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New laws to better protect our environment: Consultation open until 31 Oct 2019

On 1 July 2020, the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (the Act) comes into force. 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.

These new laws will ensure we are all responsible for minimising our impacts on the environment.

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) are working together to help Victorians seamlessly transition to the new laws.

Public comment is open from 2 September - 31 October 2019.


To review and have your say on the proposed environment protection regulations and environment reference standards go to - https://engage.vic.gov.au/new-environmental-laws/subordinate-legislation

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