Environmental audit system: EPA's role
Find out how EPA oversees Victoria’s environmental audit system. This includes how we appoint environmental auditors and track their performance.
We oversee the environmental audit system. This includes the appointment of environmental auditors under the Environment Protection Act 2017. EPA appoints auditors for a period of up to 3 years.
EPA issues guidelines for environmental auditors that cover:
An auditor can undertake either preliminary risk screen assessments (PRSA) or environmental audits. Once complete, the environmental auditor will prepare a report and a statement. The auditor provides these to whoever requests the PRSA or environmental audit. Copies must also be provided to EPA.
The planning authority and the responsible authority may also be provided with copies.
EPA has a quality assurance program to check the performance of environmental auditors. The program:
If EPA has concerns about an environmental auditors conduct or the quality of their work, EPA may:
EPA does not:
EPA may enforce environmental audit statement recommendations. EPA can do this through issuing a remedial notice or order.
Reviewed 4 July 2023