Environmental public health

Contaminated land


Contaminated land is often a byproduct of our industrial past – a time when our awareness about protecting the environment was much lower than it is now.

When soil contains elevated levels of metals or other substances, it does not automatically mean that a human health risk exists. However, there is increased public awareness of the potential for soil contamination, especially in areas where children spend time or play.

Councils need to manage contaminated land consistently, effectively and transparently. To do this, they should develop policies and procedures specific to their municipality to deal with potentially contaminated sites. Careful planning and early community engagement are essential.

Managing risks associated with land contamination: Guidance for councils (PDF 2.2MB) provides the tools to assist local councils in developing a policy and procedure for effectively managing contaminated sites.

Victoria Unearthed

Victoria Unearthed is a new online tool that has been created to provide access to more information about potential and existing contamination through the state.

Victoria Unearthed includes a range of data, mostly from EPA, that’s already publicly available, and now made easier for people to access in one place at one time. This includes data about groundwater quality restricted use zones, environmental audits, the location of Environmental Audit Overlays, historical business listings (Sands and McDougall directories) and past and present landfills.

Click here to access Victoria Unearthed.

Page last updated on 19 Mar 2019