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Australian National University

  • Code LAWS8186
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Offered by Law School
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career Graduate

This course provides an introduction to the science of site contamination and the role of risk assessment in this context. 

It also examines:

  • the role of national policy and guidelines (ANZECC 1992 and 1999, and Assessment NEPM 1999, plus the current review thereof);
  • the role of the Commonwealth;
  • examination of State legislation from a functional perspective (identification and Registers;
  • investigation, assessment and remediation procedures;
  • monitoring and reporting requirement); the role and responsibilities of environmental auditors;
  • the application of land-use planning measures in the course of development control;
  • the need for institutional controls to ensure long term stewardship;
  • the finality of remediation efforts and capacity to transfer residual liability, civil liability for harm caused by contamination.
  • conveyancing aspects (duty to disclose, Trade Practices Act).

A brief comparison with approaches in overseas jurisdictions will also be provided - US Superfund, British and Canadian approaches, particularly with respect to brownfields schemes and the encouragement of voluntary cleanups.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • understand the scientific and technical elements of contaminated site assessment and remediation, including site-based risk assessment
  • analyse the legal and policy framework within which contaminated site assessment and remediation is undertaken in Australia
  • critique the legal and policy approaches to the cleanup of contaminated sites through a comparative analysis of jurisdictions within and outside Australia; and
  • evaluate the effectiveness of current Australian approaches to contaminated site cleanup.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.

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Workload

26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery)

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NOTE: This course will be offered in Melbourne in 2009, students who wish to enrol require a permission code which can be obtained from pgadmin.law@anu.edu.au

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying in one of the following programs; Master of Laws (7300) Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) Graduate Diploma in Law (6300) OR you must be studying one of the following programs; Master of Legal Studies (7305) Master of Environmental Law (7309) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313) Master of International Law (7310) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317) Master of International Security Law (7318) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893) Graduate Diploma in Law, Governance and Development (6317) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (6305) Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (6309) Graduate Diploma in Government and Commercial Law (6313) Graduate Diploma in International Law (6310) Graduate Diploma in International Security Law (6318) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (6303) Graduate Certificate in Environmental Law (6351) AND have successfully completed LAWS8189

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  Tuition fees will be published by 1 October for the next year.

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500

Course Fees:

Domestic fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $1626
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2646
2007 $2670
2008 $2670
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808

International fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3426
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762

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