On 1 July 2021, the amended Environment Protection Act 2017 (the Act) came into force. This is the single greatest overhaul of environment protection legislation in Victoria since the tabling of the Environment Protection Act 1970.
- These new laws ensure we are all responsible for minimising our impacts on the environment.
- EPA is required to undertake consultation in relation to a range of decisions and activities under the Act.
- The Act requires development of a Charter of Consultation
S53(2) The Charter of Consultation—
a) must include guidelines relating to processes for determining applications for permissions; and
b) must include guidelines for the public notification of, and consultation relating to, applications for permissions; and
c) must include any prescribed matters; and
d) may include any other matters that the Authority considers appropriate.
EPA developed a Draft Charter of Consultation. It described the purpose of consultation at EPA, the context in which it occurs, EPA’s commitment to consultation, and outlined specific consultation processes relating to key regulatory activities and decisions.
In September 2019 EPA released the Draft Charter of Consultation for feedback from our stakeholders and the Victorian community about the usefulness of the document, its scope, whether it supported understanding of consultation at EPA, and how it might be improved.
Following feedback from stakeholders during the consultation period, amendments were made to the draft Charter of Consultation and the Charter of Consultation was published on 15 June 2021.
EPA thanks all those who provided comments on the draft Charter of Consultation and has published a response to comments - draft Charter of Consultation to provide feedback on how comments were addressed in the final document.