The Victorian Government has reviewed two State Environment Protection Policies (SEPPs) - Waters of Victoria and its schedules, and Groundwaters of Victoria - to ensure Victoria has clear and relevant water quality standards and obligations to protect and improve the health of our water environments.

As part of the SEPP (Waters) review, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have developed a new draft SEPP (Waters), a policy impact assessment and an implementation plan.

The draft SEPP (Waters) is a streamlined policy that merges the two existing water SEPPs.

This review is a key action in the implementation of Water for Victoria – our long-term plan for managing the state’s water resources.

The review provides a simple, more streamlined policy that reflects community values, applies updated science, better clarifies industry obligations, and provides for greater accountability.

Consultation on the draft SEPP (Waters), draft policy impact assessment and draft implementation plan is open until 19 June 2018.

Have your say

A submission can be made by filling in the submission form below OR by mailing your submission by post to SEPP Waters Manager, Level 10, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, 3002 OR or by emailing your general submission to Water.SEPPreview@delwp.vic.gov.au. Submissions must be received no later than 19 June 2018.

Submission Form

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4. Has the Draft SEPP (Waters) achieved these objectives?

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Clauses 20-31 waste and waste water management. If you do not have any comments, please leave the cell blank.

Clauses 32-42 management of specific risks to beneficial uses. If you do not have any comments, please leave the cell blank

Clauses 43-52 surface waters. If you do not have any comments, please leave this cell blank

Clauses 53-59 groundwater. If you do not have any comments, please leave this cell blank.

Schedules in the draft policy detail the segments, beneficial uses, environmental quality indicators and objectives, pollutant load reduction targets and areas of high conservation value. Refer to Schedules 1 – 5.

The Policy Impact Assessment analyses changes from the current obligations to those proposed changes in the draft SEPP (Waters).

13. Has the Draft Implementation Plan identified the highest priorities to be addressed in the first 3-5 years of implementing the policy.

Implementation Plan

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Privacy and confidentiality

Privacy Statement

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

The personal contact information you provide will be kept separate from the body of your submission and used to administer the public consultation process only.

Your personal contact information will not be circulated outside of DELWP and Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Your contact details will be used by DELWP/EPA to update you on the results of the consultation process because the Environment Protection Act 1970 requires that the EPA must, before recommending to the Governor in Council the varied policy, respond in writing to each person who has lodged a submission. We might also need to seek clarification from you on your submission.

For more information read DELWP's Information Privacy Policy at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/privacy.

Confidentiality of Your Submission

Your Submission has been collected by DELWP for the purpose of informing government water quality policy. DELWP may do the following with the content of your submission.

1. Publish a copy of your submission on the DELWP website or other Victorian Government website.

2. Quote directly from your feedback in the DELWP response to feedback.

All submissions are public documents. Please do not include personally identifying information in the body of your submission.

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