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Compliance and enforcement

EPA officers inspecting onsite.

As an effective environmental regulator, EPA's role is to monitor industry and ensure it complies with the Environment Protection Act 1970 to achieve the environmental outcomes we want for Victoria. The EP Act is a framework to protect Victoria’s environment and it also sets out a series of overarching principles that EPA must consider. EPA, and its Authorised Officers, are also responsible for ensuring compliance with the Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1986.

EPA aims to be an effective regulator and an influential authority on environmental impacts that exercises its statutory authority fairly and credibly. The Compliance and Enforcement Policy articulates EPA’s approach, method and priorities for ensuring compliance with our Acts and carrying out our compliance and enforcement powers.

The policy also identifies many of EPA’s enforcement powers, how they differ depending on the severity of the non-compliance, and an explanation of how and when they are used. EPA commits itself to this policy and the principles it establishes.

EPA will balance the use of its influence and enforcement tools to achieve compliance, uphold environmental standards and drive environmental improvement.

Page last updated on 14 Nov 2018