The Environment Protection Act 2017 and the Environment Protection Regulations 2021 introduce two new obligations relating to contaminated land. These are the Duty to manage and the Duty to Notify. The two new duties represent significant changes to the previous contaminated land laws

To support Victorian landowners to comply with their new contaminated land duties Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) developed and released two proposed draft guidelines:

  • Assessing and controlling contaminated land risks: A guide to meeting the duty to manage for those in management or control of land (Duty to Manage Guidelines) (publication 1977)
  • Notifiable contamination guideline: Duty to notify of contaminated land (Duty to Notify Guidelines) (publication 2008).

EPA is seeking feedback on whether the proposed guidelines are clear and easy to use. You can have your say until 9 February 2022.

How to participate

We are seeking your views on EPA publications 1977 and 2008. You can complete the survey questions below. We will use your responses to improve the guidelines.

Language help

A phone interpretation service is available to help those who do not speak English as a first language. For more information, visit Language help

For customers who are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact EPA through the National Relay Service. For more information, visit www.relayservice.gov.au

Next steps

We will use your feedback to make the guidelines easier to use. We will publish the final guidelines on our website (www.epa.vic.gov.au) in June 2022

Privacy collection notice

EPA is committed to protecting your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the Victorian Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

When you make a submission in response to EPA’s Guidance on the New Contaminated Land Duties – Duty to Manage and Duty to Notify, your name and email address will be collected so that we can contact you if we have any queries about your submission.

Upon request, we will send you updates about the consultation process, using your email address. If you no longer wish to receive email updates, you can unsubscribe at any point. If you choose to provide information about your interest in the project, EPA will use this information to help us identify common themes and analyse feedback.

Submissions will not be published. Following the submission period, EPA will collect and analyse all comments and submissions received. EPA will publish a summary of feedback on our website. No personal information will be included in this summary report.

Your information will be held securely within EPA and only used for the purposes outlined above.

For more information on how EPA handles the personal information we collect in carrying out our functions and activities, please refer to our Privacy Policy. For any other questions, including how to seek access to your own personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer by email at privacyofficer@epa.vic.gov.au