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Air quality is important to the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. Most air pollution comes from industry, motor vehicles and domestic wood burning.
EPA plays a role in protecting the community from noise pollution.
Human health and wellbeing relies on the quality of our environment every day.
Many industrial activities require works approvals and licences from EPA.
EPA helps protect Victorians’ health from potential environmental hazards.
EPA works to protect Victoria from pollution during major infrastructure projects.
EPA periodically reviews environmental policy and regulation.
Guidance for business and industry, including licensing, works approvals and planning.
Information about the fees and charges levied by EPA.
EPA’s organisational strategy sets out five goals and how we'll work with Victorians to achieve them.
EPA welcomes the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into EPA.
EPA works with the community, businesses and other organisations to protect the environment.
EPA recognises staff who are leaders in the areas of air quality, inland water, marine water, waste, landfill, land and groundwater, and odour.
The process to submit complaints about the conduct of an EPA authorised officer.
The annual performance statement (APS) is the way licence holders publicly report their environmental performance. It is a public declaration of the licence holder’s performance against licence conditions in the previous financial year. It must be signed by the most senior executive in the company.
Significant penalties, including jail terms, exist for executives providing false or misleading information to EPA.
APSs are submitted at the end of September each year. All submitted APSs undergo a preliminary verification check to ensure that data is complete. EPA compares available information with what has been attested by the licence holder’s senior executive to indicate the likelihood that an APS contains false or misleading information. Statements that have a higher likelihood of containing false or misleading information will be selected for targeted detailed assessments, along with a selection of statements containing a lower likelihood.
EPA uses information from APSs as a source of intelligence leading to targeted licence inspections. This may occur on an individual level (such as repeated non-compliances that need to be remedied) or on a broader level (such as targeting action in certain sectors or on specific conditions). EPA authorised officers may also assess some or all of a site’s APS declarations during a standard licence compliance inspection, particularly with regard to a site’s monitoring program.
In 2014–15, thirty site-based detailed assessments will be conducted to verify APS declarations. An additional number of APSs will be identified for a detailed desktop-based assessment. Both of these approaches will require licence holders to produce or send documentation and evidence in support of their APS declaration. If an operator fails to demonstrate how they determined compliance, EPA will serve a remedial notice requiring an appropriate monitoring program be established. Officers will also collect evidence to determine if the executive has provided false or misleading statement in the APS. EPA will actively seek penalties against executives making false or misleading statements.
Page last updated on 13 Nov 2017