Statutory Audit Practice

This Interest Group represents the Australian National Practice of Statutory Environmental Auditing from an Auditor’s Perspective, pertaining to Contaminated Land with the intent of advancing the audit system.  The group attempts to provide a National perspective and Auditor representation from all States has been sought.

The overall objectives of the group are to:

  • provide linkage between Audit Practitioners in all States in Australia,
  • to engage with relevant stakeholders (developers, environmental consultants, EPA etc),
  • formalise a process of engagement with industry,
  • harmonisation of the national audit system,
  • address auditor risk tolerance and liability protection, and
  • industry standards of practice and emerging issues.
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Current Steering Commitee Members (renewed each calendar year):


Peter Mirkov, Senior Principal at Peraco (Chair)

Peter has 30 years experience in engineering with 25 in the contaminated land management industry. As an owner and senior executive he has directed several specialist contaminated land consultancies including Groundwater Technology, IT Environmental and Coffey Environments. His career has been centred in Australia but his operational span has been global including Operations in Asia, Middle East, North America and Europe. He is a Principal Fellow and honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne where he has lectured in contaminated land assessment and remediation for almost 20 years. He has a special interest in the application of innovative and cost effective remediation solutions and has contributed to some of the largest and most challenging contaminated land remediation projects in Australia. As an accredited Statutory Auditor he has completed Audits in South Australia and New South Wales and has been actively Auditing in Victoria since 1997.

Damien Morris, QLD Remediation Manager at GHD

Damien is a Queensland contaminated land Auditor and has 18 years’ experience in contaminated site projects, specialising in remediation.   Damien's key experience areas include contaminated site assessments and investigations, supervision of remediation projects, environmental auditing and monitoring programs, environmental / contamination management plans, waste assessment and management programs, asbestos management and dangerous goods assessments.  Damien has a thorough understanding of the current regulatory framework in Queensland and New South Wales.  Damien is the current President of ACLCA QLD.

Trevor Lloyd, Director at lloyd consulting environmental services

Trevor was Queensland’s first certified Contaminated Land Auditor and has been an auditor / third party reviewer in Queensland since 2001.  Trevor has over 25 years’ experience in contaminated land assessment and management.  Trevor is director of a privately owned consulting firm, Lloyd Consulting Environmental Services, which specialises in contaminated land assessment, water & waste management, environmental assessment, auditing & management services.  Trevor is also director of Sustainability Queensland, a company specialising in natural resource investment planning.  Trevor holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) from the University of Qld and a Master of Engineering Science (Waste Management) from the University of NSW.  Trevor has further training in Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment (University of Qld), Environmental Toxicology & Health Risk Assessment (Qld Centre for Public Health), Contaminated Land Assessment & Remediation (University of Qld) and Management Systems Auditing (Bywater). Trevor is a nationally certified Environmental Compliance & Management Systems Auditor.

Dr Ruth Keogh, Principal Environmental Scientist at Fyfe

Ruth has worked in the contaminated land management industry since 1999 and was first accredited as an Environmental Auditor (Contaminated Land) in Victoria in 2008. She was subsequently accredited in both South Australia and Western Australia and is primary based in Fyfe’s South Australian office. She has a background in geological/geochemical research, having completed a BSc(Hons), PhD and post-doctoral fellowship in geology and a subsequent MSc in environmental geochemistry. Prior to working on contaminated land issues, Ruth was employed by the SA Health Commission on the Port Pirie lead abatement project. Ruth has been actively involved in ACLCA since 2008, serving on the South Australian branch committee in roles that have included both President and Vice President. She has also recently completed a two year term as a member of the SA EPA Site Contamination Audit System Improvement Group (SCASIG) and was a member of the assessment panel for the Site Contamination Practitioners Australia (SCPA) certification scheme in 2015.

Todd Mitchell, Associate Director at AECOM Australia Pty Ltd

Todd has 23 years experience as a contaminated land consultant having worked in Government, private industry and large multi-national organisations.  In 2009 Todd was accredited by EPA Victoria as an Environmental Auditor (Contaminated Land).  Todd is an active environmental auditor and technical advisor working mainly in Victoria, Northern Territory and Tasmania.  Through ALGA, Todd has presented at Forums in Melbourne and Darwin on topics including the environmental audit process and clean up to the extent practicable.  Todd is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) and Certified Practitioner – Site Assessment and Management (CP-SAM).  Todd has been on the assessment panel for SCPA in 2015 and CEnvP in previous years.  As part of the SAPSIG Todd is looking forward to outcomes which balance the data and procedural elements of with meaningful, consistent and efficient environmental audits. 

