EPA acknowledges Victoria’s First Nations peoples and their ongoing strength in practising the world’s oldest living culture. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land and water on which we live and work and pay our respect to their Elders past and present.

We acknowledge that:

  • Land and water is of spiritual, cultural and economic importance to Aboriginal people.
  • All places in Victoria exist on the traditional country of Aboriginal Victorians.
  • Aboriginal interests, needs and aspirations are integral to EPA’s core business.

In recognising and respecting thousands of years of environmental stewardship, Victorian Aboriginal peoples’ and their culture is integral to EPA’s regulatory remit to protect human health and environment from the harmful effects of pollution and waste. As part of our regulatory approach we seek to engage and work collaboratively to build a culturally safe and inclusive work environment that is inclusive of Aboriginal perspectives and values.

EPA encourages all Victorians to consider the ways in which they too can acknowledge, respect and protect Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Reviewed 25 June 2020