Wed 27 Sep 2017

EPA Victoria – Organisational Strategy and Annual Plan 2017-18:

EPA Victoria’s Organisational Strategy and Annual Plan sets out what EPA will deliver in 2017-18 and is available for download – Click Here.

In order to create a healthy environment that supports a liveable and prosperous Victoria, EPA is focusing on specific outcomes based on the following five goals…

  • Prevent harm
  • Equip community and business
  • Be an influential authority
  • Respond to environmental harm
  • Organisational excellence

A key focus of the Strategy and Plan will be the development of Victoria’s environmental public health capability. EPA is now responsible for environmental health functions that relate to human health impacts from past, present and future waste and pollution. In order to provide Victorians with timely, accurate health advice on pollution and waste, EPA Victoria will ensure this new function is embedded in its business.

EPA Victoria has also established a Chief Environmental Scientist function to provide the community with an authoritative and expert voice on environmental and human health issues.

EPA will commence work on a new sanction strategy to improve timely and effective use of sanctions. In 2017-18, Victorians will see more EPA officers on the ground. EPA’s local government environment protection officer pilot program will enable an improved and consistent response to amenity, pollution and waste issues.

In 2017-18, EPA Victoria will focus on several complex pollution and waste issues in addition to its broad regulatory activities. These issues have been identified by EPA as requiring a targeted effort. They include:

  • Implementation of specific leachate management conditions in landfill licences to reduce off-site and amenity impacts that pose risks to the community and the environment;
  • Addressing illegal dumping of hazardous materials, including asbestos, through EPA’s Illegal Dumping Strikeforce Program;
  • Improving industry practices to reduce and prevent the contamination of land, groundwater and stormwater through strategic compliance and engagement programs;
  • Prevention of land and groundwater contamination from underground petroleum storage tanks through targeted compliance and education activities;
  • Improving EPA’s knowledge and capability to manage emerging contaminants of concern such as PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances)
  • Further developing our knowledge and approach to assessing the impact of air pollutants on the environment and public health;
  • Developing a management strategy for the environmental and human health impacts of lead contamination at current and former shooting ranges.

EPA is continuously striving to improve the way it identifies these focus areas and will be engaging with stakeholders (such as CCF Victoria) to help inform future priorities. CCF Victoria will provide more detailed information about key elements of the Organisational Strategy and Annual Plan in forthcoming E-News bulletins.