From 1 July 2020, the new environment protection laws will take effect. EPA will be ready to exercise its increased powers to protect the environment and human health. Some parts of the law will come into effect gradually, while others will be enforceable from day one.

EPA will take a practical approach to enforcement and will support voluntary compliance.

If you have taken reasonable steps to understand and meet your obligations under the Act, we’ll support you. We’ll also support businesses with considerable changes to their compliance obligations.

If your legal obligations have not changed significantly, but you haven’t tried to understand or follow the new laws, we’ll act to make sure you meet your obligations.

If you currently hold an EPA licence, you’ll continue to do so under the new Act. We’ll contact all licence holders as we transition to the new laws.

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A clearer penalty structure for offenders

New controls and permissions

Changing how you work

Better information sharing

Reviewed 7 November 2019