The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is Tasmania’s principal environmental regulator. The EPA administers the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 and is an integral part of Tasmania's Resource Management and Planning System.
The EPA’s purpose is to regulate developments and activities that may impact on environmental quality and to promote best practice, sustainable environmental management. Its goals are clean air, clean water, clean land, acceptable noise levels and sustainable use of resources.
The EPA comprises a Board and Director. Both the Board and the Director exercise powers at arm's length from State Government and have independent statutory powers under the Act.
Read more about the EPA Board and the EPA Board members.
The EPA is supported by staff of EPA Tasmania, a Division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE). EPA Tasmania staff support the EPA to enable it to make well informed environmental assessment decisions, through an efficient integrated assessment process and to regulate to ensure that major industrial, municipal and community activities employ best practice environmental management.
EPA Tasmania further supports the EPA to promote and facilitate the adoption of clean and sustainable practices, to provide the community with information about the quality of the environment and to improve ambient environmental quality, including the remediation of historical environmental damage.