Overview

On 1 July 2021 the amended Environment Protection Act 2017 (the new Act) will come into effect. This is the single greatest overhaul of environment protection legislation in Victoria since the tabling of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

An important part of the Act is the general environmental duty (GED). The GED says that any person engaging in an activity that can cause harm to public health or the environment, from pollution or waste, must minimise those risks. From Government to business to community, the GED applies to all Victorians.

The first piece of work we consulted on was subordinate legislation. Subordinate legislation is the group of tools that will support the new Act. These tools include regulations to support the Act and Environmental Reference Standards.

The draft subordinate legislation and supporting documents were released for public consultation for 60 days, from 2 September to 31 October 2019, and prompted 317 submissions.

To support duty holder and peer regulator readiness for the commencement of the amended Environment Protection Act 2017, the Government released proposed final versions of the Regulations and ERS in December 2020. These versions have not yet been formally approved by the Governor in Council, but they reflect changes made based on feedback received during the 2019 consultation. Follow the link below to find out more about the proposed final Regulations and ERS.

EPA also consulted on a Draft Charter of Consultation. A Charter of Consultation is required under the new Act and describes EPA's commitment to consultation and outlines specific consultation processes relating to key regulatory activities and decisions.

Follow this page for updates on the development and implementation of the new laws.