This page relates to EPA’s policies and tools under the Environment Protection Act 1970. To find out about EPA’s compliance and enforcement role under the Environment Protection Act 2017, which is intended to come into effect on 1 July 2021, visit the compliance and enforcement page.

As an effective environmental regulator, EPA's role is to monitor industry and ensure it complies with the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act) to achieve the environmental outcomes we want for Victoria.

The Act is a framework to protect Victoria’s environment. It sets out a series of overarching principles that EPA must consider. EPA, and its authorised officers, are also responsible for ensuring compliance with the Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1986.

The compliance and enforcement policy articulates EPA’s approach, method and priorities for ensuring compliance with our Acts and carrying out our compliance and enforcement powers. The policy also identifies many of EPA’s enforcement powers, how they differ depending on the severity of the non-compliance, and an explanation of how and when they are used. EPA commits itself to this policy and the principles it establishes.

EPA will balance the use of its influence and enforcement tools to achieve compliance, uphold environmental standards and drive environmental improvement.


This page was copied from EPA's old website. It was last updated on 14 November 2018.

Read more about compliance and enforcement under the 1970 Act

Reviewed 15 September 2020