Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has welcomed the release of an independent review of its role and powers after more than four decades of service to Victoria.
EPA CEO Nial Finegan said the Ministerial Advisory Committee’s Independent Inquiry into EPA represented opportunity for reform that will shape positive future environmental outcomes for all Victorians.
“Much has changed since EPA was created in 1971; technology, industry, the role of government, and the environment itself. EPA understands that the community has grown and changed too, as have expectations of its environmental regulator,” Mr Finegan said.
“It was timely that, after 45 years of service, EPA be reviewed to ensure it’s equipped to meet future challenges posed by a changing environment, shifting economy and growing population.”
Mr Finegan said the Inquiry process will take EPA closer to being the modern environmental regulator that Victorians expect it to be – an EPA that protects their health, underpinned by a philosophy of prevention and improvement.
“EPA looks forward to receiving the Victorian Government’s response to the report and to implementing the change that will position it to address the challenges of the future and meet community, industry and government expectations.”
In May 2015, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville, appointed a Ministerial Advisory Committee to undertake an independent review of the EPA.
The review examined EPA's role, powers, governance, funding, and tools and concluded on 31 March 2016. Minister Neville will release the Victorian Government’s response to the report later this year.
For a full copy of report of the Ministerial Advisory Committee’s Independent Inquiry into the EPA, please visit: http://delwp.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/epa-inquiry