August 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Level 11
66 Eagle Street Brisbane
QLD 4000

The Queensland Urban Drainage Manual (QUDM) has underwent a significant review, and a new version was launched by IPWEAQ and the Department of Energy and Water Supply on 26 October 2017.  Our speaker, Sarah Hausler, was a member of the QUDM Review Steering Committee. Sarah led the redrafting of Chapter 3 of QUDM, which deals with the legal aspects of urban stormwater, including the renowned lawful point of discharge test.

The purpose, status and function of the lawful point of discharge test has been subject to some controversy. Chapter 3 of QUDM was amended in 2017 to improve the alignment between the lawful point of discharge test and the general law, with a view to making the legal content of QUDM more accessible to its users.

We are now four years on from the commencement of QUDM Fourth Edition. This seminar will provide an overview of the lawful point of discharge test and other relevant legal considerations, along with some recent case studies involving stormwater discharge.


Sarah Hausler, Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Sarah Hausler is a specialist planning and environment lawyer focusing on water, infrastructure and environmental compliance. Her expertise is complemented by her degrees in environmental science and urban and regional planning which complement her practical approach to the commercial and policy context in which her clients operate.  Sarah is the current President of the Queensland Environmental Law Association, and is on the Board of the Institute of Public Works Engineers Queensland.

Alesia Shard, Lawyer, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Alesia is a governance, planning and environment lawyer at McCullough Robertson, focussing on planning and environment litigation, as well as infrastructure and governance advisory.  Alesia has significant experience advising clients on stormwater discharge matters, including providing advice about the lawfulness of stormwater arrangements and legal options to resolve issues with those arrangements, as well as experience acting for clients in Planning and Environment Court appeals relating to stormwater issues.

Event Information

Date: 18 August 2021

  • 5.00pm registration
  • 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm – presentation including Q&A
  • 6.15 pm – 7.00 pm – cheese board, drinks and networking