The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) provides a framework for the environmental regulation of PFAS-contaminated materials and sites that is:

  • consistent
  • practical
  • risk-based. 

As agreed by the Heads of EPA Australia and New Zealand (HEPA), the PFAS NEMP:

  • represents the state of knowledge
  • defines nationally consistent standards for managing environmental contamination.

It has been developed as an adaptive plan and is regularly updated in response to emerging research and knowledge.

Download the PFAS NEMP

History of the PFAS NEMP

Drafting version 1.0 of the plan began at the Environmental Regulators PFAS summit in Melbourne on 4–5 April 2017. This session was hosted by EPA Victoria, on behalf of EPAs Australia and New Zealand, and the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy.

The summit, which attracted more than 100 participants, involved regulators from all Australian jurisdictions and national and international experts on the environmental regulation of PFAS.

Version 2.0 of the PFAS NEMP was published in January 2020.

Version 3.0 of the PFAS NEMP is now available for public consultation.



As an emerging contaminant, our collective understanding of PFAS is constantly improving. Version 3.0 of the PFAS NEMP is now available in draft form for the purposes of public consultation.

Visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to: 

  • Access information on key changes proposed in version 3.0
  • Download the version 3.0 draft
  • Make a submission for consideration.

Public consultation is open until 28 February 2023.

Information sessions

To support you in making a submission, EPA Victoria is holding a community information session at 3pm on 2 February 2023. This session will outline how the PFAS NEMP 3.0 is likely to be implemented in Victoria and how it may inform EPA’s regulatory decision making. 
This session is intended to support you in making a written submission on the draft. Questions and discussion during these sessions will be limited to changes and additions in the PFAS NEMP 3.0.
Consultation sessions are also being held with industry representatives who work with biosolids, organics, waste and contaminated land. These will also be held in February 2023. Email to register.


Reviewed 21 December 2022