Programs and initiatives

Major industries


Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s (EPA’s) Major Industries team works with Victoria’s largest and most complex industrial sites to identify and manage potential environmental risks.

Major industries are classified as those that generate large volumes of waste, discharge high volumes of emissions or treated effluent, or store or process large volumes of chemicals or hazardous materials. Typical sectors include refineries, power stations and chemical manufacturing.

Many of these sites will have existing EPA licence conditions and may already be identified by Worksafe Victoria as a major hazard facility (MHF; WorkSafe)  

Major industries may also include large-scale manufacturers that are ceasing or reducing operations in Victoria and have the potential to leave considerable environmental legacies from past operations.

Major industries assessments

The Major Industries team conducts regular assessments on selected major industry sites. The assessment process includes a detailed audit-based review of the environmental management systems (EMSs), with a focus on the environmental risks identified, together with associated controls. 

In 2015–16, the Major Industries team will assess a selection of sites, both EPA-licensed and unlicensed, across a range of major industries. If your site is selected, we will contact you to explain the process.

Irrespective of whether your site is selected or not, all sites representing a major industry should:

  • establish environmental conditions for your site and identify potential sources of contamination
  • be familiar with the environmental risks associated with and key controls required to manage these risks
  • demonstrate that environmental monitoring programs are targeted
  • ensure familiarity with EPA licence and notice requirements
  • establish procedures and systems to manage EPA licence compliance and to determine when activities are not complying with your EPA licence, permission or relevant standards.
  • complete regular reviews of the environmental management system and address any deficiencies.

Page last updated on 15 Sep 2016