Contaminated land has become an increasingly important environmental, health, economic and planning issue in Australia and New Zealand over the past few years.
In the absence of agreed standards or guidelines, an ad hoc approach has been adopted in Australia and New Zealand resulting in variable standards being applied.
To overcome this situation the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council have jointly developed technical guidelines to be used as the basis of a common approach Australia wide.
The guidelines apply to all and regardless of whether it is privately owned or owned by government and draw on current practice and experience in Australia as well as overseas.
The guidelines aim to inform and educate government, industry, unions and the general community about the issues and factors to be considered in the assessment and management of contaminated land.