Victoria’s agricultural sector is a vital contributor to economic growth, and social and economic wellbeing across Victoria. When farming operations are sustainably managed, they can help preserve and restore critical habitats, protect watersheds, and improve soil health and water quality. When practised without care, the sector also has the potential for a range of environmental threats and impacts.

EPA gives information on the potential environmental impact of your agricultural business. This is to help you minimise any harm to the environment from your farming activities.

The guidance includes information on:

  • livestock planning
  • waste
  • chemicals
  • noise
  • water
  • sediment and dust control. 

Livestock planning





  • Reusing water

    Reusing water can play an important part in reducing the demand on your farm's precious drinking or potable water supplies. With appropriate management, which may include treatment, waste water can be used for a wide range of purposes including both plant uses (e.g. cooling, material washing) or non-plant uses (e.g. irrigation, toilet flushing).

    To reuse waste water in a safe and sustainable way it is important to identify, assess and appropriately manage the risks. These Guidelines describe the necessary risk assessment and risk management process, as well as the EPA approval process for reusing industrial water, Industrial water reuse (IWRG632).

    The Code of practice for small wastewater treatment plants (publication 500) have been developed to facilitate the design of small wastewater treatment systems which serve less than 500 people.

Sediment and dust control

This page is for information only. It may not always be relevant to your farm and does not cover all impacts from your operation. You should continue to seek advice and information from other sources such as your agro-consultant, local councillocal Catchment Management Authority, and Agriculture Victoria. It does not constitute legal advice and you should seek your own legal advice.

This page was copied from EPA's old website. It was last updated on 26 June 2019.

Reviewed 17 September 2020