Who we are

Organisation structure


EPA Victoria (EPA) works on behalf of all Victorians to protect the environment and human health by preventing and reducing harm from pollution and waste.

EPA sets and enforces environmental standards and strives to achieve clean air, healthy waterways, safe land and minimal disturbances from noise and odour for Victorians.

The EPA corporate structure (GIF image 65KB; PDF 64KB; text description) is divided into five directorates, a Chief Environmental Scientist and one office (Executive Services). A Board Secretary also supports EPA’s Interim Board.

Strategy Performance & Reform

  • Leads the development and implementation of EPA’s organisational strategy, business planning and performance monitoring.
  • Drives the integrated delivery of a major organisation wide reform program as part of the Government’s response to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA.

Corporate Services

  • Sets a strong business foundation and enables the operation of EPA and the delivery of EPA objectives.
  • Builds, maintains and continually improves our corporate capabilities.
  • Provides support and advice to shape and drive organisational efficiency and change.
  • Supports enterprise-wide governance.
  • Delivers programs and services to our people to ensure EPA has the right people at the right time, with the right skills and attributes – and we remain a great place to work.

Regulatory Practice & Strategy

  • Develops and oversees the implementation of strategies to tackle defined environmental issues which then help direct EPA’s operational activities.
  • Leads the organisation in its reform and improvement of operational processes and systems.
  • Is a key support to the operational arms of the organisation.
  • Delivers various EPA regulatory programs.
  • Responsible for the oversight and quality of the environmental audit program and for driving the contaminated land strategy.
  • Better enables Victorians to comply with environmental laws through media and communications.
  • Cultivates relationships that support stakeholders to achieve regulatory and environmental outcomes through partnerships,
  • Provides customers with accessible, accurate and timely information and pollution reporting services.
  • education and funding programs.

Regional Services

  • Drives environmental improvement and adherence to law, through exercising all aspects of the regulatory model in providing constructive compliance and enforcement.
  • Delivers proactive strategic work programs, and responds in accordance with priorities, set through the annual planning process.
  • Actively drives continuous improvement programs to build our regulatory capability and the aspiration to deliver on our promise as a modern regulator.
  • Seeks to deliver a consistent regulatory experience to business and the community across the state through application of compliance and enforcement policy.
  • Actively creates programs to support the ongoing development of a constructive culture.
  • Responds to organisational initiatives in an efficient manner.

Knowledge, Standards & Assessments

  • Develops and reviews Victorian environmental standards and helps people understand these standards by offering guidance.
  • Administers EPA’s approvals and licensing function to drive best practice in industry.
  • Monitors and reports on what’s happening in the environment, to inform EPA’s strategic, policy and regulatory decisions.
  • Supports frontline EPA staff with robust applied science and environmental public health advice, so they can make strong decisions.
  • Ensures EPA has the best applied science capability to deliver our strategic plans.
  • Provides monitoring support for major incidents to ensure critical decisions are underpinned with good science.

Chief Environmental Scientist

  • The Chief Environmental Scientist (CES) position is a newly created role to help strengthen EPA’s capability as a science based regulator.
  • Providing advice to EPA’s Chief Executive Officer and other senior stakeholders including the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, and EPA’s Interim Board, the CES contributes to setting standards of excellence and helps shape EPA’s science strategy.
  • The CES is influential in ensuring increased government, industry and community confidence and trust in EPA’s scientific expertise/advice.
  • The establishment of the CES reflects EPA’s commitment to making science accessible by supporting Victorians to interpret complex information to make informed decisions about their environment.

Executive Services

  • Supports the Chairman and CEO roles.
  • Provides strategic and operational advice to the Chairman and CEO.
  • Manages ministerial, Chairman and CEO correspondence and briefings.
  • Represents the interests of the Chairman and CEO internally.
  • Works with minister’s office, and manage other key government relationships.

To contact staff at EPA, please see our contact details.

Page last updated on 3 Apr 2017