Enter an address, suburb, town or area into the searchable map and access information about land and groundwater from a range of Victorian Government datasets.
Victoria Unearthed is not a source of all information about current contamination, it is a tool that helps you find out more about land, groundwater, past business listings and possible contamination.
This first release of Victoria Unearthed includes information about:
EPA Environmental Audits and Environmental Audits Overlays
See areas that have been affected by groundwater pollution and are designated Groundwater Quality Restricted Use Zones.
Find out information about suitably verified landfills, and the types of waste deposited, via links to information from the Victorian Landfill Register.
Historical business listings
Victoria’s oldest business directories — Sands & McDougall — have been digitised, bringing businesses back to life from asfar back as the 1890s to create the Historical Business Listings dataset in Victoria Unearthed. Historic business listings in Victoria Unearthed are from 1896, 1925 and 1974.
More information will be added to Victoria Unearthed in the future.
Victoria Unearthed brings together various existing datasets, some of which relate to the condition of land and groundwater in Victoria.
The purpose of Victoria Unearthed is to help individuals decide whether they want to make their own further enquiries in relation to the actual condition of particular land and/or groundwater.
In Victoria Unearthed, when we refer to potential contamination, we are not suggesting in any way that there is a basis for concluding that particular locations appearing in Victoria Unearthed are contaminated.
The inclusion or omission of information in Victoria Unearthed is not evidence that a location is, or is not, contaminated or potentially contaminated. For example, a particular location may have no information relating to it in Victoria Unearthed, and yet still be contaminated. Similarly, a particular location may have information relating to its historical contamination, but this has since been rehabilitated and is today free of contamination.
The information in Victoria Unearthed is limited, incomplete and may be inaccurate. Users of Victoria Unearthed must not rely on, reach conclusions or make assumptions about the significance of the inclusion or omission of information relating to particular locations in Victoria Unearthed.
Victoria Unearthed must only be used as a starting point for enquiries, and any person with a particular interest in a specific location must make their own further enquiries about the actual condition of the land or groundwater. In general, only qualified and experienced environmental professionals should be consulted about testing for contamination.
Find out more about who's responsible and who can help clean-up contaminated land or groundwater.
Not all land that is affected by contamination poses a risk to human health or the environment. Find out more about the different ways health can be affected by contamination.
Find out more about the accuracy of the different datasets here: Accuracy/Reliability/Limitations.
More datasets will be added to Victoria Unearthed over time to provide further information about potential contamination. This will be an opportunity to add more information about potential contamination over time. If you have information about contamination at a particular address that you know is not accurately represented in Victoria Unearthed, contact us.
Page last updated: 08/04/19