Call EPA 24 hours a day.1300 372 842 or 1300 EPA VIC
Air quality is important to the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. Most air pollution comes from industry, motor vehicles and domestic wood burning.
EPA plays a role in protecting the community from noise pollution.
Human health and wellbeing relies on the quality of our environment every day.
Many industrial activities require works approvals and licences from EPA.
EPA helps protect Victorians’ health from potential environmental hazards.
EPA works to protect Victoria from pollution during major infrastructure projects.
EPA periodically reviews environmental policy and regulation.
Guidance for business and industry, including licensing, works approvals and planning.
Information about the fees and charges levied by EPA.
EPA’s organisational strategy sets out five goals and how we'll work with Victorians to achieve them.
EPA welcomes the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into EPA.
EPA works with the community, businesses and other organisations to protect the environment.
EPA recognises staff who are leaders in the areas of air quality, inland water, marine water, waste, landfill, land and groundwater, and odour.
The process to submit complaints about the conduct of an EPA authorised officer.
This page provides a snapshot of the different instruments and documents in our legal framework – including how they are used and how they relate to each other.
EPA’s primary Act is the Environment Protection Act 1970 (‘EP Act’; Word 1.8MB, Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents). Guide to the Environment Protection Act gives a brief overview.
We also jointly administer the Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1986 (‘POWBONS Act’; PDF 1.9MB, Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents).
We also administer the National Environment Protection Council (Victoria) Act 1995.
In response to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA , the Government indicated there would be two phases of legislative reform to overhaul the Environment Protection Act 1970.
The first was the passing of the Environment Protection Act 2017 (the 2017 Act). The 2017 Act establishes EPA as an independent statutory authority, and legislates the role of the Governing Board, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Environmental Scientist.
Completing the legislative overhaul is the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (the Amendment Act), which was passed by Parliament and received Royal Assent in August 2018.
The Government intends for the amended 2017 Act to commence on 1 July 2020. Until then, the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the current version of the Environment Protection Act 2017 will continue to apply.
Read more on EPA's legislative reform.
Page last updated on 11 Sep 2018