry associations generally prepare these codes to advise members on measures they should take to prevent or minimise environmental harm.
An environmental code is one of the factors the administering authority needs to consider in making certain decisions under the Act. You can also defend a charge of unlawfully causing environmental harm if you can prove that you were complying with the terms of an approved code of practice (s. 493A).
Preparing a code is a voluntary action taken by industries who want to take a step towards greater environmental responsibility. Similarly, complying with a code is voluntary—it is not an offence to fail to comply with a code. However the defence mentioned above is available to operators who are complying with the terms of a code that are relevant to the issue in question.
Environmental codes approved by the minister are published in the Government Gazette. To date, the following codes have been approved:
- Concrete batching industry code of practice
- Mosquito management code of practice
- Motor vehicle workshop code of practice
- Transport noise management - Volume 2 - Construction noise and vibration
Expiry: 7 August 2021
Prepared by Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia, Local Government Association of Queensland and the Queensland Government
Download the Concrete batching industry code of practice.
Expiry: 11 December 2021
Prepared by the Local Government Association of Queensland
Download the Mosquito management code of practice.
Expiry: 26 June 2021
Developed by the Motor Traders Association of Queensland, Local Government Association of Queensland and the Queensland Government
Download the Motor vehicle workshop code of practice.
Expiry: 28 July 2023
Developed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads
Download the Transport noise management code of practice.