The NRF comprises a series of documents that were developed and released in stages over a 5 year period, inviting comment and feedback.
From November 2018 to March 2019, the complete package of documents was made available for the final consultation prior to completing the framework.
National Roadshow – February 2019
In February 2019, CRC CARE conducted a national roadshow on NRF across all eight Australian capital cities to encourage and facilitate end-user input during the public consultation period (November 2018 to 31 March 2019).
Organised in collaboration with State and Territory environmental protection agencies, each Roadshow session included (click on links to download the presentations):
- an overview of the NRF – development, structure and content
- details of the 24 guidelines in the framework
- input by experts and stakeholders during NRF development and future carriage of the NRF
- a presentation by a representative of the relevant regulator, outlining the role of their agency in the site contamination matters (the development of the NRF was oversighted by a steering group which included all EPAs)
The roadshow meetings were attended by around 300 people from a range of agencies and organisations involved with contaminated sites (as well as interested members of the broader public), including:
- State and Commonwealth government agencies (environment, health, infrastructure, defence and planning)
- local governments
- consultants, including auditors
- health and safety
- petroleum and mining industry
- law firms
Participant numbers were highest in the larger cities, and those in the smaller jurisdictions were proportionately high. The engagement during the presentations indicated strong support for the NRF, and there was keen interest to see it finalised and made available