State environment protection policies

State environment protection policies (SEPPs) are subordinate legislation made under the provisions of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to provide more detailed requirements and guidance for the application of the Act to Victoria.

Subordinate legislation is law made by a body that has been delegated the power to create law by an Act of Parliament. It is used to implement the policies outlined in the primary legislation (or Act) and its powers cannot exceed those provided in the primary Act.

SEPPs aim to safeguard the environmental values and human activities (beneficial uses) that need protection in the State of Victoria from the effect of pollution and waste, such as:

  • human health and wellbeing
  • ecosystem protection
  • visibility
  • useful life and aesthetic appearance of buildings, structures, property and materials
  • aesthetic enjoyment and
  • local amenity.

SEPPs express in law the community’s expectations, needs and priorities for using and protecting the environment. They establish the uses and values of the environment that the community wants to protect, define the environmental quality objectives and describe the attainment and management programs that will ensure the necessary environmental quality is maintained and improved.

Under the Environment Protection Act 1970, the requirements in environmental regulations, works approvals, licences and other regulatory tools must be consistent with SEPPs.

Air policies

Land policies

Noise policies

Water policies

Page last updated on 19 Oct 2018