Setting and reviewing standards

Waste Management Policy (Solid Fuel Heaters) variation

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has commenced a review of the Waste Management Policy (Solid Fuel Heaters) 2004, with the intention of varying the policy.

What is the review about?

This Waste Management Policy sets a framework for protecting our air environment from woodsmoke pollution.

The purpose of the variation is to incorporate a power output and efficiency standard for newly manufactured solid-fuel heaters (based on Australian Standards AS/NZS 4012:2014). The policy already incorporates the emission standard (AS/NZS 4013:2014).

This review will also consider the most appropriate way to ensure that newly manufactured and sold solid-fuel heaters meet these standards, and that manufacturers and suppliers of solid fuel heaters can demonstrate their products are compliant.

How can you get involved?

EPA would like to hear from all interested stakeholders, particularly those in the solid-fuel heater industry, to consider how they may be affected by the proposed new standard, and to explore options for compliance. Your feedback will inform the development of a policy impact assessment (PIA) and a new waste management policy.

If you may be affected by this proposed change and would like to submit information, or would like to receive email updates on the review (including details of opportunities for further participation), please email:

Your input may be made public. If you would like your contribution to remain confidential, please mark this clearly in your comments.

Page last updated on 13 Apr 2017