Legislation

Water legislation


For more information, also refer to the Environment Protection Act 1970 and Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions) Regulations 2007.

State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria)

The State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria) sets the framework for government agencies, businesses and the community to work together, to protect and rehabilitate Victoria's surface water environments.

More about the State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria)

State Environment Protection Policy (Groundwaters of Victoria)

The SEPP (Groundwaters of Victoria) was developed to meet community demands for an integrated framework of environment protection goals for groundwater.

More about the State Environment Protection Policy (Groundwaters of Victoria).

Waste Management Policy (Ships’ Ballast Water)

The key purpose of the Waste Management Policy (Ships’ Ballast Water) (PDF 158KB) is to protect Victoria’s marine environments from marine pests introduced via domestic ballast water. Under the policy, high-risk domestic ballast water, regardless of its source, must not be discharged into Victorian waters.

These arrangements, administered by EPA, complement regulations administered by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) for international ballast water and apply to all ships entering Victorian waters.

Information documents

Environment Protection (Ships’ Ballast Water) Regulations 2006

The Environment Protection (Ships’ Ballast Water) Regulations 2006 have been extended and will now expire on 30 May 2017. The objectives of the Regulations remain to support the implementation of the Waste Management Policy (Ships’ Ballast Water) by setting out the administrative requirements and services necessary to protect Victorian State waters and applying fees for ships visiting a port in Victoria to recover the costs associated with delivering these services. The Regulations also contain penalties for ships that fail to comply with the requirements.

The Regulations (PDF 119KB; Word 46KB)are available online at the Victorian Law Today Library.

Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1986

Get details about the Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1986.

Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Regulations 2012

The Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Regulations 2012 support the Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Act 1986. The Regulations set out to whom, how and within what time frame a discharge or probable discharge of oil or an oily mixture must be notified and reported. They prescribe the form of a ship’s oil record book, the circumstances in which entries must be made in an oil record and other matters relating to the retention of oil record books.

The Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Regulations 2012 are available online at the Victorian Law Today Library. Hard copies (paper) are available from the Information Victoria Bookshop and for viewing at the EPA Victoria Library.

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