Environmental auditing: EPA's role
Find out how EPA oversees Victoria’s environmental audit system. This includes how we appoint environmental auditors and monitor their performance.
We oversee the appointment of environmental auditors under the Environment Protection Act 1970. An auditor’s initial appointment period is generally two years. After that, appointments can be for up to five years.
On completing an environmental audit, the auditor must provide a copy of the report to:
For 53X audits, this includes the certificate or statement of environmental audit.
EPA has a quality assurance program to monitor auditor’s performance. It includes how we:
EPA does not:
New laws are intended to come into effect on 1 July 2021. We’ll continue to oversee the environmental audit system under the new Environment Protection Act 2017. EPA may also have a role in the enforcement of audit recommendations relating to long-term management measures. In this case, it will be through our site management orders.
EPA will be the main regulator of contaminated land under the new Environment Protection Act 2017. This includes the duty to manage contaminated land and the duty to notify of contamination above a certain threshold. An environmental audit is an important tool we may use to investigate compliance with these duties.
Reviewed 24 October 2019