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EPA’s reform of the environmental audit system aims to better manage contaminated environments using a more risk-based approach to regulation. The reform program aims to implement recommendations and commitments on all areas of the environmental audit system.
In 2012, EPA and the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) undertook a joint pilot study. Its purpose was to review and identify opportunities to improve risk-based regulation in the area of environmental auditing of contaminated environments under the Environment Protection Act 1970. VCEC’s review recommendations and supporting background analysis provided EPA with direction and guidance to develop its reform program.
The implementation of the reform program has already improved EPA’s internal efficiency and reduced regulatory burdens for industry. It is estimated that the reforms implemented in 2013–14 will save industry approximately $3.96M per year (2013–14 audit reform – Regulatory change measurement; publication 1578).
Audit Reform continues to be a priority transformation project for EPA, aligning closely with many of EPA’s strategic priorities. The vision for audit reform is encapsulated in the statement, ‘Victoria’s Environmental Audit System is robust, efficient, and readily understood by its users and members of the public. It effectively protects the environment and the health of all Victorians while efficiently supporting economic development’.
Due to the magnitude of the changes, EPA’s environmental audit system reforms are being implemented in stages over three years (from April 2013 to June 2016).
The reform involves seven separate projects:
This reform program is allowing EPA to spend more time on activities of greater impact to environmental outcomes, while still upholding our role in environmental protection and the public’s confidence in the auditing system.
Page last updated on 15 Dec 2015