General information

Our coast and bay, along with rivers, streams, groundwater, and wetlands are some of Victoria’s most valuable natural assets. Good quality water, healthy biological communities, and adequate flows in the waterways are essential to maintain the many demands that we, as a community, place on our water environments.

Healthy, productive waterways are vital for household supplies, industrial and agricultural use, aquaculture and recreation, and to support our tourism industry.

SEPP WoV and SEPP GoV are the key policies, addressing impacts to water quality across Victoria. A review of these policies is needed to ensure Victoria has clear and relevant standards, legal rules, and statutory obligations to protect and improve the health of our water environments.

The review process started in May, 2015, and is expected to be completed in late 2017. The revised policies will be streamlined and user-friendly, outcome focussed, and risk based. The SEPP Review is being led by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), in partnership with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

What is SEPP?

The Environment Protection Act 1970 enables the declaration of SEPPs. SEPPs ensure Victoria has clear and relevant standards, legal rules, and statutory obligations to protect and improve the health of the state’s natural environment.

In accordance with Section 19 of the Environment Protection Act 1970, the policies should be reviewed every 10 years. The SEPP WoV was last reviewed in 2003 and an administrative review of SEPP (GoV) in 2002.