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Are you prepared for the new environmental protection laws?

March 18, 2020

The Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) new environmental protection laws intend to come into effect on 1 July 2020. These reforms will require all businesses to prevent and manage risk of harm to people and the environment.

So that to assist businesses in preparing for these changes, the EPA has developed a ‘self-assessment tool’. The tool intends to help businesses across Victoria in preparing for what changes they might need to make to comply with the new requirements under the Environment Protection Act 2017 and associated regulations. The EPA have advised that the self-assessment tool will be particularly useful for small business that do low-risk activities, which do not require an EPA licence or permit.

Access the EPA’s self-assessment tool.

An important addition of the new Act is the General Environmental Duty (GED). The GED states that any person engaging in an activity that can cause harm to public health or the environment, from pollution or waste, must minimize those risks. The self-assessment tool will assist businesses with understanding the GED framework and the relevant processes and concepts of how to apply relevant requirements. 

HIA have been working with the EPA and providing continuous feedback throughout the process of the EPA’s legislative and regulatory reforms. If you wish to discuss the EPA’s legislative and regulatory reform further in any capacity, please contact Teresa Davis via email or alternatively 03 9280 8230.