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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.
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 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.
In some cases, due to the nature of a breach of the law, or history of an offender, a sanction or punishment should be applied.
EPA supports responsive sanctioning to complement its compliance and enforcement activities. Responsive sanctioning uses punishment constructively to improve environmental outcomes. It is particularly relevant to the use of enforceable undertakings and court-imposed alternative penalty orders.
Alternative penalty orders allow the court to require an offender to carry out a specified project to restore or enhance the environment, rather than issue a fine or warning.
The principles governing responsive sanctioning aim to:
EPA takes an escalating approach to sanctions, ranging from a warning as the least severe to a prosecution and licence or permit revocation as the most severe. Further information on EPA’s approach to sanctioning is available in the Compliance and Enforcement Policy and the links below.
Page last updated on 1 Sep 2014