The Victorian Government has released its response to the 48 recommendations made by the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
A core principle of the reform is to “deliver better environment and human health outcomes for Victorians”. This presents a timely opportunity to establish clear and appropriate outcomes for the environment and human health in Victoria. Recognising that it is not just the environment and health sectors that have a role in achieving environmental and health goals, these outcomes should apply across government.
While the inquiry and response relate to reform of the EPA specifically, a number of the recommendations require coordination with other agencies and departments. Clear environment and human health outcomes that apply across government will help facilitate a consistent and aligned approach that delivers enhanced benefits for Victorians.
The government response commits to a once-in-a-generation transformation of the EPA to equip it for the future. A modernised environment protection framework with increased resourcing will ensure that the EPA can continue to protect the health of Victorians, our environment and our world-recognised liveability as Victoria's population continues to grow.