Codes of practice
Codes of practice are designed to assist in the compliance with the general environmental duty and therefore fulfill obligations under the Act and associated environment protection policies. They do this by closely examining an industry or activity, its various aspects and impacts and through a process of negotiation formulates reasonable and practical outcomes and recommended practices to achieve such outcomes. These are outlined as 'musts' and 'shoulds', which are defined as follows:
'must', the use of the word 'must' indicates a requirement in this code, which if ignored, is likely to lead to a breach of the Environment Protection Water Quality Policy 2015.
'should', the use of the word 'should' indicates a recommended practice.
Before a code of practice can become enforceable, the EPA must consult with communities, organisations, and industries likely to be affected by it. The EPA must consider the views expressed by those consulted and pass them on to the responsible minister.
The codes of practice are linked to the Environment Protection Water Quality Policy 2015. The requirements outlined in these codes will then be enforceable by the issuing of an EPO under s93 of the Environment Protection Act 1993. Failure to comply with an order is a breach of the Act. Future links to other environment protection policies, such as air and waste, may be created.
Documents not available for download can be obtained by contacting the EPA (08) 8204 2004.
The documents here are reproduced as originally printed and will contain an occasional blank page at the end of a chapter.
- Code of practice for aquifer storage & recovery
- Code of practice for the environmental management of the South Australian abalone aquaculture industry
- Code of practice for the environmental management of the South Australian oyster farming industry
- Code of practice for materials handling on wharves
- Code of practice for milking shed effluent
- Code of practice for vessel and facility management (marine and inland waters)
- Code of practice for wastewater overflow management
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention codes of practice:
Drafts under development
- Industrial, retail and commercial sites
This code of practice provides direction for stormwater management for agricultural, industrial, retail and commercial businesses, including mobile operators and businesses using rental properties.
- Stormwater discharge to groundwater
This code of practice requires proponents to manage risks associated with stormwater disposal to groundwater in accordance with the Draft National Guidelines for Recycling Water. Requirements include developing a risk assessment, risk management protocols, monitoring requirements and self audits.
- Managed aquifer recharge