ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing (8)

This subject provides an introduction to environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental auditing. This includes the environmental impact assessment process, Commonwealth and State based environmental planning and pollution laws, as well as methodologies associated with impact prediction, environmental assessment, and environmental auditing. There is a no residential school associated with this subject. On completion, students are able to develop the appropriate documentation for an environmental impact statement and respond appropriately to an environment audit or environmental management system.

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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENM422. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed BIO303 or ENM420

Incompatible Subjects

BIO303, ENM420

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an in-depth understanding of the processes associated with EIA, environmental auditing, and environmental management systems
  • have an in-depth understanding of the current legislative requirements of environmental impact assessment and environmental auditing in Australia
  • have the ability to identify the potential impacts of proposed developments and propose solutions to address these impacts in a range of contexts
  • have an ability to develop the appropriate documentation for an environmental impact statement
  • have an ability to develop an appropriate response to an environmental audit
  • have an ability to develop an appropriate environmental management system


This subject will cover the following topics:

  1. The history and development of EIA
  2. EIA under different legislation
  3. EIA content and the preparation of environmental impact Statements
  4. Determining impacts for the EIS
  5. The many faces of impact assessment
  6. Introduction and need for environmental auditing
  7. The audit process
  8. Environmental law and legislative requirements
  9. Environmental management systems


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.