Legislation

Water legislation


For more information, also refer to the Environment Protection Act 1970 and Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017.

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).

Ships’ Ballast Water

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments ("the Ballast Water Management Convention"), which introduces global regulations to control the transfer of potentially invasive species, will enter into force both internationally and in Australia from 8 September 2017. As a result, EPA Victoria will no longer regulate domestic ballast water management in Victoria.

From 8 September 2017, the Commonwealth's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will regulate both international and domestic ballast water management in Victoria, superseding the Victorian Waste Management Policy (Ships' Ballast Water) (PDF 158KB) and  Environment Protection (Ships' Ballast Water) Regulations (PDF 125KB; Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents).

Commonwealth requirements for domestic ballast water management can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' website.

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.

Page last updated on 12 Sep 2017