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National Remediation Framework


National Framework for Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sites in Australia

A National Remediation Framework is being developed through CRC CARE to provide practical guidance to practitioners and regulators.

Provide feedback on draft guidance documents

The Framework will:

  • complement the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure
  • harmonise guidance and best practice in the remediation and management of contaminated sites in Australia
  • be congruent with the harmonisation objectives of the former COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water
  • not be legally binding
  • not impinge on the policy and decision-making prerogatives of the states and territories
  • adopt a modular approach so that it may be readily updated as circumstances require

The foundation work for designing and establishing the Framework and for planning future development has been completed and is encompassed in three reports:

  1. Survey of state, territory and international frameworks for the remediation and management of site contamination, including their legal basis: CRC CARE Tech Report 22 - Developing a national guidance framework for Australian remediation 
  2. Defining the context, philosophy and principles for the Framework: CRC CARE Tech report 27 - Defining the philosophy, context and principles of the National Framework for remediation and management of contaminated sites in Australia
  3. Identifying existing guidance and determining gaps in that guidance: CRC CARE Tech Report 28 - Identification of existing guidance for a National Remediation Framework.

A series of documents will be released in stages over the next 2 years at which time CRC CARE will invite feedback.

Documents for consultation:

Feedback is currently sought on the following documents. Industry representatives seeking to comment on documents not yet publicly available, please contact Ms Kerry Scott at  

To submit feedback, please complete the NRF consultation submission form and return to CRC CARE (contact details are included on the form).

  1. Guidance for worker health and safety considerations – Submissions closed

  2. CRC CARE Technical Report 27: Defining the philosophy, context and principles of the National Framework for remediation and management of contaminated sites in Australia – Submissions closed

  3. Guideline for documentation, record-keeping and reporting – Submissions closed

  4. Guideline for stakeholder engagement – Submissions closed
  5. Cost-Benefit and Sustainability Analysis_Final Draft Guideline_Rev2
  6. Appendix A - CB&SA checklist_Rev2
  7. Appendix B - Stakeholder Engagement Plan_Rev2
  8. Appendix C_Evaluation Indicators and Definitions_Rev2
  9. Appendix D - Assessment Methods (more detail)_Rev2
  10. Appendix E - Case Studies_Rev2
  11. CB&SA Tool Instructions_Rev2
  12. Cost-Benefit and Sustainability Analysis Tool – please contact Ms Kerry Scott at if you have not received this document and would like to view it. 
  13. Validation and Closure
  14. Long-term monitoring
  15. Role of Auditing
  16. Institutional Controls


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