Dr Peter Nadebaum, Senior Principal at GHD

Dr Nadebaum has many years’ experience in the practice of contaminated land assessment, remediation and auditing, including work in in all states of Australia and in New Zealand. He is appointed as an Environmental Auditor in Victoria (Contaminated Land and Industrial Facilities) and has been appointed as an auditor in NSW and South Australia, as a Third Party Reviewer in Queensland, and as Auditor under the Safe Water Act in Victoria. He was a founding member of the CRC for Contamination and Remediation of the Environment, the CRC for Water Quality and Treatment, the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association, and SuRF ANZ. His experience encompasses many hundreds of contaminated sites, both large and small, and he has particular experience human health and environmental risk assessment, and in the practical application and engineering of remedial technologies and waste treatment.

Tony Scott, Senior Principal Environmental, Coffey International Pty Ltd

Tony Scott has over 35 years’ experience in the chemical and geo-environmental industries, and is a specialist in contaminated land assessment, remediation and management. Tony has over 18 years’ experience as an EPA accredited site auditors and was subsequently in the first cohort of Auditors accredited in NSW, SA and WA.  He has completed audits in NSW, ACT, Victoria, SA and WA.  He recently completed a 2 year term on the South Australian EPA Site Contamination Improvement Group (SCASIG) and has also sat on a number of NSW EPA auditor committees contributing to guideline development. Tony is also an Exemplar Global Lead Auditor Environmental Management Systems Auditor Scheme.

Tony has had a very active role in ALGA since its formation being a ALGA board member (2007 – 2013) and holding executive positions; Vice President (2007 – 2010) and President (2010 - 2012) and he has been on the steering committee of SuRF ANZ for the last 4 years. He has also held executive positions on ACLCA NSW.  He was co-chairperson for EcoForum 2014 and is continuing this role for EcoForum 2016.

Anthony Lane, Senior Principal (Environmental and Groundwater), Cardno

Anthony has worked in the hydrogeology and environmental industry since 1975.  His expertise includes contaminated land, hydrogeology, remediation, landfill, landfill gas, soil vapour, risk assessment, environmental management and regulatory compliance.

He has worked on projects across New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.  His clients have included local state and federal government organisations including those within the infrastructure sectors of road, rail, ports and airports; private sector clients including manufacturers and petrochemical companies, as well as major property developers, investors, financiers, insurers and land owners; waste management companies including landfill operators.

Anthony has been an EPA accredited Environmental Auditor (in Vic since 1995 and as well as in NSW, SA, WA and NT) and has completed a large number of contaminated land and landfill Audits, including some of the largest and highest profile sites in the country (e.g. Orica Deer Park, Defence Site Maribyrnong, Stevensons Road Cranbourne Landfill, Former Pentridge Prison site, Shell Newport Terminal, Former Coode Island Bulk Chemical Terminal, a.o.)

Anthony is active in developing and contributing to hydrogeological and environmental engineering and science programs at RMIT, in particular, and also at The University of Melbourne and Monash University. He has presented at many conferences and workshops and published on various topics related to contaminated land, hydrogeology and waste management and landfills.

Warren Dodge, General Manager at Waves Environmental Pty Ltd

Warren is an accredited Contaminated Sites Auditor in WA, and has assisted auditors in Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.  He is an appointed member of the WA Contaminated Sites Committee, which is a statutory committee established under s33 of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 to make primary decisions in relation to specific sections of the Act, and to decide appeals against particular decisions of the CEO of the Department of Environment Regulation.  He is also an active member of professional environmental organisations and was the founding treasurer of ACLCA in WA.  

With over 30 years experience in contaminated sites, Warren has significant expertise in contaminated site investigations across a broad range of industry sectors, and specialised consulting and remediation-contracting experience in the deconstruction, remediation and closure of major industrial sites incorporating risk-based management strategies.

Rod Harwood, Managing Director and Principal Hydrogeologist at Environmental Strategies Pty Ltd

Rod's formal qualifications are in Geology at undergraduate level and Post Graduate studies in Hydrology and Hydrogeology both at UNSW.  Rod continues to lecture at University of Technology in the Post Graduate contaminated sites Masters Programme and has been doing this for several years as well as lecturing at Groundwater Schools at UNSW and through NGRC and SRI.

Rod is the author of over 50 papers on water resource and contamination both published and as conference presentations.  He has worked in hydrogeology for over 40 years, the first sixteen in water resources with NSW office of Water and the remainder (since 1987) mostly focussed on the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites.

In 1987 Rod set up the first fully focussed contaminated site consultancy in Australia (Groundwater Technology) and was Managing Director of Australian and New Zealand operations for a decade with a growth from one to 120 people in this period.  From 1997 -2003 Rod was a Director and Senior Partner at ERM Australia and was responsible for the growth of the contaminated Site Solutions team in Australia(1 to 65 people Australia wide) and the appointment and direction of an additional 50 people in ERM Asia offices. Rod has completed remediation projects in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia.  From 2003, Rod formed Responsive Environmental Solutions, a National company purchased by WSP in 2006.  Environmental Strategies was formed in 2008, with now five offices across Australia and Project offices in Asia.

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