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EPA administers the:

  • Environment Protection Act 1970
  • National Environment Protection Council (Victoria) Act 1995
  • Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1986 (jointly).

Subordinate legislation sits under the Environment Protection Act 1970. This allows EPA to regulate pollution and waste that impacts human health and the environment.

Subordinate legislation aims to protect air, water and land. It also covers noise, waste and serious chemical hazards. It includes:

EPA regulates industry’s greenhouse gas emissions as part of protecting air quality. When we make a works approval or licensing decision, we look at industry’s potential to impact climate change.

EPA must also uphold certain legislation. This includes laws that deal with:

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About EPA and legislation

Legislation EPA administers

Legislation hierarchy

EPA and subordinate legislation

EPA and regulations

State Environment Protection Policies (SEPPs)

Air legislation

Climate change legislation

Land and groundwater legislation

Notifiable Chemical Orders (NCOs)

Noise legislation

Waste legislation

Waste Management Policies (WMPs)

Water legislation

Water-related policies

Use of EPA logo

Other legislation

Legislation EPA follows

EPA and privacy

Privacy and EPA's Interaction Portal

EPA website privacy

Staff and protected disclosures

Disability laws

Freedom of information laws 

Reviewed 12 December 2019