The amended Environment Protection Amendment Act 2017 comes into effect on 1 July 2021.

Subordinate legislation to support the new Act

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

What we learnt 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 2,200 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

Substantive comments will receive a formal response through the Response to Public Comment Report.

This report will be published on Engage Victoria when the Regulations and standards are made.

The draft Regulations and standards are available on Engage Victoria.

Next steps

In line with usual legislative processes, the subordinate legislation - Regulations and standards - will be made in 2021, prior to the commencement of the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018.

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Read more about complying with the new laws

How transition to the new Act will work

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EPA tools and powers to support compliance

Reviewed 19 March 2021