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

Subordinate legislation: Environment Protection Regulations and Environment Reference Standards

On 1 July 2020 it is intended that the new Victorian environment protection laws will come into effect. Environment Protection Regulations (regulations) and the Environment Reference Standard (standards) are being developed to support the new laws.

Public consultation about the proposed regulations and standards was held between 2 September – 31 October 2019.

The submissions received are being reviewed and considered by EPA and DELWP before regulations and standards are made by government. All substantive comments will be responded to via a report published in 2020 on Engage Victoria.

It is anticipated that the new regulations and standards will be made in early 2020 and are intended to come into effect on 1 July 2020.

You can find a copy of the proposed regulations and the Environment Reference Standard on Engage Victoria here.

You can also stay up to date by subscribing to EPA newsletters here.

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


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Page last updated: 17/12/19