Understanding your environmental obligations
You need to understand and manage the risks your business activities may pose to human health and the environment.
Information on this page is not current law. It details new laws that commence on 1 July 2021 under the amended Environment Protection Act 2017.
What you need to do to comply depends on scale of your activities and how complex they are. It also depends on the nature of the risks you need to manage.
Find out more about how you can manage your environmental risk and build your state of knowledge. State of knowledge is the information you should reasonably know about managing the risks your business activities pose.
There are specific duties for businesses generating or dealing with industrial waste.
There are also specific duties for those in control of potentially contaminated land.
We work with businesses to help the build knowledge, capability and capacity to prevent environmental harm.
In turn, we expect business owners or operators to learn what their obligations are and comply with them.
Your business must:
We expect you to be open and honest in your dealings with us. EPA takes an escalating approach to enforcement This means we respond more harshly if a business is resistant, evasive or doesn’t account for its risks.
Reviewed 22 February 2021