Legislation

Land and groundwater legislation


For more information, also refer to the Environment Protection Act 1970.

State Environment Protection Policy (Prevention and Management of Contamination of Land)

This policy was gazetted as:

  • State Environment Protection Policy (Prevention and Management of Contamination of Land)
    No. S95, Gazette 4/6/2002

It was varied to reflect the 2013 amendments to the National Environment Protection Measure for the Assessment of Site Contamination, with effect from 26 September 2013.

You can read a consolidated version of the policy that incorporates the variation. This version provides a single source of information for those wishing to read the policy, but it is not an authorised version of the policy and has not been published in the Gazette.

The SEPP (Prevention and Management of Contamination of Land) establishes general uses of land in Victoria and provides a mechanism for determining whether these uses are being protected, such as indicators and objectives of use in assessing impacts.

The SEPP also identifies the links between the environmental audit system and the statutory planning system, ensuring sites that need to be audited are subject to audit, and that any conditions associated with the audit outcome are implemented.

The SEPP further sets out requirements for the prevention of contamination, reinforces the role of the waste hierarchy in selecting preferred approaches for site clean-up and identifies measures by which people can access relevant information on site contamination.

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State Environment Protection Policy (Groundwaters of Victoria)

A consolidated version of the State Environment Protection Policy (Groundwaters of Victoria) has been produced, incorporating all variations. This document has not been published in the Gazette but rather was produced to provide a single source of information to those wishing to read the policy. It is not an authorised version of the policy.

  • View the consolidated policy – Word (45KB) PDF (252KB)

The SEPP (Groundwaters of Victoria) was developed to meet community demands for an integrated framework of environment protection goals for groundwater. It aims to maintain and, where necessary, improve groundwater quality to a standard that protects existing and potential beneficial uses of groundwaters. It sets a consistent approach to, and provides quality objectives for, groundwater protection throughout Victoria. This policy overrides all existing groundwater protection provisions in other SEPPs.

EPA prepared a policy impact assessment (publication 592), which describes in more detail why we need to protect Victoria’s groundwaters and how the Groundwaters of Victoria policy helps us to do this.

This policy was gazetted as State Environment Protection Policy (Groundwaters of Victoria), No. S160, Gazette 17/12/1997 as varied 19/3/2002, No. G12, Gazette 21/3/2002

Industrial Waste Management Policy (Waste Acid Sulfate Soils)

An acid sulfate soil is any soil, sediment, unconsolidated geological material or disturbed consolidated rock mass containing metal sulfides exceeding criteria published by the Authority.

More information about the IWMP (Waste Acid Sulfate Soils)

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