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Synthesis of the findings of a survey and interviews conducted under the EPASU-ECA partnering agreement concerning ways to improve the process of EIA in WA

Morrison-Saunders, A. (2008) Synthesis of the findings of a survey and interviews conducted under the EPASU-ECA partnering agreement concerning ways to improve the process of EIA in WA. School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Perth.

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    Abstract

    In 2005, the Environmental Protection Authority Service Unit (EPASU) and Environmental Consultants Association Inc (WA) (ECA) entered into a Partnering Agreement aimed at improving environmental protection processes in Western Australia by working together to build and sustain professional relations through partnering. Specifically the purpose of the agreement is to "encourage improved environmental management practice and performance and to facilitate timely and effective assessment". The partnering agreement is "intended to increase cooperation, shared understanding, consistency, effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of environmental services under the responsibilities and requirements of Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act". A committee of people representing position bearers within the ECA together with senior staff from the EPASU oversee activity undertaken in relation to the Partnering Agreement.

    To meet the aims of the Partnering Agreement, in mid 2007, it was decided to canvass ECA members and EPASU staff along with some other closely associated environmental impact assessment (EIA) stakeholders in order to capture key concerns and suggested areas for improvement in relation to EIA practice under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) in WA. Two approaches were adopted for doing this: an online questionnaire (hereafter the Survey) and structured interviews (hereafter the Interviews) with stakeholders from both organisations.

    An independent researcher from Murdoch University was employed to conduct both the Survey and Interviews and a contract was drawn up accordingly between the ECA Committee and MurdochLink (the consulting arm of Murdoch University) for the research activity.

    Survey and Interview questions were drafted in July 2007 and were subsequently approved by the ECA Committee and Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee. Interviews were conducted in the last two weeks of August 2007, while the online Survey was conducted during the first two weeks of September 2007.

    This report presents the main findings of both the Survey and Interviews followed by conclusions and recommendations as to how the ECA and EPASU can collectively work together in the spirit of the Partnering Agreement to improve EIA practices in Western Australia.

    Publication Type: Report
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
    Publisher: School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University
    Copyright: (c) School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3270
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