Legislation

Water legislation


For more information, also refer to the Environment Protection Act 1970 and Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017.

State Environment Protection Policy (Waters)

The State Environment Protection Policy (Waters) provides a framework for the protection and management of water quality in Victoria, covering surface waters, estuarine and marine waters and groundwaters across the State.

Get details about the State Environment Protection Policy (Waters)

Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1986

Get details about the Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1986.

Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Regulations 2012

The Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Regulations 2012 support the Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Act 1986. The Regulations set out to whom, how and within what time frame a discharge or probable discharge of oil or an oily mixture must be notified and reported. They prescribe the form of a ship’s oil record book, the circumstances in which entries must be made in an oil record and other matters relating to the retention of oil record books.

The Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Regulations 2012 are available online at the Victorian Law Today Library. Hard copies (paper) are available from the Information Victoria Bookshop and for viewing at the EPA Victoria Library.

Ships’ Ballast Water

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments ("the Ballast Water Management Convention"), which introduces global regulations to control the transfer of potentially invasive species, entered into force both internationally and in Australia on8 September 2017. As a result, EPA Victoria no longer regulates domestic ballast water management in Victoria.

From 8 September 2017, the Commonwealth's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will regulate both international and domestic ballast water management in Victoria, superseding the Victorian Waste Management Policy (Ships' Ballast Water) and the Environment Protection (Ships' Ballast Water) Regulations.

Requirements for the Commonwealth Government for the management of domestic ballast water can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' website.

Page last updated on 19 Oct 2018