New laws to better protect the environment
EPA will have increased powers to prevent harm to public health and the environment from pollution and waste.
The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 is intended to come into effect in July 2021. This means EPA will be more equipped than ever to meet the environmental challenges facing Victoria.
The Victorian Government undertook a public inquiry into EPA and released its final conclusions in 2016. You told us you want a world class regulator that prevents harm to the environment and public health.
It’s our commitment to work with Victorians to deliver that vision.
When the amended Act comes into force, EPA will have enhanced powers. We’ll use these to prevent risks to the environment and human health. We’ll also be able to issue stronger sanctions and penalties to hold environmental polluters to account.
The general environmental duty (GED) is a centrepiece of the new laws. It applies to all Victorians. If you conduct activities that pose a risk to human health and the environment, you must understand those risks. You must also take reasonably practicable steps to eliminate or minimise them. In an Australian first, the GED is criminally enforceable.
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Learn more about the proposed final subordinate legislation by attending our webinar on Wednesday 3 February.
Reviewed 18 January 2021