The Environment Protection Act 2017 (the Act) provides new community protections and rights. Under the new laws: 

  • businesses must work to protect the environment and human health from the impacts of pollution and waste 
  • EPA has greater powers to pursue and prosecute offenders 
  • fines have increased 
  • you have rights if a person or company’s failure to comply with the Act has affected you.  

The Act also promotes greater information sharing and community participation.

About community protections and new tools under the Act

Read more about the new Act

What the new Act means for the Victorian 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 6 September 2021