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Environmental public health

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Protecting public health has been a critical dimension of EPA Victoria’s role since it was established in 1971. As of 14 December 2016, EPA Victoria is responsible for delivering environmental public health functions as they relate to human health impacts from past, present and potential future waste and pollution. EPA Victoria does this by:

  • raising understanding and awareness of environmental public health risks in the community
  • assisting community in accessing complex scientific information.

Waste and pollution health queries can now be made through EPA’s customer service centre by calling 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC), rather than contacting the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

DHHS remains responsible for delivering environmental public health functions as they relate to hazards connected to human illness and program areas for which DHHS has a statutory responsibility (for example, heat stress).

For more information, please visit DHHS’s websites.

Page last updated on 16 Dec 2016