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EPA welcomes release of independent review findings

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) welcomed the release of an independent review of its role and powers released by Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville, in May 2016.

The Ministerial Advisory Committee’s Independent Inquiry into EPA represents an opportunity for reform that will shape positive future environmental outcomes for all Victorians.

Much has changed since EPA was created in 1971; technology, industry, the role of government, and the environment itself. EPA understands that the community has grown and changed too, as have expectations of its environmental regulator.

It was timely that, after 45 years of service, EPA be reviewed to ensure it’s equipped to meet future challenges posed by a changing environment, shifting economy and growing population.

The Inquiry process will take EPA closer to being the strong, modern environmental regulator that Victorians expect it to be – an EPA that protects their health, underpinned by a philosophy of prevention and improvement.

EPA looks forward to receiving the Victorian Government’s response to the report and to implementing the change that will position it to address the challenges of the future and meet community, industry and government expectations.


Minister Neville appointed the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) to undertake an independent review of the EPA in May, 2015. The review examined EPA's role, powers, governance, funding, and tools and concluded on 31 March 2016.

Minister Neville will release the Victorian Government’s response to the MAC’s review and report later this year. For a full copy of report of the MAC’s Independent Inquiry into the EPA, please visit this page.

For more information about the Independent Inquiry, you can visit its website.

Page last updated on 16 May 2016