State environment protection policies
There are two state environment protection policies (SEPPs) about air quality.
State Environment Protection Policy (Ambient Air Quality)
SEPP (Ambient Air Quality) sets air quality objectives and goals for all of Victoria. The SEPP generally adopts the National Environment Protection Council (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (NEPM) requirements, but also includes a stronger annual standard for PM10 and a standard for visibility reducing particles.
- Gazette (PDF) (No. S19 9/2/1999)
- variation (PDF) to the policy (on page 48 of the Gazette) (No. S240 23/12/2001)
- second variation (PDF) (No. G30 28/07/2016)
- consolidated version (PDF) of the SEPP.
State Environment Protection Policy (Air Quality Management)
SEPP (Air Quality Management) puts in place the framework for managing emissions to Victoria’s air environment. It covers all sources of pollutants so that the air quality objectives outlined in SEPP (Ambient Air Quality) are met. It aims to have the cleanest air possible while having regard for Victoria’s economic and social development.
View the Gazette (PDF) (No. S240 21/12/2001)
Protocols for Environmental Management (PEMs)
The Protocols for Environmental Management incorporated under SEPP (Air Quality Management) are:
- Greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency in industry (publication 824)
- Minimum control measures for stationary sources (publication 829)
- Mining and extractive industries (publication 1191)
Industrial Waste Management Policy (Protection of the Ozone Layer)
This policy aims to prevent depletion of stratospheric ozone. It does this by minimising the release into the atmosphere of ozone-depleting substances. For example:
- methyl bromide.
View the Gazette (PDF) (No. S193) 5/11/2001)
Waste Management Policy (Solid Fuel Heating)
This policy aims to improve air quality in Victoria and protect the environment, human health and amenity by reducing emissions from solid fuel heating.
Environment Protection (Vehicle Emissions) Regulations 2013
The Regulations aim to minimise the negative impacts on Victorians and the environment of air and noise emissions from motor vehicles and the release of petrol vapours relating to the production of petrol.
The Regulations are available at Victorian Legislation.
Reviewed 26 May 2020