Councils have an important and longstanding role in regulating onsite wastewater management systems (such as septic tanks). The Environment Protection Act 2017 and Environment Protection Regulations 2021 provide councils with a range of powers and tools to support OWMS regulation.
The laws relating to OWMS that council can enforce include:
We invite your feedback on two draft guidelines that have been developed to help council officers in Victoria understand and enforce relevant laws under the Act and Regulations:
Together these guidelines are an update of EPA’s Code of Practice (publication 891.4) which was last updated in 2016.
Neither guideline sets out mandatory requirements. They give information on risk-based approaches to minimise the risk of harm to human health and the environment from onsite wastewater.
Proposed changes aim to:
How to comment and provide feedback
To view the draft guidelines and other material, visit Engage Victoria. Have your say and make a submission by Tuesday 8 August 2023.
The scope of this project relates to the draft guidelines and is not a review of the Environment Protection Regulations 2021.