Who we are

Organisation structure

EPA Victoria (EPA) works on behalf of all Victorians to protect the environment and human health by preventing and reducing harm from pollution and waste.

EPA sets and enforces environmental standards and strives to achieve clean air, healthy waterways, safe land and minimal disturbances from noise and odour for Victorians.

The EPA corporate structure (PDF 48KB; long description) is divided into six directorates: Strategy, People & Performance; Board Secretary & Corporate; Practice & Assurance; Regional Services; Assessments; Applied Science/Chief Environmental Scientist; and one office (Executive Services).

Strategy, People & Performance

  • Drives integrated delivery of a major organisation wide reform program as part of the Government’s response to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA.
  • Leads the development and implementation of EPA’s organisational strategy, business planning and performance monitoring.
  • Sets high-level strategy, policy and standards.
  • Better enables Victorians to comply with environmental laws through strategic communications activities.
  • Cultivates relationships that support stakeholders to achieve regulatory and environmental outcomes through partnerships.
  • Provides customers with accessible, accurate and timely information and pollution reporting services.

Board Secretary & Corporate

  • Sets a strong business foundation and enables the operation of EPA and the delivery of EPA objectives.
  • Supports EPA’s Governing Board.
  • Facilitates organisational governance and board reporting through the Board Secretary.
  • Provides support and advice to shape and drive organisational efficiency and change.
  • Delivers programs and services to our people to ensure EPA has the right people at the right time, with the right skills and attributes – and we remain a great place to work.

Practice & Assurance

  • Develops and oversees the implementation of strategies to tackle defined environmental issues which then help direct EPA’s operational activities.
  • Responsible for delivering key reforms, including the pilot of local environment protection officers in councils and EPA’s sanction strategy.
  • Leads the organisation in its reform and improvement of operational processes and systems.
  • Is a key support to the operational arms of the organisation.
  • Delivers various EPA regulatory programs.
  • Responsible for the oversight and quality of the environmental audit program and for driving the contaminated land strategy.
  • Education and funding programs.

Regional Services

  • Drives environmental improvement and adherence to law, through exercising all aspects of the regulatory model in providing constructive compliance and enforcement.
  • Delivers proactive strategic work programs and responds in accordance with priorities, set through the annual planning process.
  • Actively drives continuous improvement programs to build our regulatory capability and the aspiration to deliver on our promise as a modern regulator.
  • Seeks to deliver a consistent regulatory experience to business and the community across the state through application of compliance and enforcement policy.
  • Actively creates programs to support the ongoing development of a constructive culture.
  • Responds to organisational initiatives in an efficient manner.


  • Develops and reviews Victorian environmental standards and helps people understand these standards by offering guidance.
  • Administers EPA’s approvals and licensing function to drive best practice in industry.
  • Monitors and reports on what’s happening in the environment, to inform EPA’s strategic, policy and regulatory decisions.

Applied Science/Chief Environmental Scientist

  • Supports frontline EPA staff with robust applied science and environmental public health advice, so they can make strong decisions.
  • Ensures EPA has best applied science capability to deliver our strategic plans.
  • Provides monitoring support for major incidents to ensure critical decisions are underpinning with good science.
  • The Chief Environmental Scientist (CES) position is a newly created role to help strengthen EPA’s capability as a science based regulator.
  • Providing advice to EPA’s Chief Executive Officer and other senior stakeholders including the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, and EPA’s Governing Board, the CES contributes to setting standards of excellence and helps shape EPA’s science strategy.
  • The CES is influential in ensuring increased government, industry and community confidence and trust in EPA’s scientific expertise/advice.
  • The establishment of the CES reflects EPA’s commitment to making science accessible by supporting Victorians to interpret complex information to make informed decisions about their environment.

Executive Services

  • Supports the Chairperson and CEO roles.
  • Provides strategic and operational advice to the Chairperson and CEO.
  • Manages ministerial, Chairperson and CEO correspondence and briefings.
  • Represents the interests of the Chairperson and CEO internally.
  • Works with minister’s office, and manage other key government relationships.

To contact staff at EPA, please see our contact details.

Page last updated on 10 Sep 2018