Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018
The Victorian Government’s new environment protection laws have passed Parliament .
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.
Environment Protection Act 2017
The Environment Protection Act 2017 has been passed by Parliament and received Royal Assent on 24 October 2017.
This was the first of two phases of legislative reform to overhaul the 47-year-old Environment Protection Act 1970 and replace it with modernised and fit-for-purpose legislation. The reforms in this first Act modernise the Environment Protection Authority's corporate governance and strengthen its status as a science-based regulator to ensure it is ready for the rest of the major transformation it will undergo.
The Environment Protection Act 2017 is available online here.
Government Response to the Independent Inquiry
On 17 January 2017 the Victorian Government released its response to the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). View the response here:
Government Response to the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (PDF, 611.4 KB)
Government Response to the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (Accessible) (DOCX, 778.6 KB)
The government response commits to a once-in-a-generation transformation of the EPA to equip it for the future. A modernised environment protection framework with increased resourcing will ensure that the EPA can continue to protect the health of Victorians, our environment and our world-recognised liveability as Victoria's population continues to grow.
The government response supports in full 40 of the 48 recommendations, with seven supported in principle, and one supported in part.
The Independent Inquiry into the EPA was conducted over 10 months by a Ministerial Advisory Committee and the final report was publicly released on 16 May 2016. The inquiry was the first comprehensive review of the EPA since it commenced operations in 1971. You can find out more about the inquiry, and view the final report