What it contains

This Compliance Code applies to the eight major transport infrastructure projects currently being delivered in Victoria that have already undergone an Environment Effects Statement (EES) assessment process under the Environment Effects Act 1978:

  • North East Link Project
  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project, known as the Metro Tunnel Project
  • West Gate Tunnel Project
  • Mordialloc Freeway (also referred to as the Mordialloc Bypass Project)
  • Western Highway Project – Section 2B – Buangor to Ararat
  • Echuca-Moama Bridge Project (Stage 3)
  • Edithvale and Bonbeach Level Crossing Removal Projects
  • Princes Highway East Duplication Project (Stage 3).

Through the EES process for each project, EPA had strong input into the assessment, elimination and minimisation of risks of harm to human health and the environment from each project and is satisfied that the existing approvals and frameworks will appropriately cover the relevant requirements of the Environment Protection Act 2017 (the Act), the Environment Protection Regulations 2021 (Regulations) and associated subordinate legislation and instruments.

EPA considered a compliance code was the most appropriate tool to provide duty holders with assurance.

The Code provides practical guidance on how to comply with specific duties and obligations under the Act and Regulations. It focuses on the following duties and obligations:

EPA considers that by linking these specific duties and obligations to relevant statutory approvals and contractual requirements, the practical guidance provided by the Code will help to ensure that the relevant projects can continue to undertake the design and construction activity in accordance with the measures established during the relevant EES process.

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22 June 2021

Reviewed 9 July 2021