Help shape Victoria's environmental future

All Victorians can now have their say

Victoria’s new environment protection laws are intended to come into effect on 1 July 2020.

The Victorian Government is currently seeking community and stakeholder input into the development of subordinate legislation under the new laws, including regulations and an Environment Reference Standard. The subordinate legislation will set out obligations in relation to environment protection, EPA permissions, contaminated land and waste.

All Victorians can now have their say on the proposed regulations and standards via the Engage Victoria website.

The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018

The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 provides the foundation for a transformation of Victoria’s environment protection laws and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA). The Victorian Government intends this new legislation to take effect from 1 July 2020.

It includes a new approach to environmental issues, focusing on preventing waste and pollution impacts rather than managing those impacts after they have occurred.

The legislation will enhance the protection of Victoria’s environment and human health through a more proportionate, risk-based environment protection framework that includes:

  • A preventative approach through a general environmental duty.
  • A tiered system of EPA permissions to support risk based and proportionate regulatory oversight.
  • Significant reforms to contaminated land and waste management.
  • Increased maximum penalties.
  • Requirements for more environmental information to be publicly available.
  • Modernising and strengthening EPA’s compliance and enforcement powers.

You can view the Act at the Victorian Parliament’s website.

Fact sheet: Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018

Explore the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 via the links below.


Information and justice

Modernising EPA

Page last updated: 04/09/19