Compliance and enforcement
Learn how EPA prevents harm from pollution and waste through compliance and enforcement.
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EPA aims to prevent the harmful effects of pollution and waste on the environment and human health. To do this, we regulate Victoria's environment under these laws:
Our compliance and enforcement policy was published after external reviews in 2010–11. The policy describes how we ensure compliance, and how we will use our enforcement powers. It also:
EPA can choose to seek an enforceable undertaking instead of prosecution. This means alleged offenders can agree to complete tasks to address harm caused to the environment and/or community.
EPA’s authorised officers (AOs) and senior staff all have roles in compliance and enforcement.
Our informants are AOs who conduct major investigations and work on legal cases.
EPA’s senior staff work on licensing, works approvals and permits, and planning referrals.
Reviewed 13 November 2019