Our Government Reference Group consists of:

  • government departments
  • agencies
  • other entities. 

As both duty holders and stakeholders, they represent to us the interests and views of government. The Group’s engagement is helping us prepare for when the Environment Protection Act 2017 comes into effect on 1 July 2021.

The Government Reference Group’s main role is to engage with Victorian government departments, agencies and other entities to:

  • support implementation of the Environment Protection Act 2017, subordinate legislation and supporting instruments 
  • improve compliance levels across government, industry and the community, while working to achieve fair business conditions for all 
  • address government, industry and community barriers to compliance to help shape EPA policy and activities 
  • explore ways to partner in development and delivery of ‘inform and educate’ and ‘support to comply’ programs 
  • provide two-way communication between EPA and government departments and agencies 
  • identify emerging issues and other developments that may impact environmental management in Victoria.

Government Reference Group members

Aboriginal Heritage Council 

Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Country Fire Authority

Department of Education and Training

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Department of Health and Human Services 

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Department of Justice and Community Safety

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Department of Transport

Department of Treasury and Finance

Development Victoria

Earth Resources Regulator

Emergency Management Victoria 

Energy Safe Victoria  

Essential Services Commission

Fire Rescue Victoria 

Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group  

Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group  

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group  

Infrastructure Victoria 

Latrobe Valley Authority 

Level Crossing Removal Authority

Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group 

Major Road Projects Victoria 

Major Transport Infrastructure Authority 

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group 

North East Link Project 

North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group 

Parks Victoria 

Planning Panels Victoria

Rail Projects Victoria 

Suburban Rail Loop Authority 

Sustainability Victoria 

Victoria Police 

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority 

Victorian Planning Authority 

Victorian School Building Authority 

Victorian Small Business Commission 

West Gate Tunnel Project 

WorkSafe Victoria 

Find out more about reference groups

How EPA works with reference groups

Community Reference Group

Water Industry Reference Group

Small Business and Manufacturing Reference Group

Agriculture Reference Group

Major Industries Reference Group

Waste and Recycling Reference Group

Reviewed 19 May 2021