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CSMR Module 3: Better Contaminated Land Regulation



23 February




8.5 hrs


8.5 hrs

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Dr Sophie Wood

Dr Sophie Wood
CSARM Program Director

Sophie is a former NSW EPA and QLD accredited Site Auditor and is still a Certified Environmental Practitioner (Site Contamination Specialist) under the EIANZ scheme. She has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences, Geology (BA) from University of Cambridge, UK and a PhD (in geochemistry) from the University of Leeds, UK. With over 30 years’ experience in contaminated land and waste management consulting, Sophie has specialised in risk assessment for much of this time.

Prior to joining UTS in 2022, Sophie was a partner with ERM for 13 years. She was the lead author in the 2013 NEPM Schedules B4 (Site-specific risk Assessment) and B7 (Health-based Investigation Levels) and has worked on many major contaminated site projects including the Barangaroo site gasworks remediation, the remediation of the gasworks beneath the new Sydney Metro station at Central Station and for Western Sydney Airport. She is passionate about high quality teaching and learning and loves working with students to help them get the maximum benefit from their studies.

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Councils contaminated land powers, duties and responsibilities have become extensive, and knowing how to make best use of them and maintain compliance can be a challenge. This stand-alone, one-day course covers the NSW Acts, Regulations and Policies that are relevant to council regulation and management of contaminated land.

About this course

Contaminated Sites Management and Regulation (CSMR) Module 3: Better Contaminated Land Regulation will allow you to gain a better understanding of the NSW regulatory regime as it applies to council contaminated land activities and how the various statutory instruments interact. 

This course includes the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, the Resilience and Hazards SEPP, the Protection of the Environment (Operations) Act and the relevant regulations. Roles of councils, NSW EPA and site auditors are considered. 

On completing this course, you will be able to write practical and enforceable consent conditions, identify areas of likely non-compliance by regulated parties and council and know which Act and regulation to apply in a variety of common circumstances.

Key benefits of this course

This short course has been designed to allow participants to:

  • Identify the NSW statutory instruments available to councils for regulating contaminated land
  • Understand the powers and duties of NSW Councils with respect to contaminated land
  • Understand the role of NSW EPA and site auditors and what assistance councils can get from NSW EPA
  • Know when to require a site auditor be appointed
  • Know which piece of legislation is best for regulating different kinds of contaminated land issue
  • Be able to develop appropriate and enforceable development consent conditions relating to contaminated land
  • Be able to decide whether a long-term environmental management plan is a suitable solution, and understand the options for legal enforceability and their pros and cons.


Full price: $700 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course for participants wishing to do 2 or 3 of the modules in this course series. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Information about this course series

This course is module 3 of 3 in a series of Practical Contaminated Sites Management and Regulation (CSMR) courses with UTS. For maximum benefit, we recommend completing all three modules in the series:

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This is an online only, full-day short course that provides stand-alone training in NSW contaminated land regulation and compliance. It can be taken as a single-day course, or in combination with Modules 1 and 2 of the series. The course is presented in lectures and workshops with a focus on interactivity and learning by doing.

The day will include at least four different guest presenters who are recognised experts in their organisations, and will be representatives of contaminated land consultancies, legal practices, NSW Site Auditors and Councils with particular expertise and experience in contaminated land issues in a local government context.  The day will be facilitated by the Course Coordinator.

Course content

The course will cover the following content:

  • NSW Regulators roles and duties
  • Site audits and how to use them
  • Development consents and enforceable conditions
  • 7 certificates
  • Voluntary planning agreements
  • Waste management regulations
  • Long term environmental management plan enforceability
  • Contaminated land registers.

Delivery details

Topics will be explained in lectures lasting between 30mins and 90mins, with opportunities for questions and discussion. Presenters will share slides, and other visual material over Zoom.  Each session will include exercises for you to complete, to consolidate your learning and practice the skills you have learned. 

Typical exercises include group work to solve problems, group discussions around common issues and exercises where you may be asked to annotate drawings, perform calculations or answer questions. These exercises are for learning and are not part of the optional assessment.

Resources and pre-reading

Our UTS Open learning platform, Canvas, provides course summary information, contact details and profiles of all the presenters. It also hosts the lecture and workshop notes and slides, a reading list and useful links to appropriate resources. The Canvas site will be available prior to the course commencement and will remain available to participants for several months after course completion.

Assessment and certification

On course completion, participants may elect to take the optional assessment which will be a written exercise based on the presented content and learning objectives.

The assessment period will be a duration of 3 months, and it will be assessed as a pass/fail exercise with a pass grade of 50%. Feedback will be provided with grading.

Successful completion of the assessment provides a Certificate of Completion which may be used as Recognition of Prior Learning in other relevant postgraduate qualifications. A Certificate of Attendance is awarded to all participants.

Learning objectives

On successful completion of this course, participants should have an understanding of:

  • Council and NSW EPA roles in contaminated land regulation within the planning system
  • Council land management roles and compliance requirements
  • How to draft enforceable conditions
  • When to require appointment of a site auditor
  • How to set up and manage a useful contaminated land register
  • When it is reasonable to accept a long-term environmental management plan.



  • To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with CanvasZoom and Microsoft Teams.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount if also booking Module 1 OR Module 2 of this course series
  • 15% discount if also booking Module 1 AND Module 2 of this course series.

Discount for members of Environmental Health Australia and the Australasian Soil and Groundwater Association:

  • 3% on full price for Module 3 only
  • 13% if booked with Module 1 OR Module 2
  • 18% if booked with Module 1 AND Module 2.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price.

How to obtain your discount voucher code for multiple course bookings

Email with details of your booking. Note that the discounts will not be validated until the multiple course bookings are verified.

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Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for:

  • Planning officers
  • Environmental health officers
  • Council contaminated land specialists
  • Council land managers
  • Private certifiers
  • Lawyers
  • Ecologists and landscape architects
  • Emergency services land managers
  • Infrastructure and traffic engineers.

No previous knowledge of contaminated land is necessary to take this course, however it is recommended that those without some knowledge complete CSMR Module 1: Contaminated Land Principles in combination with this course for maximum benefit.

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Fri 23 Feb 2024 -
Fri 23 Feb 2024
Expert: Dr Sophie Wood
  • Online via Zoom. Click on the underlined sessions and hours total link below to reveal specific session details.
  • Online
  • 1 session, 8.5 hours total

Enrolments close 11.59pm AEDT Monday 19 February 2024 or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first.

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UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.