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EPA Victoria (EPA) is an independent statutory authority. We operate under the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act).

The Act defines how we work with community and industry to prevent and reduce environmental and health impacts from pollution and waste.  

As part of our role, we administer and enforce laws to protect our environment and health from pollution and waste in Victoria.  

Find out about our key powers and how we action them

New laws

The Environment Protection Act 2018 (the Amendment Act) will come into effect on 1 July 2020. It changes how we regulate pollution, waste and contamination in Victoria. It’s the start of a fairer and more balanced approach to environmental regulation for Victoria.

The Amendment Act will change the role Victorian businesses and the community play in protecting:

  • the environment
  • human health and wellbeing. 

About our laws

Reviewed 6 November 2019