EPA Victoria licensing Reform Program
EPA Victoria is embarking on major reform of its licensing of Scheduled Premises, the most significant reform to EPA’s licensing system in over 30 years. The changes will influence the way licences are governed and managed. EPA’s licences will be streamlined, obligations will be clearer and more outcome focused, and the transparency and consistency of licences will be improved.
EPA’s licences will be streamlined, obligations will be clearer and more outcome focused, and the transparency and consistency of licences will be improved.
Some of the major changes include:
▪ The introduction of a new consolidated reporting mechanism - an Annual Performance Statement required to
▪ be signed by the company CEO
▪ Greater flexibility in meeting obligations and monitoring them - through outcome focused conditions and
▪ requirements to establish a risk-based monitoring plan
▪ No ongoing requirements to develop and maintain an Environmental Improvement Plan
▪ New online portal to access licences and to submit reporting
▪ Licences and reporting made available online through a publically available website
New draft guidance documents have been released by EPA to assist with annual reporting and development of
monitoring plans. These include:
▪ Annual Performance Statement Guidelines (EPA Publication 1320)
▪ Licence Assessment Guidelines (EPA Publication 1321)
▪ Licence Management Guidelines (EPA Publication 1322)
▪ Landfill Licensing Guidelines (EPA Publication 1323)
We would encourage you to download these documents from the EPA website and provide comment back to the EPA or EIANZ on any suggested changes. In the meantime, please forward this information onto any licence holders or interested parties.
We are very interested to hear your views on these guidance documents, so please feel free to let us know your thoughts by emailing to: email@example.com.
More information can be obtained by contacting EPA direct, either through the local client relationship manager (if you are a licence holder) or through central EPA office in Melbourne.