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.

An enforceable undertaking is a constructive alternative to prosecution. It allows an alleged offender to voluntarily enter into a binding agreement to undertake tasks to settle a contravention of the law and restore the harm caused to the environment and the community.

An enforceable undertaking implements systemic change within a business or by an individual to prevent future breaches of the law.

Enforceable undertakings seek to protect the environment as well as deliver timely and cost effective responses to environmental breaches. The actions in an enforceable undertaking must deliver benefits to a business, industry sector or community that go beyond mere compliance with the law.

EPA will only accept an enforceable undertaking where:

  • the person or company takes active responsibility for the offence and its impacts
  • it is the most appropriate form of enforcement response and will achieve a more effective and long-term environmental outcome than prosecution.

More information about enforceable undertakings is available in EPA’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy and the Enforceable undertakings guidelines (PDF 694KB, from the Victoria Government Gazette).

Current enforceable undertakings

Company name Summary Date of undertaking
Hepburn Shire Council (PDF 1.9MB)
Prosecution 12 June 2015
Goulburn Valley Regional Water (PDF 2.8MB)
Prosecution
16 July 2014
SITA Australia (PDF 445KB)
Prosecution
21 September 2012
Western Region Water Corporation (PDF 576KB)
Prosecution
25 April 2011
Powercor Australia Ltd (PDF 853KB)
Prosecution
25 April 2011
Cargill Processing Ltd (PDF 381KB)
Prosecution
21 April 2011
PZ Cussons P/L (PDF 702KB)
Prosecution
10 February 2011
Boskalis Australia P/L (PDF 654KB)
Prosecution
22 July 2010
South East Water Limited (PDF 649KB)
Prosecution
11 June 2010

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Compliance and enforcement under the 1970 Act

Compliance and enforcement policy

Authorised officer powers

Sanctions

Notices of contravention

Infringement notices

Prosecutions

Remedial notices and directions

Compliance and Enforcement Review

Reviewed 18 August 2020