Learn about odour pollution, what the law says about odour, EPA’s role and how to report odour.
Offensive odours are smells that are very unpleasant. Most odours come from landfills, food processing plants and sewage treatment.
A bad smell can prevent you from opening your windows or spending time outside. Odours can sometimes cause headaches, nausea and vomiting. If odour impacts your health, contact your doctor.
EPA sets the standards for air quality in Victoria. We provide rules and guidance businesses must follow to minimise harmful odour pollution.
Reviewed 20 November 2019