The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for Tasmania is established under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, which provides for:
- the establishment of the Environment Protection Authority, with a Board and Director;
- the Authority to be part of the Resource Management and Planning System (RMPS);
- the membership of the EPA Board, with an independent chairperson, deputy chairperson, two other independent members and the Director;
- the Board's functions to be clearly focused on achieving the objectives of the Act and to provide the Board with the capacity to provide advice to the Minister on issues that may significantly affect the achievement of the objectives of the Act;
- a requirement for the Board to prepare an annual report for tabling in Parliament;
- the repeal of Ministerial powers to 'call-in' a decision that would have otherwise been made by the Board;
- a requirement for the Minister to prepare a Statement of Expectation and the Board to prepare a Statement of Intent; and
- the authorisation of officers by the Director.
As part of the RMPS, the EPA has strong integration with the other Acts and in particular, the Land Use and Planning and Approvals Act 1993.
The EPA Director also has responsibilities under -
The EPA was established through amendments to EMPCA in 2007, which commenced on 1 July 2008. Prior to the EPA Board, equivalent functions were undertaken by the Board of Environmental Management and Pollution Control.