Following a sitting of Parliament on Thursday 23 April 2020, the commencement of the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2017 (the Act) was postponed. It then came into effect on 1 July 2021. During the postponement, EPA continued to regulate under the Environment Protection Act 1970 including subordinate legislation (regulations and statutory policies including state environment protection policies and waste management policies) until the Act commenced. 

The Act is the start of a fairer, more balanced era of environmental regulation for Victorian businesses.

The subordinate legislation – the Environment Protection Regulations and Environment Reference Standard has now been made by the Governor in Council and came into effect on 1 July 2021 with the Act. 

For more information about the Act, contact EPA by calling 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842 – 24 hours) or by emailing engagement@epa.vic.gov.au using the subject line ‘Environment Protection Amendment Act 2017 ’.

Reviewed 31 May 2021