Information on this page is not current law. It details new laws intended to commence on 1 July 2021 under the Environment Protection Act 2017.

We’ve streamlined our processes to ensure the proper enforcement of Victorian environment protection laws.

The Act outlines the circumstances in which we might share information from our investigations with other agencies. Sharing information between agencies will help us find and prosecute offenders more efficiently.

The Act provides EPA and the public with improved access to information while maintaining privacy and legal compliance.

The Act also allows EPA to make environment reference standards (ERS). ERS will detail:

  • the aspects of the environment Victorians value
  • how EPA will protect these aspects 
  • how EPA makes regulatory decisions regarding these aspects.

Under the new Act, EPA has the power to set up a ‘conference of interested persons’. These relate to any matter or decision under consideration, including ERS. This is a powerful way for us to engage with communities on EPA decisions that affect them. It’s also an opportunity for us to better communicate with you about the science, regulations and legislation that govern our decision-making process.

Read more about the new Act

The new Act and the community

What the new Act means for Victorian businesses

We all have a duty to prevent harm: general environmental duty

EPA’s compliance approach

Reviewed 25 May 2020