ENM422 Environmental Assessment and Auditing (8)

This subject provides an introduction to environmental assessment and environmental auditing. This includes Local, State and Federal environmental planning, environmental protection and pollution laws, as well as methodologies associated with impact prediction, environmental assessment, and environmental auditing. On completion of this subject, students are able to step through the process of environmental assessment from project inception, identification of relevant legalisation and planning structures, through to impact prediction, impact documentation, mitigation planning, approvals and project consent conditions, through to the development of environment audits.


Session 2 (60)
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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to outline processes associated with environmental assessment and environmental auditing;
  • be able to articulate the current legislative systems that underpin environmental planning processes, environmental assessment, reporting and auditing in Australia;
  • be able to apply the processes professionals use to evaluate proposed developments in the context state and federal planning and conservation laws and identify and apply other relevant legalisation;
  • be able to develop professional and appropriate documentation to document project impacts and support consent authorities deliberations on the proposal; and
  • be able to make a professional judgement on how to develop and prepare for an environmental audit.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The history and development of environmental assessment
  • Introduction to environmental law
  • Preparing environmental assessments under different legislation
  • Determining impacts for the environmental assessment
  • Introduction to environmental auditing
  • Developing environmental audits

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENM422 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Evaluation of an eis
Referral of an action under the epbc act
Environmental monitoring and audit plan

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.