EPA can take businesses and individuals to court if they don’t comply with environmental laws. These laws include the:

  • Environment Protection Act 1970 
  • Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Act 1986. 

Offences after 1 July 2020 will be prosecuted under the Environment Protection Act 2017.

Prosecutions aim to:

  • deter businesses and individuals from engaging in harmful activities
  • reduce the harmful effects of pollution and waste on Victoria’s environment and its people.   

A prosecution is a legal proceeding in Victoria's court system. It seeks to hold people to account for breaking the law. EPA prosecutions can result in penalties such as:

  • fines 
  • direction to fund a community environmental project 
  • court costs. 

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How EPA uses prosecutions to protect the environment 

Latest prosecutions

  1. JOHNSON, Charles Roy

    Melbourne
  2. DAVEY, Bryce

    Ringwood
  3. Coliban Region Water Corporation (ABN: 96 549 082 360)

    Kyneton Magistrates' Court
  4. Hunt Environmental Pty Ltd (ACN: 166 717 648)

    Wangaratta
  5. SHINGARI, Kashyap

    Werribee
  6. LANDSBOROUGH, Steven

    Maryborough
  7. ALI IBRAHIM, Ibrahim

    Geelong
  8. JAYAS, Pulkit

    Broadmeadows
  9. HICKINBOTHAM, Deborah

    Bendigo Magistrates' Court
  10. HICKINBOTHAM, Rohan

    Bendigo Magistrates' Court
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