The new Act will come into effect on 1 July 2021. The new Act and Regulations will allow 'old permissions' covered under the Environment Protection Act 1970 to be rolled over as a permission under the new Act. 

Chart explaining transition of old licences to new permissions

We will still be reviewing licences at regular intervals. Under the new Act, we will review licences approximately every five years.

During the first year of the new framework we may work with you to change your licence conditions, to ensure that it is compatible with the new legislation.

The Regulations include some changes to fees for permissions. The changes to fees have been made in line with the Victorian Government's cost recovery principles. More information about changes to fees is available on the new laws page.

Accredited licence holders

There will be no accredited licences under the new Act. The Regulations do not include a licence fee discount or exemption benefits that apply to current accredited licence holders. 

Instead we will use good performance to guide our approach to permissions and enforcement.

Reviewed 2 July 2021