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Environmental auditing publications
This section provides links to publications about the environmental audit system, guidance for environmental auditors, land and groundwater issues, and online copies of environmental audit reports.
Environmental auditing information
Environmental audits overview (for s53X audits only) (publication 1609) is an easy-to-use, printable flier that introduces the audit process.
Environmental auditing of contaminated land (publication 860)
Ministers direction – poten...
Last updated on 6 Jan 2017
EPA’s reform of the environmental audit system aims to better manage contaminated environments using a more risk-based approach to regulation. The reform program aims to implement recommendations and commitments on all areas of the environmental audit system.
In 2012, EPA and the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) undertook a joint pilot study. Its purpose was to review and identify opportunities to improve risk-based regulation in the area of environmental a...
Last updated on 15 Dec 2015
Types of environmental audit
Sections 53X and 53V of the Environment Protection Act 1970 define two types of environmental audits – referred to as 53X and 53V audits.
A 53X (‘condition of the environment’) audit is most frequently used by the planning system and verifies that potentially contaminated land can be used for a specific use (industrial, commercial or residential). From a 53X audit comes either a certificate or statement of enviro...
Last updated on 9 Jun 2016
EPA’s role in the environmental audit system
EPA’s role is to administer the environmental audit system in Victoria, which includes appointing environmental auditors and the review of audits undertaken.
What are EPA’s responsibilities?
EPA’s oversight of the environmental audit system includes:
a rigorous process to appoint auditors
regulating the conduct of auditors (as outlined in the Environment Protection Act), with suspension or revocation of appointment if breached
Last updated on 22 Dec 2016
The sections below provide updates on environmental issues affecting various communities around Victoria....
Last updated on 20 Dec 2016
Odour and air quality – current issues
Some industries can release odours or particles that disturb the community....
Last updated on 20 Nov 2017
Water quality – current issues
Quality problems can arise in any of our water environments, whether urban, coastal or in the bush....
Last updated on 19 Jun 2017
Noise – current issues
EPA Victoria coordinates efforts to prevent and control industrial noise, but some sources of noise may still concern the community....
Last updated on 18 Apr 2013
Landfills – current issues
Landfills provide an important service to business and the community but, if not managed properly, they can cause problems for those living in the surrounding areas. This can be a particularly acute problem in highly urbanised areas, such as Melbourne’s suburbs.
The metropolitan landfills listed below have all had issues in recent times....
Last updated on 15 Oct 2015
Land – current issues
EPA protects beneficial uses of land through measures to prevent contamination of land and groundwater. Some sites, however, present an unacceptable risk to human health or to the environment and must be dealt with as a priority....
Last updated on 20 Dec 2016