About us

Who we are


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Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Victoria) is part of the environment portfolio (along with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Sustainability Victoria) charged with protecting the Victorian environment. EPA is an administrative office of DELWP and reports to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. EPA’s Governance Charter (publication 1453) details the governance arrangements of EPA and Governance Policy (publication 1561) outlines it's approach to governance. 

EPA’s sole role is to regulate pollution and has independent authority to make regulatory decisions under the Environment Protection Act 1970. Based on its regulatory risk model EPA prioritises its compliance and enforcement activity by addressing the biggest risk to the environment and health – for more information see our Annual Compliance Plan 2014–15 (publication 1572).

EPA aspires to create a healthy environment that supports a liveable and prosperous Victoria. By effectively regulating pollution in Victoria, we strive to deliver clean air, healthy waterways, safe land and minimal disturbances from noise and odour for Victorians.

5 Year Plan 2011–2016

Our 5 Year Plan to 2016 provides the blueprint to realise this vision. It features three strategic priorities:

  • Deal with past pollution.
  • Tackle current environmental issues.
  • Shape the environmental future.

We are striving for these environmental outcomes for all Victorians by 2030:

  • clean air
  • healthy water
  • safe land
  • minimal disturbance from noise and odour.

Annual plans outline our yearly priorities, accompanying the 5 Year Plan.

Page last updated on 31 May 2016