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. Western Region Water Cooperation (ABN: 67 433 835 375)

    Sunshine Magistrates’ Court
  2. ANASIS, Alex

    Moorabbin
  3. HE, John Xiangdong

    Broadmeadows
  4. KHARTABIL, Hisham (Director of Kamata Homes Pty Ltd)

    Broadmeadows
  5. Kamata Homes Pty Ltd (ABN: 79 130 155 305)

    Broadmeadows
  6. Hazelwood Churchill Pty Ltd

    Melbourne
  7. Hazelwood Pacific Pty Ltd

    Melbourne
  8. National Power Australia Investments Limited

    Melbourne
  9. Australian Power Partners B.V.

    Melbourne
  10. C&D Recycling Pty Ltd (ACN: 165 693 603)

    Geelong