Learn how local government partners with EPA to prevent harm to human health and the environment.
Information on this page is not current law. It details new laws intended to commence on 1 July 2021 under the amended Environment Protection Act 2017.
Local government (councils) play an important role under the Environment Protection Act 2017 (the Act). They're our partners, joint-regulators and duty holders in the environment protection framework.
Councils regulate several key environmental and human health issues using their powers under the Act. They also act as land managers and provide key services to the community, such as waste collection and landfill management.
EPA regulates council activities that may have environmental or human health impacts, including:
The local government sector guide (publication 1821) is for councils in their role of duty holder. It can help identify which activities could cause harm from pollution and waste. The guide also includes information about managing risks (including examples), legal obligations and common hazards in councils.
Councils play an essential role in protecting the environment and human health. They do this by helping to regulate:
Officers for the Protection of the Local Environment (OPLE) are EPA authorised officers, based in councils. They help council officers with compliance and enforcement action for minor local pollution incidents.
Reviewed 2 October 2020