New environmental laws and the community
From 1 July 2021 EPA will have increased powers to prevent harm to you and the environment from pollution and waste.
The amended Environment Protection Act 2017 makes sure EPA is more equipped than ever to meet the environmental challenges facing Victoria.
The Victorian Government undertook a public inquiry into EPA and released its final conclusions in 2016. You told us you want a world class regulator that prevents harm to the environment and public health.
It’s our commitment to work with Victorians to deliver that vision.
The amended Act comes into effect on 1 July 2021. EPA will then have enhanced powers to prevent risks to the environment and human health. We’ll also be able to issue stronger sanctions and penalties to hold environmental polluters to account.
The general environmental duty (GED) is a centrepiece of the new laws. It applies to all Victorians. If you conduct activities that pose a risk to human health and the environment, you must understand those risks. You must also take reasonably practicable steps to eliminate or minimise them. In an Australian first, the GED is criminally enforceable.
Contact us if you have questions about subordinate legislation and industry guidance development, or to get involved. You can also contact us with general questions about the new laws.
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Reviewed 18 March 2021