Victoria's new environment protection laws

Environmental sustainability in transport

Environmental sustainability is a key priority for us. We recognise that the transport network is public space that contributes to healthy, sustainable and liveable communities.

In addition to complying with around 40 state, federal and international environment and heritage acts and treaties, we strive to be a leader in protecting cultural heritage values, human health and the environment.

Amendments to the Environment Protection Act 2017 will change the way we manage the environmental impact of our activities.

Environment Protection Act 2017 

The Environment Protection Act 2017 came into effect on 1 July 2021. The Act reflects a generational change in the way we protect and prevent harm to human health and the environment from pollution and waste.

The Act is underpinned by the General Environmental Duty (GED) which requires anyone engaging in an activity that could pose risks to human health and the environment, to understand the risks and take reasonably practicable steps to eliminate or minimise them. 

Failure to comply with the Act and GED can lead to significant penalties, which may be civil, administrative, or criminal. 

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If you have any questions specific to environmental management for Department of Transport projects, please contact us at [email protected].