The Environment Protection Act 2017  came into effect on 1 July 2021.

Subordinate legislation to support the Act

During 2019, EPA and DELWP consulted broadly with industry, local government and the community to develop the proposed subordinate legislation.

What we learned from public comment

The public comment period closed on 31 October 2019. We received 317 submissions. More than half of these came from organisations.

We identified more than 2200 individual issues from the submissions.

Common themes include:

  • duty holder readiness for 1 July 2021, including priorities for guidance and support
  • onsite domestic wastewater management systems (septics)
  • declarations of use and classifications (waste)
  • transport and testing of contaminated soils
  • new noise sensitive areas.

View the submissions

 Where the submitter has given permission, you can view submissions on Engage Victoria

Responses to submissions

Th help understand how consultation shaped the final Regulations and ERS, the Government released a report on the results of consultation in December 2020:

The draft Regulations and standards are still available on Engage Victoria.

Next steps

The subordinate legislation – Regulations and standards – have now been made and came into effect together with the Act on 1 July 2021.  

Read more about complying with the laws

How transition to the Act will work

Learn how to manage your environmental risk

EPA tools and powers to support compliance

Reviewed 11 August 2022